During his 2010 State of the Union address, President Obama announced that America must create more clean energy jobs beginning with building a new generation of safe nuclear power plants in the United States.
Last Tuesday, Obama announced $8.3 billion in federal loans will help finance two state of the art reactors in Georgia-the first new nuclear reactors that will be built in our country in almost 30 years. The president is also calling for an increase the 2011 federal budget to help fund between six to ten more reactors that will allow the U.S. to meet greenhouse-gas emission goals.
One of those new reactors could be built in Vermont, according to U.S. Senator candidate Len Britton.
"Now is the time for action and leadership," said Britton, a candidate running to fill U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy's seat. Leahy has been senator since 1976. Britton supports the idea of taking the president up on his offer and build one of the propsoed new, zero greenhouse-gas nukes at the Vermont Yankee site in Vernon, Vt.
"When elected, I will work with President Obama to help secure lending to fund a new state of the art reactor that will provide clean, low cost energy and will create jobs in Vermont" said Britton.
"The people of Vermont understandably may not have confidence in Entergy right now - however we should not close our eyes or turn our backs on the new technology and innovation tomorrow has in store for us. We must work to preserve the 620 jobs in Vernon and listen to the needs of Vermont residents and businesses. Our state needs environmentally sound nuclear energy options like the ones proposed by President Obama which will provide clean energy and protect our state from further job losses"
Britton said the Vermont State Legislature should hold off voting on the fate of the Vermont Yankee power station until all of the facts are on the table.
"They owe that to the people of Vermont," he said. "We need to see the results of the pending investigations, be assured the leaks have been repaired and that there is no public health hazard to worry about."