|The scene at the meeting|
Note the green stickers and buttons of VY supporters
|Public Service Board members at head table|
David Coen, Commissioner John Volz, John Burke
Court Reporter at left
I hoped that supporters would come to this hearing. Sometimes plant opponents practice the politics of intimidation. I hoped this meeting would be civil.
|State Representative Mike Hebert|
of Vernon and Guilford
The Brattleboro Reformer article by Bob Audette started: Supporters of the continued operation of Vermont Yankee outnumbered opponents by a margin of three-to-one. Audette quoted several plant supporters in the article: I encourage you to read it.
Plant supporters spoke of local economics and the economics of electricity prices. They spoke of environmental impacts and family life. They spoke of reasonable and unreasonable fears. Over the next few days, I hope to have several of their presentations as guest posts on this blog.
|Former Governor Thomas P Salman |
speaking in favor of Vermont Yankee
|Former State Representative Patty O'Donnell|
Now Chairwoman of the Vernon Selectboard
|Bruce Shields, President of the Ethan Allen Institute|
The Energy Education Project is part of the Institute
Thank you to Stephanie Thomson of VTEP for the pictures.
How did the first three speaking spots go to anti-nuclear speakers? By my reckoning (and Bob Audette's numbers) that's a one-in-64 chance, if it was random. Call me suspicious, but I start looking for other forces at work at those odds.
The sign up was a bit chaotic at the start. A group of opponents were standing by the table when the Commission members got the sign up sheets out. So the opponents signed first. Then people got in line for the rest of the sign ups.
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