Last weekend the usual suspects lined up in protest of Vermont Yankee once again. Sen. Sanders and other speakers in Brattleboro made their typical confident projections that all we need in order to solve our energy problems in Vermont is more zeal for energy efficiency.
While we can all agree that using energy more efficiently is a good thing, worthy of government attention and funding, it is not the silver bullet to our energy challenges. Energy efficiency measures won’t put an end to our need for electricity. It’s like driving 55 MPH on the Interstate – it may save you gas, but you’re still going to need to eventually re-fill your tank, or re-charge your hybrid or electric car.
It is one thing to tell a weekend group of enthusiasts what they want to hear. It is another to sit in the U.S. Senate and say with a straight face that the main solution to Vermont’s energy needs is to just save more electricity.
The real-world problem with confident energy savings projections is that demand for electricity is always increasing. This is for the best of reasons: we are transitioning from high-carbon fossil fuel combustion (most notably in transportation, but also in buildings) to hopefully low-carbon electricity. According to the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan, even stringent efficiency measures will only slow the rate of increased demand!
So I ask the senator: where will the hundreds and hundreds of megawatts for much-needed new, carbon-free, non-intermittent power come from? And where will it be built and how much will it cost? If he can provide a realistic, implementable plan, that would be leadership. Until then, it’s just pandering.
And by the way, my answer to the above question is operating safely and reliably 24/7, about eight miles down the road from this protest, in Vernon. Yes, I’m talking about Vermont Yankee.
Sincerely, Anthony Bonello
Notes and Events
Tuesday May 8: Vermont’s Digital Future Conference. This conference will start at 9:00am and be an all day conference held at Champlain College in Burlington. It costs only $40, which includes all sessions, lunch, and reception. Student rate is $15. Register today at: evermontconference.org.
Saturday July 7 to Friday July 13: Camp Constitution Announces its 2012 Family Camp in Rindge, NH
This year’s camp promises to be its most well attended in the camp’s history. Featured instructors include Dr. Mike Coffman, author Jim Perloff, , motivational speaker and author Earl Wallace, Pastor Garrett Lear, “The Patriot Pastor, “New American” writer and talk show host, Tom Eddlem, author Mrs. Sally Humphries, historian Tom Moor, amd the Rev. Steve Craft.
The camp will hold a number of classes including “America’s Godly Heritage, several regarding the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, Agenda 21 and the U.N., Creation vs. Evolution, The Moral American, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, The Shadows of Power: The Council on Foreign Relations and the American Decline, More Than a Right, and “The 10 Commandments, and Leadership”
In addition to the classes, campers and staff will visit historic Concord, MA, the Louisa May Alcott House, and the Franklin Pierce House, a hike up Mt. Monadnock and a community outreach where campers distribute copies of the U.S. Constitution to people in the neighboring towns.
Recreational opportunities include swimming, volleyball, basketball, wiffleball, an indoor roch climbing wall, and chess tournaments.
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