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Editorial on the mark

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 5:00 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Your recent editorial touting the value of nuclear energy in Illinois hit the bull’s-eye.

Human activity effects our environment. While the debate rages on about the extent of that impact, we can take steps to lessen our production of emissions that effect public health today and degrade our ecosystems in the long run.

Nuclear power generates a huge volume of energy vital for industry and economic growth. It does so without any carbon emissions. And while great alternatives such as wind and solar continue to mature, they cannot meet our demand for consistent base load power today.

The Illinois Clean Energy Coalition produced a study this year showing that nuclear power prevented 92 million tons of carbon dioxide pollution in Illinois in only one year (www.ilcleanenergy.org).

We can continue to reduce pollution, power our economy, support jobs, and maintain a safe, reliable electricity supply with the help of nuclear power.

Doug O’Brien

Illinois Clean Energy Coalition

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