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End Of The Mountaintop Removal Road Show

This note came from Dave Cooper, whose Mountaintop Removal Road Show made its way to Iowa along the way. There is no stauncher ally in advocating against mountaintop removal coal mining. Dave will be missed, but the work will go … Continue reading

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Frac Sand Mines in Iowa

A friend from the fight against the coal-fired power plants in Waterloo and Marshalltown sent a note about mining companies wanting to move into Iowa to extract silica sand for hydraulic fracturing. There is a lot of silica sand laying … Continue reading

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50,000 Megawatts of Coal Plants Retired

Settlement Between the Sierra Club and Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Brings Clean Air Victory to Iowans DES MOINES, Iowa– On Jan. 22, the Sierra Club and Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Company announced a landmark settlement that requires the Iowa utility … Continue reading

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HF 561 & Iowa's Senator Liz Mathis

As readers should know, we oppose HF 561, a bill in the legislature relating to new nuclear power in Iowa. In advocating against this bill, what has become clear is that whatever the resolution, the outcome is not about which … Continue reading

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Don't put Iowa's Farmers at Risk from Costly Nuclear Power

by Francis Thicke As we approach the first anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and ensuing nuclear tragedy in Japan, it is a fitting time to remember the human costs after several nuclear reactors melted down in Fukushima. Hundreds of thousands … Continue reading

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In Response to the MidAmerican Energy Video

Today, MidAmerican Energy released a new YouTube video making their case for passage of HF 561. While they criticize what they call “special interest groups” in the public discussion of this bill, what they fail to say is that they … Continue reading

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Nuclear Power Bill to be Considered by Commerce Committee on March 8

Mike Glover of the Associated Press is retiring in May, and the work must get easier as his last day as a State Capitol reporter approaches. For example, Glover could phone it in and run a story similar to the … Continue reading

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NRC: Iowa's Hero or Villain?

During Iowa’s debate over HF 561, an act relating to the permitting, licensing, construction and operation of nuclear generating facilities, it seems unclear whether the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is a villain or a hero. Proponents of nuclear power have … Continue reading

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SMRs and Iowa's Energy Future

During Iowa’s public discussion of nuclear power over the last three years, proponents have frequently mentioned Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) as the solution to some of the problems with nuclear power. That current nuclear technology is flawed, resulting in massive … Continue reading

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Nuclear Power – 'Off the Table'

MidAmerican Energy made it clear today that if HF 561, or some form of it, does not become law, nuclear power will be “off the table” in Iowa and the electric utility will deal with it by increasing their use … Continue reading

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