This morning I discovered a new blog for nuclear energy called Yes Vermont Yankee. It is published by Meredith Angwin, a woman who has provided the following information about her background in the energy industry:
No. I am Meredith Angwin, a physical chemist. I have worked most of my life for the power industry. My background includes fossil fuels (patents in NOx control), risk management for natural gas pipelines, economic and corrosion assessments for geothermal energy, and corrosion control in nuclear power plants. I currently earn my living as a writer. Though I accept contracts from electric utilities and equipment suppliers (among other companies), this blog is not part of any paid work. It is completely my own, and I am responsible for its contents.
Yes Vermont Yankee, though it obviously qualifies as a pro-nuclear blog, has a more focused purpose. It is aimed at responding to the well-organized effort that is trying to prevent Vermont Yankee from continuing to supply low-cost, zero-emission power when its initial operating license expires in 2012. Meredith explains in her introductory post just why she believes that fighting that organized effort is worth enough of her time that she started her own blog in order to share some information with the world:
Still, the anti-Vermont Yankee walkers accept the idea that Vermont will burn expensive fossil fuels for electricity for “three to five years” — or maybe ten years, or maybe forever. They apparently don’t concern themselves with global warming or pollution from fossil-fired plants. They just want to shut down Yankee, and they are very organized.
The Vermont Yankee power plant has been a asset to Vermont by providing safe, clean, reliable, inexpensive power. It has provided good jobs, charitable donations, and taxes. Yankee’s low-cost electricity encourages business and employment in Vermont. Vermont Yankee has been, and can remain, a boon to the state and the region.
It is time that Vermont Yankee supporters become organized. This new blog can be a place where we can trade information. I hope it will become a rallying point for plant supporters.
Food for thought – who will benefit if Vermont Yankee is forced to stop supplying low cost electricity? Organization requires resources; who do you think is providing those resources to the vocal leaders of the effort to close down the plant?
Here is an interesting side note about the power of the tools that creative people are putting into our hands – Meredith wrote the first post on Yes Vermont Yankee on January 1, 2010. I found the blog when I got a notification from Twitter that Yes Vermont Yankee (yes_VY) is now following me. Now you know about this new blog, you know a little about Meredith and her cause and you even know how to keep close track of her activities in support of the threatened power plant that provides her state with about half of the electricity that it consumes without regard to any weather influences and without burning any fossil fuels or producing any emissions.
My one regret – I just noticed that Meredith already had one Twitter follower before I clicked on the “Follow” button. Dan Yurman at Idaho Samizdat beat me to it. You can read his January 2, 2010 post about other new bloggers for nuclear energy at Yet more bloggers for nuclear energy. I could have sworn that post was not up when I “hit the rack” last night.