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If at first you don't succeed in expanding an outdated and costly yet financially struggling form of energy in Wisconsin, try, try again.

That seems to be the attitude of Republican state legislators toward nuclear power.

Once again, they're pushing to ditch one of the most commonsense laws on Wisconsin books -- that no new nuclear reactors can be constructed in the state unless there is a repository to store the long-lived radioactive waste and unless the energy is economically advantageous to the taxpayer. Neither of those conditions is true, and neither is likely to be met in the foreseeable future.

I fail to understand why some state legislators remain determined to prop up the nuclear industry here, which after more than 50 years of public support nationally still can't stand on its own.

Just two years ago, the Kewaunee nuclear plant shut down, due to economic pressures. There are now more defunct (Kewaunee and La Crosse) than functioning (Point Beach) nuclear plants in Wisconsin.

Shouldn't that tell us something?

-- Diane Farsetta, Madison

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