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Pro-nuclear GOP senator urges Tennessee to reject wind farm

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Sen. Lamar Alexander. AP photo Sen. Lamar Alexander. AP photo

By ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press Writer

NASHVILLE  (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is urging his fellow Tennesseans to oppose what he calls an "unsightly" wind farm near the Cumberland Mountain State Park.

The company building the turbines near Crossville says the $130 million project emits no pollution, creates no hazardous waste, and will provide a safe energy alternative near wildlife and natural areas.

Alexander is a longtime supporter of nuclear energy. He argued on the Senate floor this week that the 23 wind turbines Apex Clean Energy wants to install are "massive" and would spoil the "natural beauty of our state."

"We should not allow anyone to destroy the environment in the name of saving it," said Alexander, arguing that wind energy is being fueled by "billions in wasteful taxpayer subsidies."

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