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I try to read the paper every day, but I was not aware that the Illinois legislature enacted the 2016 Future Energy Jobs Act. This state law mandates Illinois source 25% of its electricity from renewables, primarily from windmills and solar, by 2025. In February of this year, Illinois State Rep. Will Davis (D) promised to introduce the “Path to 100 Act”, which will mandate 40% renewables by 2040 with the eventual goal of 100%. Although backed by well- funded renewable lobbyists, both foreign and domestic, neither bill will have any effect on the climate but will greatly reduce the state citizen’s standards of living.

If you get a chance, watch the TED talk on the internet by Michael Shellenberger titled “Why renewables can’t save the planet.” Michael was an environmental activist until he actually studied the facts and faced reality. He, like many other scientists, concludes that nuclear power is the only safe and reliable way to power the world’s increasing energy demands. Renewables are incredibly inefficient with a short life-span and huge footprint. Nuclear power generated in Illinois currently accounts for 53% of the state’s electricity with zero emissions. And there have been zero fatalities due to nuclear power in the United States or Japan including the Fukushima natural disaster. Nuclear power provides 75% of France’s electricity.

Truth is we already have 53% clean energy in Illinois.

Steve Funk, Decatur

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