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Shumlin Favors Shutting Down Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant

Shumlin suggested replacing Vermont Yankee, which supplies about one-third of the state's energy supply, with enJon Day of Newark was adamantly opposed to Shumlin's views. "What I disagree with and don't support is scare tactics to further a political agenda," Day said. "I'm not saying I think climate change is a hoax. I'm saying it is being used to promote things that are not solutions." He is vehemently opposed to the proposed wind turbine projects in the Northeast Kingdom. "I strongly support Sutton as well as the many Sheffield residents who are like-minded, and the NEK, against venture capitalists masquerading as environmentalists," Day said. "There is only one reason these projects are planned in Vermont and that is financial gain. I might add at our pain." ergy from wind turbines, solar power and hydro power. .....

ST. JOHNSBURY -- The state Senate's President Pro Tem is in favor of shutting down Vermont Yankee, if it will prevent the continued storage of nuclear waste along the banks of the Connecticut River.

Sen. Peter Shumlin, D-Windham, guest speaker at the North Country Coalition for Justice and Peace gathering at the North Congregational Church Tuesday night, also said politicians need to get their heads out of the sand.

Shumlin suggested replacing Vermont Yankee, which supplies about one-third of the state's energy supply, with energy from wind turbines, solar power and hydro power.

He also said, regarding the wind turbines, a policy would need to be established to set up a decommissioning of the turbines.

"My position on Vermont Yankee is we need to have objective hearings," Shumlin said.

Implementing small hydro systems needs to be done as quickly as possible, he said. There also needs to be incentives for solar power.

Global warming - climate change - Shumlin said, is the biggest challenge of a lifetime. Politicians are constantly talking about building a better future, but there will not be a better future for children and grandchildren if the issue of climate change is not addressed, he said.

If nothing is done, a horrible and unspeakable future will be created, Shumlin said.

As proof of climate change, he recounted how as a youngster growing up "in... [truncated due to possible copyright]  

ST. JOHNSBURY -- The state Senate's President Pro Tem is in favor of shutting down Vermont Yankee, if it will prevent the continued storage of nuclear waste along the banks of the Connecticut River.

Sen. Peter Shumlin, D-Windham, guest speaker at the North Country Coalition for Justice and Peace gathering at the North Congregational Church Tuesday night, also said politicians need to get their heads out of the sand.

Shumlin suggested replacing Vermont Yankee, which supplies about one-third of the state's energy supply, with energy from wind turbines, solar power and hydro power.

He also said, regarding the wind turbines, a policy would need to be established to set up a decommissioning of the turbines.

"My position on Vermont Yankee is we need to have objective hearings," Shumlin said.

Implementing small hydro systems needs to be done as quickly as possible, he said. There also needs to be incentives for solar power.

Global warming - climate change - Shumlin said, is the biggest challenge of a lifetime. Politicians are constantly talking about building a better future, but there will not be a better future for children and grandchildren if the issue of climate change is not addressed, he said.

If nothing is done, a horrible and unspeakable future will be created, Shumlin said.

As proof of climate change, he recounted how as a youngster growing up "in the valley," he did not worry about if he would be able to shoot a deer. His concern was how to keep his feet warm.

This past hunting season, he wore a T-shirt and sneakers on the first day, and on the closing day as well when he shot an 8-point buck.

Ski areas and even snowmobilers have been hit by the changes in climates, Shumlin said.

But he did not face an entirely friendly crowd at the church.

Jon Day of Newark was adamantly opposed to Shumlin's views.

"What I disagree with and don't support is scare tactics to further a political agenda," Day said. "I'm not saying I think climate change is a hoax. I'm saying it is being used to promote things that are not solutions."

He is vehemently opposed to the proposed wind turbine projects in the Northeast Kingdom.

"I strongly support Sutton as well as the many Sheffield residents who are like-minded, and the NEK, against venture capitalists masquerading as environmentalists," Day said. "There is only one reason these projects are planned in Vermont and that is financial gain. I might add at our pain."

Day also attacked the energy output at the wind generation plant in Searsburg.

"Mr. Shumlin, if you are such an ardent believer in wind power, when will the wind plant be going up in your area of Putney?" he asked.

Shumlin said he is not in favor of placing wind turbines solely in the NEK. He said it has to be equitable throughout the state.

Paul Brouha of Sutton did not agree with Shumlin about closing Vermont Yankee. He said the state has the cleanest and greenest electrical energy in the nation.

Brouha also said he believes people are in favor of extending the contracts with Vermont Yankee and Hydro-Quebec.

But Shumlin said the waste issue at Vermont Yankee has to be dealt with. He said Vermont can take the lead and lead the nation in developing an energy plan.

"We need to come out of our state of denial, together," Shumlin said.


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JAN 31 2007
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