In an interview that shows what kind of “nuclear industry executive” he was, Arnie Gundersen explains to Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! that even though nuclear fuel costs are far lower than fuel costs for gas or coal plants, the need to employ hundreds of trained, dedicated professionals is a severe disadvantage. He was the kind of executive that was trained to put profits before people.
Gundersen claims that activists who sought for years to add layers of cost to Vermont Yankee have achieved a big victory in forcing Entergy to declare that the plant is no longer economically viable in the face of those extra costs when the market value of the plant’s product can actually fall below zero under planned market rule changes.
How can the left leaning viewers at Democracy Now! keep their stomachs from churning as their heads get spun by people like Gundersen? Their opposition to nuclear energy is already in direct conflict with their desire to fight climate change and the fossil fuel industry. Now Gunderso also shown to be in direct conflict with their professed desire for lots of good jobs that pay living wages.
I know people expect politicians to be insincere, but it boggles my mind to hear Governor Shumlin say that his heart is going out to the hard working people at Vermont Yankee after he worked so diligently to put them out of work.