Recently a federal judge blocked Vermont from
decommissioning the leaky Yankee nuclear reactor that is almost
identical to Fukushima Reactor #1 (75% of US reactors are leaking
radioactive material), using the excuse that only the corrupt
federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) can decommission a
Under the Tenth Amendment States' Rights, states can do anything
they want as long as it is not a power that is:
• delegated to the federal government in the Constitution
• prohibited to the states by the Constitution
• prohibited to the state by its own constitution
The Constitution lacks provisions forcing a state to risk its
citizens' lives in order to boost nuclear industry profits.
Vermont has a law that gives the state veto power over a reactor
when its license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is
expired. The judge in the Yankee case unconstitutionally
invalidated the state law, and the NRC granted the Yankee plant a
20-year extension. An appeal of the ruling would require a lot
of time and effort.
A quick and simple option for Vermont would be to collect evidence
proving leakage that endangers health or property in order
to declare a State of Emergency that would
put control over Yankee operations in the hands of the
state. It is unlikely that Vermont could decommission the
reactor, but they could close it down until the necessary repairs
were completed. If the repairs were cost prohibitive, the
effect would be to shut it down.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin's War on Climate
Because the Yankee nuclear plant provides 70% of Vermont's energy, a
replacement energy source is required if Yankee were to close.
Governor Shumlin favors green renewable energy that is insufficient,
unreliable and very costly. Shumlin's energy plan is
centered on the pipe dream of renewables providing 90% of
electricity needs by 2050. Coal is discounted in his fairy
Governor Shumlin is either a global warming hoax sucker, or a
globalist puppet intent on implementing UN Agenda 21 slavery through
oppressive energy regulations that include cap-and-trade
taxes. The only way that renewables can become cost effective
is to raise the price of the competition through carbon taxes (the
objective of this program is to eliminate the competition).
The state of Vermont has played into UN Agenda 21 tyranny by signing
on to an unconstitutionaltreaty between states, the Regional
Greenhouse Gas Initiative, that implemented a mandatory
cap-and-trade tax scheme in 2008.
Governor Shumlin shuns fracked natural gas because he doesn't
believe there is a big enough supply of it in Vermont
(no mention of potential groundwater pollution and the
The nuclear industry and some environmentalists are pushing for
nuclear energy to be classified as a clean renewable energy due to
low carbon emissions, but this becomes ridiculous in the face of
Fukushima and its radioactive emissions.
Coal would be the cheapest energy replacement source for the Yankee
plant. But the EPA is is forcing coal plants to close
by demanding cuts in sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide
emissions, the components of 'acid rain'. The acid
rain scam is as corrupt as the man-made global warming
carbon dioxide hoax. Not coincidentally, the first
cap-and-trade scheme was invented for the acid rain ruse.
If the EPA were honest, it would admit that sulfur dioxide is not
terribly toxic; and while it does cause death in humans at 500 ppm,
it was found to be harmless in laboratory animals at 5
ppm. Sulfur dioxide from coal smokestacks turns to solid
particulates in the atmosphere and becomes cloud condensation
nuclei. Reports that tens of thousands of people have died
from sulfur dioxide at low concentration are afraud; one
overlooked analysis showed that half the scientists agreed that
there were zero health effects from acid rain.
The EPA is also attacking coal plant mercury output by
relying on studies that paint the bleakest picture, while
simultaneously ignoring more credible reports and sources showing no
serious health effects (coal produced mercury levels have dropped
The Hidden Costs of Nuclear Energy
Based on Shumlin's unrealistic energy fantasies, the Yankee plant
seems to be the only real energy choice for Vermont right now.
Nearly 20% of energy in the US is produced by nuclear facilities.
Nuclear energy is far more expensive than other energy sources, but
the real cost is hiddenbecause of government subsidies, tax
breaks, insurance schemes and legal loopholes. Nuclear
energy is estimated to be 60% greater than the cost of electricity
from coal or gas fuel power plants. Therefore, nuclear energy
would die without massive taxpayer handouts because it could not
survive in a free market.
Taxpayer-funded subsidies include: construction cost overruns,
uranium mining tax incentives, high water usage subsidies and
defaulted loan liability (taxpayers are on the hook for loans that
are estimated to default at a 50% rate with $58 billion at risk).
Long-term storage for nuclear waste is paid by customers.
Decommissioning, which costs approximately $300 million, is passed
on to the ratepayers.
Insurance rates are capped, which limits liability and keeps
insurance rates extremely low compared to risk. The federal
Price Anderson program mandates that the utility must cover the
first $300 million in the event of an accident, and all of the other
nuclear plants across the country would contribute $96 million per
reactor to an insurance pool, for a total of nearly $10 billion for
that event. However, a nuclear accident can cause damage that
grossly exceeds $10 billion (Chernobyl was estimated to cost $350
billion, and Fukushima is off the charts).
The government, funded by taxpayers, would be on the hook for the
remainder. Therefore, in a free market, commercial nuclear
plants would cease to exist.
Nuclear utility corporations create limited liability subsidiary
companies (LLCs) in order to limit their liability (accountability)
and to transfer profits to the parent company in a tax-dodge scheme.
Corrupt Nuclear Regulators and Industry Lobbying
The NRC bows to the nuclear industry by failing to enforce
regulations, ignoring dangerous industry practices, and barring
public access to information and participation.
In 2007, when Obama was campaigning for the presidency, he
criticized the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for "becoming a captive
of the industries it regulates". However, Obama has proven
that his words are beyond trust: he has close ties with
the nuclear industry that includes hefty campaign donations
Between 1999 and 2009, the nuclear industry has spent $600 million
on lobbying, with $63 million going toward campaign contributions.
The Future of Nuclear Power
Due to the high cost of nuclear power compared to low natural gas
prices, the lack of interest in implementing carbon
cap-and-trade schemes and the massive damage from the Fukushima
disaster, only a handful of reactor projects are expected to be
Nuclear power is unpopular with taxpayers who are forced
to assume the enormous risks for accidents and terrorism
threats. Ratepayers who must pay construction costs in advance
are not too enthusiastic about nuclear energy either.
However, Obama's proposed 2012 budget mandates $97 million
toward developing nuclear Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) which are
untested, unproven, and can cause environmental damage similar to
their larger counterparts.
Entergy's Yankee nuclear power plant will remain as the state's
major power source because Governor Shumlin and Vermont's
legislature lack the courage to challenge the federal government's
overreach of authority over energy production. It appears that
Shumlin and the legislature "tried" to decommission the Yankee plant
merely to make it look like they were acting in the public's
interest to protect Vermont's citizens from radioactive
pollution. But they failed to present a viable energy