I read about Sen. Bernie Sandersí presentation on global warming and the proposed carbon-reduction legislation in the March 14 Burlington Free Press (ďSanders, McKibben to highlight carbon conference SaturdayĒ). While I support Sen. Sandersí endeavor to maintain Vermontís low-carbon leadership status, my question is simple: If we want to reduce Vermontís carbon footprint, why is the state trying to shut down Vermont Yankee?
Not only does Vermont Yankee benefit the state economically, but it for all intents and purposes has zero carbon emissions. Also, the U.S. Energy Information Administration notes that in 2011 three-quarters of the electricity generated in Vermont came from Vermont Yankee.
If the state does succeed in its efforts to close Vermont Yankee, we will lose our largest electricity generator. At present the plantís power is sold into the New England transmission grid, from which Vermont draws much of its electricity. Closing Vermont Yankee would just mean more activity from fuel-powered electric generators on the New England grid, creating additional carbon and other toxic airborne emissions.
Sen. Sandersí goals are important for Vermont and New England, but they will be compromised without the clean energy from Vermont Yankee.
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