News out of Vermont. The parent company of the Vermont Yankee has announce the fuel for Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant has been removed from plant’s reactors. According to NBCUniversal, after 42 years Vermont Yankee ceased operations on December 9th. Thanks to environmentalist anti-nuclear power activities, with Vermont Yankee shut down you can expect a whole new set of problems to come for states that were supplied power by Vermont Yankee.
Fortunately, New England utility rates have gone down due to natural gas and oil prices dropping. New England has had to use oil and natural gas in order for utility plants in the region to furnish power for residents. However, low oil and gas prices won’t last and when they go up it will mean utility rate increases down the line. Now, with Vermont Yankee gone and when oil prices rise, northeastern US residents’ electricity rates will spike potentially putting more of a strain on the affected states’ power grids.
To repeat what I said in November, I suppose fossil fuel use is acceptable in environmentalist’s minds if the trade off is to prevent the use of nuclear energy. However, the long term case against nuclear power is not looking good for environmentalists despite their successes in shutting down plants like Vermont Yankee. Since the northeast and much of the United States is experiencing freeing cold temperatures and snowstorms, with Vermont Yankee gone and coal-fired plants that will close due to EPA carbon rules, power plants in its service region will have to resort to importing oil and natural gas in by train.
Unfortunately, there are already problems occurring on train rail lines due to the cold weather. If the problems persist and it holds up or outright prevents oil and gas being shipped to northeastern power plants, many of them will have to shut down. The nuclear plant that could have picked up the slack is closed so the only alternative is for people to (putting it mildly) brave the elements. Meantime, hundreds of thousands of people are thrown out of work and their lives devastated resulting from the efforts of green group’s war on nuclear energy. Simultaneously, residents in the northeast can experience power shortages during winters while people living in the southwest can expect black outs during the summer.