Greenpeace protests VY relicensing

Greenpeace protests VY relicensing

There are 59 comments on the Brattleboro Reformer story from Nov 15, 2010, titled Greenpeace protests VY relicensing. In it, Brattleboro Reformer reports that:

The international environmental organization Greenpeace flew a hot airship over the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant Sunday, to publicize the group's opposition to the plant's pending relicensing.

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Concerned parent

Manchester, NH

#1 Nov 15, 2010
I read the article and I have two things to say. The first is that I am not sure why the blimp was not shot down. How do I as a parent know that the blimp was not loaded with explosives and a terrorist was manning the blimp? There was also a plane (sound familar) flying around the blimp. The VY securitiy should be commended for maintaining their composure, but where does it end? I am surprised and disappointed that Homeland Security did not do anything (why do we have them?). The ability to voice one's opinions in a civil and non-threating display is our rights, but this was over the line. What does the VT, MA and NH government think since this could have had a different ending.
Real Vermonter

Jericho, VT

#2 Nov 15, 2010
Too rich, that the TV news out of Burlington reported this as the start of Greenpeace's campaign against Vermont Yankee. Greenpeace has been a major backer against Vermont Yankee for years. Let's be honest about their involvement. Simply Google Greenpeace USA, and note that anti VY rhetoric is and has been front and center since Maine Yankee was shut down. All I am asking for is a bit of honesty about their involvement.
The Great Oz

Dover, NH

#3 Nov 15, 2010
Isn't it "hot air" ship not "hot airship"? I'd go with the former as this is a lot of hot air for publicity. Course any group that challenges an ocean going vessel with a 12 foot rubber boat isn't hot air, just nuking futs.
The Great Oz

Dover, NH

#4 Nov 15, 2010
It reeks of desperation.
Joe

Chester, VT

#5 Nov 15, 2010
Exactly what I think everytime I see one of those things over a sporting event. The horror!
Concerned parent wrote:
I read the article and I have two things to say. The first is that I am not sure why the blimp was not shot down. How do I as a parent know that the blimp was not loaded with explosives and a terrorist was manning the blimp? There was also a plane (sound familar) flying around the blimp. The VY securitiy should be commended for maintaining their composure, but where does it end? I am surprised and disappointed that Homeland Security did not do anything (why do we have them?). The ability to voice one's opinions in a civil and non-threating display is our rights, but this was over the line. What does the VT, MA and NH government think since this could have had a different ending.
kirk

Crown Point, NY

#6 Nov 15, 2010
I thought they voted last february not to relicense Yankee? Isn't Yankee's license set to expire in 2012? Does anyone know the facts about this?
Clean it up

Little Rock, AR

#7 Nov 15, 2010
kirk wrote:
I thought they voted last february not to relicense Yankee? Isn't Yankee's license set to expire in 2012? Does anyone know the facts about this?
The fact of the matter is that Peter Shumlin decided to use Vermont Yankee as a political circus to gather voting support. He initiated a vote that held NO MERIT and wasted plenty of tax payer money and political time for a vote he knew meant absolutely nothing. I guess it worked for him as he won the election. Let us see how he runs a state when he must look out for ALL state citizens and not his special interest groups.
James Bond

Tuningen, Germany

#8 Nov 15, 2010
Hi folks,
Greenpeace are very correct about nuclear power, as it is not the way ahead for producing electricity and I think it is a great idea using a blimp, even if one member of the NRA commented it should be shot down.
If you like blimps and feel like a Helium sniffing laugh try www.hybridblimp.net the worlds only lighter than air comedy web site.
Regards JB ( www.hybridairship.net )
Cloe

Putney, VT

#9 Nov 15, 2010
Concerned parent wrote:
I read the article and I have two things to say. The first is that I am not sure why the blimp was not shot down. How do I as a parent know that the blimp was not loaded with explosives and a terrorist was manning the blimp? There was also a plane (sound familar) flying around the blimp. The VY securitiy should be commended for maintaining their composure, but where does it end? I am surprised and disappointed that Homeland Security did not do anything (why do we have them?). The ability to voice one's opinions in a civil and non-threating display is our rights, but this was over the line. What does the VT, MA and NH government think since this could have had a different ending.
IF this decomposing, broken-down, worn-out plant has no risk; Why then the concern? Are you FINALLY admitting there IS a risk in the continued operation of this monstrosity?

