I would like to respond to the announcement made recently by Governor Nixon about the application for DOE funding for a new nuclear power plant in Missouri.

To the editor:

I would like to respond to the announcement made recently by Governor Nixon about the application for DOE funding for a new nuclear power plant in Missouri. Missourians don’t want nuclear power. It’s too expensive and too dangerous. For more jobs and inexpensive electricity, we need to focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Their potential is much greater than with nuclear power – six times more jobs through energy efficiency and two to three times more through wind and solar compared to nuclear power.

Ameren has tried, unsuccessfully, to change Missouri law so ratepayers would pay for a new nuclear power plant, even though it may take too long to build or may not even be finished. Now Westinghouse wants taxpayers to pay for it at the federal level. KCP&L is supporting this, even though it settled years ago to focus on efficiency programs and wind energy.

The dangers are:

Radioactive accidents, as with the Fukishima nuclear disaster. Radioactive waste, which is being stored illegally at the Calloway plant in Missouri since the U.S. was supposed to have already found a disposal site. The terrorist threat of weapons-usable enriched uranium and the plant itself as a target. Production of global warming emissions, potentially at the same level as a natural gas plant.