Shortly after Entergy announced it would close Vermont Yankee in 2014, Governor Peter Shumlin decided that people should work together, not fight with each other. Specifically, Shumlin said that his administration would “use this opportunity to build better relations with Entergy.”
John McClaughry doubted that statement. McClaughry is one of the founders of the Ethan Allen Institute, and he predicted that better relations between Entergy and Shumlin were not going to happen. Better relations weren't in the cards (to use a fortune-teller analogy). Governor Shumlin would continue to behave the way Governor Shumlin behaves.
In early September, a few days after Shumlin's announcement, McClaughry wrote an op-ed which was published many places in Vermont, including here at Yes Vermont Yankee. Governor Shumlin's Unlikely Olive Branch to Entergy. Here's the quote with the prediction:
With this long, outspoken, and unbroken record of opposition to the nuclear plant and its corporate owner, can we expect Peter Shumlin to now seek “better relations” with Entergy? It’s far more likely that he, his regulators and lawyers, and his legislative friends will spend the rest of his time in the Governor’s office extorting every last dime out of Entergy to fund their own pet projects, and when that is pushed as far as it can go, forcing Entergy to spend as much as possible through more of the “cumulative regulation” that Entergy says contributed to its decision to close the plant........read more