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Slide Show on Vermont's Energy Future

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Former project manager at Electric Power Research Institute. Chemist, writer, grandmother, and proponent of nuclear energy.

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I recently recorded a 45 minute slide show about Vermont’s Energy Future. I had been meaning to do this for a long time.

I want to thank the people at CATV studio of White River Junction for their work and patience in recording this, and Cavan Stone for his thoughtful editing. I hope you enjoy it!

The show covers Vermont Yankee issues, including:
  • alternatives to Vermont Yankee
  • safety issues, including tritium and concerns arising from Fukushima
  • economics
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John Englert on Aug 12, 2011

Meredith, 

Thanks for putting the slides together along wth the narration to go with them.  I don’t see how anyone could think nuclear power was bad after hearing a “grandma” explain it.  

I knew the total amount of tritium at VY was low, but I didn’t realize it was that low.  I’m guessing that a leak from the underground storage tank at your local gas station would probably have the potential to cause more harm than these tritium leaks.  

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Paul O on Aug 12, 2011

Meredith, Thanks for the good work.  Meredith, I hope that in these dire economic times, enough people will get off romantic notions, will disdain inaccurate emotional responses, and help get us back on track for an energy secure future.

It scares me to think of the potential for deprivation and economic ruin that renewables zealotry along with anti-nuclear fear mongering might potential visit upon our nation. 

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Nathan Wilson on Aug 12, 2011

Great talk Meredith.

I especially liked the comparison to of radiation exposure to banana consumption and waste generation being negligible compared to that of coal plants.

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Meredith Angwin on Aug 13, 2011

Thank you to all who commented. I am glad you enjoyed it!  

The opponents to Vermont Yankee are very loud, and you can begin to think that the tritium leak is the worst environmental disaster in Vermont history (our governor said that) and so forth.  There’s a lot of fear-mongering out there, indeed.  Fear sells.  

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