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Chamber of Commerce unhappy with nuclear power vote

The Minnesota House vote to retain a ban on nuclear energy drew strong criticism Friday from David Olson, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce president.
“We’re extremely disappointed by the Minnesota House vote.

The Minnesota House vote to retain a ban on nuclear energy drew strong criticism Friday from David Olson, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce president.

“We’re extremely disappointed by the Minnesota House vote. It’s shortsighted and presents a dangerous scenario for this state’s base-load energy needs,” he said.

The Minnesota House voted 72-60 to keep the ban on additional nuclear power in place. Earlier this month, the Senate voted 42-24 to remove the ban.

“That means 102 legislators voted to repeal the gag rule that prevents regulators from talking about nuclear energy,” Olson said. “Why won’t the other 96 lawmakers even let us seriously consider it?”

Olson said there may soon be an electricity shortage and that the Legislature has to take the problem seriously.

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“The Legislature’s action prohibits a serious discussion of new nuclear as an option to meet our needs and essentially says that Minnesota’s base-load energy policy is ‘just say no.’”