As our examples for local environmental racism, we chose
to report on XCel Energy. This should catch the
attention of many UW-L students, as we receive our
energy from an XCel facility, located on French Island,
which has been at the center of controversy in its own
right. This portion of the website will be utilizing
criticism levied on XCel by numerous environmental and
social justice organizations. Sources will be provided
to further aid education concerning XCel, their history,
and their current practices.
It’s quite difficult to highlight cases surrounding XCel,
as they all deserve to be explored. However, we will be
concentrating on two cases in relatively close proximity
to La Crosse. They are the Prairie Island Nuclear Power
Plant and the Manitoba Hydro Hydroelectric Dam.
“XCel has a strong tradition of environmental
stewardship-protecting the delicate balance between the
need for reliable energy and minimizing environmental
impact from energy production and distribution.”
Reading the above statement, one would be led to believe
XCel is a responsible corporate citizen. However, if we
examine their track record, we come to find a history
quite to the contrary.