Monday, April 18, 2011

Unprotected Sex, and See You in Court

Dear Lord,

Today the Reformer reported that Entergy has filed suit to keep Vermont Yankee open. This is because the NRC has voted to renew our operating license in 2012, yet the Vermont legislature has declined to send us merrily on our way toward receiving the necessary certificate of public good.

As Richard Smith, President of Entergy Wholesale Commodities, said, "We have made every reasonable effort to accommodate the state of Vermont and its officials while allowing the continued operation of Vermont Yankee - an outcome that benefits all stakeholders, including Vermont consumers and the approximately 650 men and women who work at the plant. Despite the fact that Vermont Yankee is important to the reliability of the New England electric transmission grid, emits virtually no greenhouse gases, and provides more than $100 million in annual economic benefits to the state of Vermont, it has been made clear that state officials are singularly focused on shutting down the plant. That has left us with no other choice but to seek relief in the court system."

I couldn't have said it better myself! Truly, Lord, it is unfortunate and unfair that such eloquence will surely be drowned out by another item in today's news. The New York Times is reporting that robots working inside Japan's crippled nuclear reactor have determined that the plant is now too radioactive for even disaster workers to enter. And this is after Japan's regulatory agency more than doubled the legal limit for nuclear workers' exposure!

Darn it all. We just don't seem to be able to catch a good news cycle.

Also in the news today, the President-Elect of the American College of Surgeons has resigned in the wake of widespread outrage after he publicly extolled the mood-enhancing effects of semen on women during unprotected sex. I mention this only because I suspect he is looking for work.

Which means he could join our PR team and support the president of Entergy Wholesale Commodities in extolling the mood-enhancing effects of nuclear power on Vermonters during electricity protection that threatens their lives.

It's nice to know that the President of Entergy Wholesale Commodities has only Vermonters' comfort and pleasure in mind, just like men who insist women have unprotected sex are only thinking of the mood boost those women will get.