You are green: Now what?

September 15, 2009
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IBJ Daily readers are keenly interested in environmental issues, if a poll conducted by IBJ in conjunction with Walker Information is any indication.

If you were a subscriber to the Daily in late July, you received an e-mail survey with a number of questions about issues ranging from air quality to Cash for Clunkers. The results were published in the most recent IBJ. You can see them here.

Support was strong for mass transit, regulating carbon emissions and even paying higher gas taxes to fund public transportation.

Another interesting point was the widespread support for nuclear energy. Only 25 percent of the respondents opposed construction of nuclear plants in the state (not surprisingly, hardly anyone felt the waste should be stored here).

Nukes clearly are shedding their pariah status. Coincidentally, Indiana lawmakers are considering allowing nuclear plants to start charging customers before construction is finished. That would put them on a more equal plane with “clean coal” power plants.

How do you feel about nuclear power? Is it time to reconsider it?

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  • Nuclear power seems like a great idea until we recall that the waste disposal issue. Shipping it out into someone else's environment is not a sollution when we realize that our Earth is one environment that we all share. Until a real solution to the waste is found nuclear energy is off the table. The second barrier is the cost and length of time it takes to complete construction. By the time that a nuclear plant is able to replace Indiana'a dependence of coal, a safe mix of renewable energy source on a "smart grid" can be in place. People who want to know more about alternatives could attend a Living Lean and Green Workshop at the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library.

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