In recent days, some of my friends have asked me: "What are you going to do with yourself, Meredith, now that Vermont Yankee will close?"
I don't have a complete answer to that question. There are still a lot of issues about nuclear energy in Vermont, and I will be involved in these issues and controversies. On the other hand, resolving all these issues in the best possible way--will still not keep the plant open. Whatever I do, Vermont Yankee will still close. Therefore, some of my motivation is definitely gone. I am still looking for the best way forward.
For a more positive view of how we will keep working in favor of nuclear energy, please read Howard Shaffer's excellent post at ANS Nuclear Cafe. Vermont Yankee closure announced-- There is work yet to be done. The opponents are still active, and they are still hurting nuclear energy as it goes forward. We must answer them. (Shaffer's post is also at The Energy Collective.)
Meanwhile, Andrew Stein at Vermont Digger has an article on the four, count'em, FOUR, legal issues about Vermont Yankee that are still active. As Stein writes: Entergy may be closing Vermont Yankee, but litigation goes on.
Howard Shaffer is correct. There is still a lot to do.
Looking Forward, In Australia
For a cheerful Friday, I want to share a video from Australia about nuclear advocacy. This video is by Ben Heard of ThinkClimate Consulting and DecarboniseSA (De-Carbonize South Australia).
This video truly shows a way to move forward. I am happy to share it with you.
A little about the video:
In late August, Ben Heard and I took part in one of Rod Adams excellent Atomic Show podcasts: Stomping Scare Stories. A few weeks before the podcast, Heard had made a presentation at a conference called Nuclear Power for Australia? His presentation was Gaining Community Support for the Nuclear Option. As Heard describes in his blog-post, Andy Jaremko of Calgary made this excellent video of his presentation.