Missouri has been a net exporter of power to neighboring states but, according to the experts at some of the state’s electric utilities, that has changed. We now import our power so instead of being sellers of electricity, we are buyers of it. As a result we will be paying higher electricity costs in the foreseeable future and that’s even without Cap and Trade taxes and the ridiculous “save the planet” regulations that are being proposed by left wing politicians. Missourians will suffer at least a doubling of the cost of electric power as coal plants are shut down, new ones are not built and nothing practical replaces them.
This could change, however. Missouri COULD become a net exporter of electric power once again and provide its citizens with even cheaper electric power in the future if two or three nuclear power plants were constructed in the state. This would mean immediate jobs for those building the new plants. It would mean that Missourians could buy power at a much lower cost and nobody can argue seriously that construction of a few nuclear power plants in the state would not be a huge advantage, offering all sorts of benefits, for residents.
Nuclear power has proven to
be a reliable, non-polluting, cheap and a practical source of energy in France
and elsewhere but the images left in the public’s mind by Hollywood lefties
like Jane Fonda (the movie The China Syndrome), the Three Mile Island fiasco and
the phony claims of the environmental lobby have frightened politicians and
those in industry as well.
With few exceptions, such as Senator Tim Green of St Louis, political leaders continue to ignore the obvious potential of nuclear
power and intend to stick the people who must work for a living with a huge but
politically correct energy policy that is bound to lower the standard of living
for everyone except the elites with big trust funds where "work" is a social activity, not a necessity.
Legislation such as Cap and Trade and restrictions on building nuclear power plants make no sense at all today and people should tell the politicians to ignore the hysteria about nuclear power and start planning for the future in a practical way. They could at least act to change the economic fate of those living in Missouri if they would exhibit some common sense and make it possible to start construction of nuclear power plants right now.