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The Standard and the Rally
New York State is considering a Clean Energy Standard that includes nuclear power plants. This is a big deal. Many states have Renewable Portfolio Standards that give preference and subsidies to renewables, supposedly in the interest of preventing climate change, but give no value to the fact that nuclear plants do not emit carbon dioxide, any more than wind turbines do.
This coming Monday, there's an important hearing at the New York State Capital about the Clean Energy Standard. Two organizations: Environmental Progress and Mothers for Nuclear, are coordinating a rally in Albany for the standard. After the rally, we will attend the hearing. I say "we" because I will be there, hopefully with some others from this area. I'm driving 140 miles to attend, and I am glad to do it!
Hopefully, the Clean Energy Standard will be enacted, and nuclear plants will be given credit for their clean-air qualities!
If you are interested in coming to the rally, but not sure...email me offline at mjangwin at gmail.
This is very exciting, and I am happy about it.
New York and Vermont
This possibility/ probability in New York shows that nuclear can make progress and get support. I am very pleased with this development, and happy that nuclear supporters who have been in Albany will go to the plant area for an extension of their rally. The people of Oswego have every reason to be proud of themselves for their work in gaining support for nuclear plants. Shellenberger gives them abundant credit in his article on How to Save a Nuclear Plant.
However, the contrast with Vermont makes me sad.
In New York, the Governor was in favor of keeping the upstate plants operating. (He wanted to shut Indian Point, however.) In Vermont, when Peter Shumlin ran for governor the first time, I swear Shumlin was running against Vermont Yankee more than he was running against Brian Dubie. As a matter of fact, he told Brian Dubie that Dubie cared more the shareholders of "Entergy Louisiana" than he cared about the people of Vermont. Here's my blog post on that: Taking It Personal: Shumlin Accuses Dubie of Serving the Interests of "Entergy Louisiana."
All politics is local, and local politics in Vermont can be painful.
Here's Environmental Progress's review of the history of the standard: How to Save a Nuclear Plant, by Michael Shellenberger.
Here's the schedule and sign-up link for the rally. It starts at 8:30 a.m. in Albany, and then moves on to the plant area (Oswego) later in the afternoon. Save the Climate rally information. I personally will not be going to Oswego, but I expect that many people in that area will be glad to see people who went to Albany to defend their plants!
Here is my July 17 blog post on writing in support of the Clean Energy Standard. It includes a link to the standard itself. Write a Comment! Support New York Nuclear Plants.
And if you can't come to the rally, you can donate to Environmental Progress with the Donate button on this page.