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Your Opinion: Invest in safe, affordable power

Your Opinion: Invest in safe, affordable power

February 10th, 2013 by Greg Polowy, Jefferson City in News

Dear Editor:

Jobs, jobs, jobs. It's the word on everyone's mind right now in Missouri and the country. We all want our state's economic condition to improve - attracting major industries and high-paying jobs. Certainly we look to our elected officials to set policies that spur job creation and economic growth.

That's why I applaud Sen. Mike Kehoe for his strong leadership with economic policies and specifically the ISRS bill.

The benefits of investing in infrastructure, specifically energy infrastructure, have been proven to be an excellent investment in our quality of life (reliability, jobs, safety, economy, etc.).

It's been well documented that around 80 percent of our power comes from coal and those plants are aging. These valuable Missouri assets, as well as our substations, poles, wires and gas lines need to be maintained and improved as necessary.

It just makes sense that we do all we can to protect one of the cornerstones of our economy - safe, affordable, reliable power.

There has been plenty of talk about attracting the $25 billion Small Modular Reactor industry to our state. How attractive is that if we can't invest in our basic infrastructure needs?

And let's not forget that when we build those substations, poles, wires, gas lines and upgrade our power plants, lots of Missourians are getting good jobs and stirring the economy in a positive direction.