Letters 8 – 19 – 2011

It sounds like the legal eagles in Vermont are going to let the Progressives in  Burlington steal $17,000,000 from the Burlington taxpayers and get away with it.

 Don’t ya just love HOPE and CHANGE?

 – Jeff Chapple


Shumlin’s rhetoric on VY is not based in reality

When it comes to Vermont Yankee, Governor Shumlin should take a time out and a reality check.

Earlier this month the governor jumped the gun on the state’s own experts and declared that Vermont Yankee had caused strontium-90 contamination in a single fish, nine miles upstream from the plant. Simply put, there is no evidence this came from the plant.

Such reckless, exploitative, fear-ridden rhetoric is part of Shumlin’s years’ long campaign to say the plant is not safe and it should be closed. Yet the plant, highly scrutinized by the independent experts at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has continually been found to be safe, so safe in fact that the NRC has issued it a 20 year license renewal.

Meanwhile, Vermont taxpayers are on the hook for Gov. Shumlin’s attempts to close Yankee. Safety is clearly the sole legal purview of the NRC, as it should be because the NRC has vast expertise and an excellent record in ensuring safety.

As has been the case for years, Gov. Shumlin is beating the drum to say the plant is not safe, while taxpayer funded lawyers are now in the contorted, absurd position of trying to say Gov. Shumlin and his allies wanted the plant closed, but were not doing so based on safety issues or concerns.

 Gov. Shumlin should recognize the good news reality: the plant is safe and should continue to serve Vermont with clean, non-toxic emitting electricity for the next 20 years.

 – Donald Pudah


Don’t miss economist David Hale speak at the Sheraton Economic Series

Monday August 29, 2011

Sheraton Burlington – University Amphitheatre

Social (half) hour at 6:30, Program at 7:00

Vermont-born global economist David Hale will appear on the EAI platform for the seventh time on Monday, August 29, at 7:00 pm in the University Amphitheatre at the Sheraton Burlington Conference Center.

David and his wife Lyric are the editors of a just released book, What’s Next? Unconventional Wisdom on the Future of the World Economy (Yale University Press).

In this unique book, more than twenty leading economists and experts offer rigorously researched prognoses for the world’s major economies over the next five years. Factoring in such varied issues as the price of oil, the strength of the U.S. dollar, geopolitics, tax policies, and new developments in investment decision making, the contributors ground their predictions in the realities of current events, political conditions, and the health of financial institutions in each national economy.

 David and Lyric will summarize the highlights of What’s Next? as part of the Ethan Allen Institute’s Sheraton Economic Series. The public is invited – reservations not required.

– The Ethan Allen Institute


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