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VY year in review: Spinoffs, license renewal and safety

There are 23 comments on the Brattleboro Reformer story from Jan 1, 2010, titled VY year in review: Spinoffs, license renewal and safety. In it, Brattleboro Reformer reports that:

The discussion about Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon wasn't confined to whether or not it should continue to operate past 2012, its original license expiration date.

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herewegoagain

Little Rock, AR

#25 Jan 5, 2010
New Clear Waste, It doesn't happen often but we are in complete agreement on your coal argument.
Brattleboro

Jericho, VT

#26 Jan 5, 2010
not perfect wrote:
Anybody know the last time vy had a death or a Major emergency? Seems to me its safer than snowmobiling.
About the same day the tooth fairy came to see them.
smart alec

Peterborough, NH

#27 Jan 6, 2010
New Clear Waste wrote:
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Your use of the words "cheap" and "expensive" shows that you don't understand their meaning. Coal only appears cheap because the downstream costs are externalized, i.e. the heavy costs of pollution have to be paid by the suckers who suffer those effects. That means some people get the benefit of the coal while other people have to pay for the negative effects. That gives the users an incentive to burn all the coal they can and damn the victims.
If you "reduce the byproducts of coal", as you put it, by installing scrubbers or sequestering the carbon underground, that doesn't make coal use more expensive, it brings the overall costs up front, so that the people using the coal-generated electricity also pay for pollution mitigation. That makes sense.
I couldn't agree more with you on the above justification for extending Vermont Yankee License for another 20 years. Vermont Yankee's byproducts are managed and contained.

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