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Letter: We must reduce our reliance on fossil fuels

The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the newspaper by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Echo Press. To submit a letter, send it to aedenloff@echopress.com or Echo Press, P.O. Box 549, Alexandria, MN 56308.

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To the editor:
At a recent Kiwanis meeting, a local electrical engineer warned the attendees that without the development of nuclear energy, the United States would not be able to adequately reduce its dependence on coal, oil and natural gas in time to forestall catastrophic climate change.
Even lacking the climate disasters we are already experiencing, driven by population growth and the advanced demand for electricity, the U. S. will need more sustainable fuels. Under current plans, wind and solar alone will not provide enough basic electricity, especially when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining! A safe, sustainable 24/7 power source is essential. That’s nuclear.
He explained that in the past public opinion opposed nuclear development because of accidents which happened in the U. S. and Ukraine years ago. However, newly developed approaches which solve the old safety and disposal issues are in the works as, for example, the Generation 4 modular Terrapower and Xpower using liquid sodium with advanced metallurgy. China plans to build 150 nuclear plants using the new tech in the next 15 years. You can check out Chinese Generation 4 technology online.
Polls show that while some of us Golden Oldies are living in the past, a majority of citizens under 40 favor developing nuclear as a safe, sustainable alternative to the fossil fuels that are the primary drivers of extreme forest fires, floods, air pollution and vector borne diseases like Lyme’s, for example. While nuclear energy is expensive to develop, the cost of climate enhanced disasters is now in the billions. The Russian attack on Ukraine has shown us that we must reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Can we afford to wait? Or will we be forced to use Chinese reactors in the future? The children who will inherit this Earth await your answer.

Jeanne Johnson
Minnesota 7th Congressional District
Citizens Climate Education Network
Citizens Climate Lobby
Alexandria, MN

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The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the newspaper by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Echo Press. To submit a letter, send it to aedenloff@echopress.com or Echo Press, P.O. Box 549, Alexandria, MN 56308.
The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the newspaper by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Echo Press. To submit a letter, send it to aedenloff@echopress.com or Echo Press, P.O. Box 549, Alexandria, MN 56308.
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The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the newspaper by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Echo Press. To submit a letter, send it to aedenloff@echopress.com or Echo Press, P.O. Box 549, Alexandria, MN 56308.