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Letters to the editor published in the July 20, 2011, edition of The Explorer.

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Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 3:00 am

Nuclear power has a place in our energy future

David Safier wrote recently in The Explorer (“The future is in clean, renewable energy,” June 15, 2011) about the Fukushima event(s) seemingly obsessed not with management’s epic struggle to stabilize the plants but with cries of, oh we were lied to over and over again.

Safier then asks, “How can anyone believe industry PR people who claim nuclear plants, like the huge Palo Verde facility outside Phoenix, are safe from a Fukushima-level catastrophe?”

Excuse me. Has anyone noticed any serious seismic activity or tsunamis 50 miles west of Phoenix lately? So Safier has to stain the Palo Verde success by equating it with the Fukushima experience. Not nice, but a good try.

Here’s what electrical industry leaders have had to say about nuclear power. Last year Black & Veatch surveyed 329 electric utility leaders and found they still view nuclear energy as the best way to achieve environmental improvement while meeting energy needs of the future. B&V added that,

“clearly industry insiders believe nuclear energy represents an environmentally acceptable way to produce the needed base load capacity in the future.”

This year B&V surveyed 700 electrical utility executives and found that 48 percent strongly disagreed that in five years, renewables technology would advance that energy source to be unquestionably competitive with more traditional sources (coal and nuclear). Not a lot has changed from last year’s survey. Nuclear is in a dead heat with natural gas as the top choice among environmentally acceptable power sources.

The Wall Street Journal says, “while renewables are more expensive today the price may look good in two decades.” Indisputably, among electric industry leaders, nuclear power has a place in our energy future.

Bill Listug, SaddleBrooke


Give Giffords’ constituents a voice in Congress

It was and remains a tragedy that (Congresswoman Gabrielle) Giffords was shot. However, her district (CD08) remains unrepresented in Congress. I am certain all of her constituents are hopeful she will soon return to represent her district. 

All of her constituents, supporters and opponents are being cheated by the tragedy. In the meantime we are not being represented. If her return is not imminent, it is my hope that Giffords will do the right thing and resign, thereby allowing a democrat to be appointed in her place to complete her term and give her constituents a voice in Congress.

Ken Kinared


We need to question public debt

“The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.”

This is the first sentence of Section 4 of the 14th Amendment to our United States Constitution. One can argue that all of our debt has been authorized; it exists.

Before the Republican leaders in our legislature hold us all hostage over the debt as they did in Minnesota, seems to me they must first amend our 14th Amendment. Or are they above our laws?

 

Ben F. Love, Oro Valley

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