Letters 4 – 12 – 2012

Vermont Yankee creates “green jobs”

The Burlington Free Press recently published an article by Nancy Remsen titled “Are Vermont Yankee Jobs Green?” This article noted that Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin boasted that Vermont “leads the nation in per capita green jobs”.

The article further attributed the following statements to Governor Shumlin: “Job creation and economic growth has been my top priority since taking office.” and “Our commitment to a clean environment and getting Vermonters back to work is working.”

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that in 2010 nearly 12 percent of jobs in the US utility industry are green jobs, and that there are nearly 13,000 green jobs in Vermont. The report also noted that there are more jobs in nuclear generation than hydro, wind, biomass, geothermal and solar combined.

As a Vermont taxpayer, I am impressed that Governor Shumlin recognizes the value of jobs with a low carbon footprint, however given his priority of closing Vermont Yankee, I am unable to reconcile his nearly fanatical attempts to eliminate over 600 jobs which meet both of his priorities of job creation and promoting a clean environment.

There is value in reducing the carbon footprint within the state of Vermont, as it improves quality of life, makes Vermont a desirable location for tourism, and places Vermont at the top of the pyramid in US efforts to improve the environment.

Vermont Yankee makes up 5 percent of Vermont’s 13,000 green jobs. Although I am a resident of New Hampshire, I am proud to be a part of Vermont’s green workforce as a Vermont Yankee employee, and I’m proud of our contribution to Vermont’s ranking of having the highest number of green jobs.

Richard January

Jaffrey, New Hampshire


Notes & Events

Thursday, April 12: Shelburne Republicans host Jack Lindley, new chair of State Republican Party, at 7:30 am meeting at Dutch Mill Restaurant, Shelburne. All are welcome.

Saturday April 14th: Castleton Republican breakfast at the Trak-In on Route 30 in Bomoseen, VT. Breakfast at 8:30 am followed by Guest Speaker Senator Randy Brock. RSVP to Castletonrepublicans@yahoo.com or for additional info contact Al Gustafson at 802-273-3954.

Wednesday April 18: Ethan Allen Institute’s 19th annual Jefferson Day Event, 7:30 PM, Sheraton Burlington – University Amphitheatre. EAI Founder John McClaughry will speak on “Mr. Jefferson’s Economy.” Governor Jim Douglas will introduce John McClaughry.

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