America needs nuclear energy | Opinion

On May 20 at approximately 4:05 pm, I received the following text message from a family member who works at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant: “They just tripped the reactor for the last time.”

In my mind the deep bass and refrain from that old song by Queen, “Another One Bites the Dust.” was playing. Eight-hundred megawatts of reliable clean carbon-free energy had been removed from the grid primarily due to the economics of producing that power. When climate friendly energy is needed more than ever to supply power to the utopian carbon-free world, nuclear plants are closing. Having worked at Cook nuclear for 11 years, it was a bittersweet feeling.

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Mike Ford is a retired engineer who was transferred by AEP from central Ohio to the Cook nuclear power plant in 1999. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Lincoln Township with their energetic yellow lab, Polley Hamilton.


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