Ideology defeated reason:Who Told Vermont To Be Stupid?
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#1 Sep 1, 2013
Ideology defeated reason:
Who Told Vermont To Be Stupid?
#2 Sep 1, 2013
In a week when we celebrated one of the greatest speeches in history, we also saw discrimination win over science. Again. Ideology defeated reason. As a scientist, I was saddened in a way I am not usually wont.
The Great State of Vermont threw away cheap clean energy this week out of ignorance and fear. Vermont chose to be stupid, and will hurt the environment as a sidebar.
#3 Sep 1, 2013
Earlier this week, Entergy Corporation announced plans to close and decommission its Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Vernon, Vermont. The power station was producing 0ver 70% of the State’s power, carbon-free. I guess we don’t have to envy Vermonters anymore.
The station will stop power production after its present nuclear fuel runs its course and move to safe shutdown at the end of 2014. The station will remain under the oversight of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission throughout the decommissioning process and for the decades following until final disposition of its waste, and the building itself, is finalized.
#4 Sep 1, 2013
The official reason given by Entergy ETR +0.33% was a combination of financial factors including:
- abundant low-cost natural gas from fracking,
- financial investments required by an increasingly onerous regulatory environment brought on by unfounded fears from the Fukushima disaster even in the face of a stellar safety record and a completely different safety case, and
- wholesale market design flaws that maintain artificially low energy and capacity prices in the region, and actively suppress the benefits of the lowest costing energy that merchant nuclear and hydroelectric plants have long provided the people of Vermont (Marv Fertel, NEI).
But we all know the real reason. Nasty politics and ignorance. The latter is forgivable and rectifiable with a little homework. The former is not. Dr. Art Woolf, Professor of Economics at University of Vermont, put it best in the BurlingtonFreePress –
#5 Sep 1, 2013
Read More at Forbes:
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I cover the underlying drivers of energy, technology and society.
#6 Sep 1, 2013
#7 Sep 1, 2013
Vermonters should only be paying 8¢/kWhr, not the 18¢/kWhr they’re paying now, nor the 20¢/kWhr they’ll be paying in the next few years.
#8 Sep 1, 2013
That is called dialing up the stock price artificial respiration...
Entergy’s stock price had been flat for a decade...it goes below $60 bucks they will be in trouble big time.
You guys are just too funny!
This is just corporate spin...
#9 Sep 1, 2013
Alex Jones ( Infowars.com ) was just saying the other day how Forbes has some good articles but the problem with them is they're ridiculously pro-nuke
as are ewe
"I guess we don’t have to envy Vermonters anymore."
-no need to envy the Japanese (once healthy economy) anymore either
Thanks to nuketardedness
'Ten Strikes Against Nuclear Power'
"Nuclear power is not a climate solution. It may produce lower-carbon energy, but it is not clean energy."
#10 Sep 2, 2013
...ISO New England Inc., the Regional Transmission Organization (RTO), is rushing to fill this new electricity shortage with oil and gas. 2.3 billion kilowatt-hours of new oil-fired generation will dump 1.6 million metric tons of CO2 into the air, and 4.1 million more tons will be emitted by increased gas-fired production, just to compensate for this unnecessary execution.
#11 Sep 2, 2013
Peter Shumlin founded his political career on opposition to Vermont Yankee, and accelerated it when Vermont’s utilities sold the plant to what he calls “Entergy Louisiana” in 2002. He ardently supported, though he did not initiate, the extortion of $28 million from Entergy in return for allowing an unexceptional uprate of the plant’s power output in 2003.
He supported the continued extortion of Entergy to extract another $28 million in 2005 in return for allowing Entergy to store spent fuel rods in concrete casks at Entergy’s expense on its own property.
He strongly supported the two judicially overturned acts of the legislature that put 180 politicians – the great majority of them anti-nuclear Shumlin supporters – in charge of whether Entergy could be allowed to continue operation of the plant beyond its scheduled closing date of March 22, 2012.
When Entergy applied for Public Service Board authority to extend the plant’s operation, Shumlin notoriously tried to extort it again to sell power to Vermont utilities at below market prices. This is not rumor. This was found to be fact by the Federal District Court in its 2012 ruling against the state.
He rarely if ever passed up the opportunity to advise us that “Entergy can’t be trusted”– when it was the legislature, not Entergy, that broke the 2002 Memorandum of Understanding. And of course he strongly supported attorney general William Sorrell’s costly but futile efforts to persuade a court to allow the legislature to have total control – with no appeal – over Vermont Yankee’s future.
Commentary: Gov.Shumlin's unlikely Olive Branch
#12 Sep 2, 2013
Entergy is inefficient with spending money on maintenance or using outage time appropriately...
They are wasting many tens of millions of dollars...
#13 Sep 2, 2013
I tend to agree with you, Native Vermonter, but it appears that what's done is done. Our hippie governor Shumlin is going to ruin our state economically and actually render it more polluted. It appears to me that what has happened has happened, Vermont is ruined, and we might as well pack our bags if we can. But perhaps there are more optimistic voices out there than mine.
#14 Sep 2, 2013
Them pot smoking Vermont hippies kicked your ass....
#15 Sep 3, 2013
them pothead hippies are not nearly as dangerous to our life and well being as the former VY workers fired for drunkenness that recklessly tear up our walkways!
Those anti-govt. anti-social public enemies need their asses in jail as well as plenty of ECT treatments
Oh BTW, the sea by Fukushima is literally f*-ing BOILING!
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