September 14, 2005


Aging Nuclear Power Plants May Affect Emissions Pact (MATTHEW L. WALD, 9/14/05, NY Times)

A proposed agreement among nine Northeast states to cap greenhouse gas emissions from power plants casts a new light on arguments in New Jersey and Vermont about whether the licenses of two aging nuclear plants should be extended.

Community groups in both states are opposing the extensions of the licenses beyond their 40-year terms, but environmentalists are generally supportive of the proposed agreement among the governors to reduce these greenhouse gases, which contribute to global climate change. Shutting down the two reactors would mean immediate, substantial increases in the emissions, because it would increase reliance on fossil fuel plants, probably tripling emissions in Vermont and doubling them in New Jersey.

"I think the environmental community is confused right now in terms of where they want to go," said Richard A. Valentinetti, director of Vermont's air quality program, who has been deeply involved in drafting the nine-state agreement. "Obviously there's some real polarization."

No surprise that the Left has made a fetish of nuclear arms and power for so long it can't think straight.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 14, 2005 6:56 AM

Their fetish is anything that undermines capitalism i.e. the USA.

Posted by: Genecis at September 14, 2005 12:09 PM

Sorry, information from the NYT is suspect until corroborated by some more trustworthy entity.

Posted by: erp at September 14, 2005 1:10 PM

"Community groups in both states are opposing the extensions of the licenses beyond their 40-year terms"

Let them freeze in the dark.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 14, 2005 6:12 PM