What plans do candidates have for Yankee?
Jul 29, 2010 | 923 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To the Editor:

I’m curious about the business plan that the people running for governor of Vermont like Peter Shumlin. And also the people in Vermont and Vermont Legislature that support closing Vermont Yankee. Do you have one?

When we close Vermont Yankee and we lose the money that is generated in taxes and donations by Vermont Yankee and the people who work at Vermont Yankee and the companies that support Vermont Yankee, how are you people planning on making up that income? This is a reasonable question. Vermont Yankee contributes about 100 million a year to the Vermont economy. In 2012 where are the Vermont Legislature and the new Vermont governor going to go to get the $100 million? Will the new supplemental sources of energy (Hydro Quebec) start putting that money into the Vermont economy?

When you plan to start a business you determine how much money you will need to get started and keep going in business. I hear statements about getting our electricity from Hydro Quebec but how will we pay for that energy? I understand as an end user of electricity in Derby, Vermont, I’ll pay for the power I’ll consume to Hydro Quebec. But isn’t that only part of the issue? Where do the people who want to close Vermont Yankee in 2012 plan on getting the $100 million for the Vermont budget that will be lost? Clearly, there will be a skeleton crew remaining a Vermont Yankee for an extended period but compared to the revenue generated now ($100 million) the revenue will be very small.

Additionally, the value of the site will be greatly depreciated or even worth nothing as it can generate no income.

Do you really believe the alternate energy people will flock to Vermont to create the income and taxes that are presently generated by Vermont Yankee?

In this type of situation be careful about what you ask for, closing Vermont Yankee without a solid plan of how to not only replace the power but also replace the income and taxes generated by Vermont Yankee will cause a lot of hardship in Vermont and the surrounding areas.

I really do not believe the people like the ones who come from Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York to protest Vermont Yankee’s continued operation care about the welfare of Vermonters. Their agenda is to close all nuclear plants, this is not reasonable.

Once Vermont Yankee closes it will be too late to decide you supported the wrong decision.

It is better to think twice than to move too quickly and be sorry.

George Wright

West Chesterfield, NH
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