I, too, am a concerned parent! VY must be shut down and fully cleaned up in a timely manner! FOR THE SAKE OF OUR CHILDREN!
OMG

Middlebury, VT

#10 Nov 15, 2010
Should have shot it down, Screw their rights to protest...oops No I mean, Think of the children.
TNB

Memphis, TN

#11 Nov 15, 2010
Are there whales in the river now? I wonder if they are glowing or maybe the Jap ships are after them????
Heather

Brattleboro, VT

#12 Nov 15, 2010
This is the start of a major fund raising campaign by Greenpeace. It is all about the money for them. Check out their web site. It is all about the money. Donations are their business.
Clean it up

Little Rock, AR

#13 Nov 15, 2010
Go worry about the whales getting extreme sunburn on their tails from ozone depletetion; which by the way is caused by fossil fuels that will replace VY if in fact it does shut down. Do you have nothing better to do? i am convinced you people simply need to get a job. Too much free time to fly a dumb a** blimp around.
ConcernedChild

Alstead, NH

#14 Nov 15, 2010
Concerned parent wrote:
I read the article and I have two things to say. The first is that I am not sure why the blimp was not shot down. How do I as a parent know that the blimp was not loaded with explosives and a terrorist was manning the blimp? There was also a plane (sound familar) flying around the blimp. The VY securitiy should be commended for maintaining their composure, but where does it end? I am surprised and disappointed that Homeland Security did not do anything (why do we have them?). The ability to voice one's opinions in a civil and non-threating display is our rights, but this was over the line. What does the VT, MA and NH government think since this could have had a different ending.
Probably the same thing that they think every time something flies right by the plant - NOTHING.

We've all been told time & time again - there's no threat to the plant from the air.

So since it's Greenpeace - what - you figure they should shoot them down??

Did you whine when Norm's Marina had a float plane docked right around the bend from the plant?? No problem there right - even if you didn't have a clue who owned the plane.

Did you complain when the flight path of commercial jets wasn't changed after 9/11?? I live 4 miles from the plant & they go overhead all the time. Small planes & helicopters are within those 4 miles all the time.

Did you agree when Howard Dean was Governor & he wanted a 20 mile No-Fly zone around the plant?

Did you care that every week the news has another problem at the plant. Leaks, Fires, towers falling?

Or is it just Greenpeace that tweaked your little chain?

And of course the children are threatened - not any of the adults. It's all for the kids, of course.
Tommy

Greenville, NH

#15 Nov 15, 2010
I hope the VY licensing goes through. I mean, what would crybaby Ray Shadis and his caterwauling Vermont hippies do if the plant DID get shut down? They'd have to go get real jobs or find another "cause" to complain about.
Mikelp

Holyoke, MA

#16 Nov 15, 2010
Too bad the protesters and activists don't have a viable alternative once the energy stops flowing from VY. There is no thread of common sense to their arguments that there are any plans on the table to show where the power deficit would come from. I guess they want to live in the past and smell as bad as they dos. Sorry, we all can't afford hybrids. Where will all the beautiful people get the energy to charge their electric cars?
Take2

South Burlington, VT

#17 Nov 15, 2010
Heather wrote:
It is all about the money for them. Check out their web site. It is all about the money.
So a non-profit is trying to raise funds.
Wow,isn't that different than any other non-profit organization.....Did you have a real point to make??
Chris Bates

Saint Joseph, MI

#18 Nov 15, 2010
It is telling that Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, currently co-chairs the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition, which supports increased use of nuclear energy.

Patrick has said, "In the early 1970s when I helped found Greenpeace, I believed that nuclear energy was synonymous with nuclear holocaust, as did most of my compatriots... Thirty years on, my views have changed, and the rest of the environmental movement needs to update its views, too, because nuclear energy may just be the energy source that can save our planet from another possible disaster: catastrophic climate change... Nuclear energy is the only large-scale, cost-effective energy source that can reduce emissions while continuing to satisfy a growing demand for power."

Today's Greenpeace youth, by protesting nuclear power, is effectively cutting off their nose to spite their face. In time, they too will conclude that they have been wrong. By then however, how much fear will they have sown, and what damage will they have done?
Seymour LaRiviere

Saint Johnsbury, VT

#19 Nov 15, 2010
As a metaphor for the current state of enviro-political cluelessness, the Greenpeace Airship is just about perfect: a bunch of out-of-staters doing a political “fly over” equipped with gossamer and hot air. Meanwhile the more “grounded” folks are going about their business making non-carbon electricity for Vermont and the rest of New England. What does Greenpeace know or care about Vermont’s carbon footprint being far and away the best in New England, thanks to Yankee; our almost ZERO sulfur air pollution, thanks to Yankee; and our multi-million dollar Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund, thanks to Yankee. Neither do they have a specific, sustainable plan for replacing Vermont Yankee, the lack of which dooms the rest of us to the high-carbon, high-sulfur, high-cost, high-unemployment energy future of “grid” power: the “convenient” energy equivalent of buying all of your groceries at a convenience story instead of a supermarket. These people really cannot see the forest for the trees, and yet they would have us follow them and get equally lost. They should come down from their lofty hot air perch and tell us, exactly and specifically, how they would replace Vermont Yankee and what the environmental and economic impacts would be. Until then, it’s all just political self-gratification.
G M Tersch

Saint Johnsbury, VT

#20 Nov 15, 2010
Do mine eyes deceive me, or is that a COMPRESSOR filling the Greenpeace Airship? Oh the horror and hypocrisy of it all - burning gasoline! Or worse, using electricity! Oh wait, calm down - unlike virtually everywhere else, electricity in Vermont is virtually non-carbon, thanks to Hydro Quebec and that other big power producer, what is it called ..on the tip of my tongue..oh yeah, VERMONT YANKEE. Next time, Greenpeace, bring a solar-powered compressor to the party, or do not come at all.

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