when we heal the earth, we heal ourselves. david orr

Alicia on The Mike Nowak Show

Chicago horticulture expert Mike Nowak invited me on his radio show to discuss Earth Hour. LISTEN HERE. I'm about 3/4 of the way into the recording.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

US Senator Responds to My Complaint About Nuclear Energy

Remember when I made THIS VIDEO about nuclear energy? I contacted all of my representatives in congress to let them know I oppose the expansion of nuclear facilities. Here's what US Senator Roland Burris had to say:

Dear Ms. Ontiveros:

Thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts about alternative energy. I appreciate hearing your perspective on this crucial subject.

Our nation faces few challenges more important than the energy crisis. Current means of energy production and irresponsible consumption habits have compromised our environment and natural resources. We are reliant on unstable regions of the world for oil. We need to reform our energy policy to end our addiction to foreign oil, invest in our environment, and create millions of green jobs in research and manufacturing.

Today, Illinois stands at the forefront of energy production in the United States. Six nuclear power plants contribute half of our state’s energy. Coal produces the other half. Although coal is an abundant source of energy, I believe we need to cap carbon emissions and look to energy alternatives to develop new ways of using our resources.

Improving our vehicles, exploring solar and wind technology, and investing in geothermal energy will not only help solve our energy crisis, it will benefit people all across Illinois. Already home to the Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Illinois has the opportunity to continue its strong record of alternative energy exploration. Developing the next generation of energy sources will create jobs in a number of fields that are beneficial to the well being of our planet as well as our economy.

I will continue to listen closely to what you and other Illinoisans have to say about matters before Congress, the concerns of our communities, and the issues facing Illinois and the nation. My job is not about merely supporting or opposing legislation; it is also about bridging the divide that has paralyzed our nation's politics.


Roland W. Burris
United States Senator

So, coal and nuclear power plants are going 50/50 on Illinois energy production. There are heavy WASTE DISPOSAL ISSUES on the North Shore, as reported by CBS 2 News last year.

But, we have hope. The concept of an OFFSHORE WIND FARM IN LAKE MICHIGAN is getting new attention as Evanston's City Council moves forward with their $400 million plan. They'll have to jump through a lot of hoops, though, to get it approved. The earliest we can expect action on a proposal like this is seven years.

Somewhere Bruce Becker is laughing. HE STATED ON ECOCHAT (@6:15) that he doesn't think a wind farm like this will go up in the next decade, at least in the Chicago area.

Do you have any thoughts?

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