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As someone with a longstanding interest in energy and environmental issues, Minnesota can be a little strange. The state, or at least the central part of it, often seems like a wholly owned subsidiary of Xcel Energy (Northern States Power Company). I’m appalled by the ease with which Xcel seems able to impose its will, and the lack of dignity and self-respect with which officials and self-proclaimed energy/environmental advocates kowtow, grin and shuffle, for Xcel. Worse, I’m living in Red Wing, blessed with two Xcel nuclear reactors, Prairie Island 1 and 2, two Xcel garbage incinerators ( an old convertedcoal plant) and an Xcel nuclear waste parking lot, all within the city limits. As far as what Xcel has to offer, Red Wing has it all!
There are so many interlocking scams going on, involving so many entities and so many moral and intellectual failures, that it can look and feel overwhelming. I’m going to focus on one here and ask for your help: Continue Reading →