The New Energy Reform Act advocates allocating big subsidies to nuclear energy including government insurance for delayed starts for nuclear plants and guarantees for failed nuclear bonds. Keep in mind that this is not a small commitment since half of the nuclear bonds issued in the past did fail. Backing nuclear bonds could cost taxpayers $90 to $180 billion. Barack Obama emphasizes renewable energy, but indicated he is willing to support nuclear plants if they can be proven to be safe and the radioactive waste can be stored safely.
This attention to nuclear plants contrasts with the campaign themes of Ashwin Madia and Al Franken who both emphasized building the green economy with renewable energy. Perhaps this is not surprising given that Minnesota is third highest producer of wind energy and ties with Iowa in providing the highest percent of its electricity with wind power - 7 1/2 percent. The 1,366 megawatts of electricity produced by wind is just the beginning. Developers have requested 23,000 megawatts of wind energy projects, 17 times the current production, in the Buffalo Ridge area in SE Minnesota. In comparison to nuclear energy, electricity produced from wind costs one third less to half as much, produces no toxic waste, does not use valuable water resources, and contributes to the economic growth of local communities where wind turbines are located. For more information on the potential of wind to produce clean energy, and the cost of reducing CO2 using energy conservation and different energy sources, see http://myaurora.org/aurorawiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=432