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The Vermont Attorney General’s Web site states, “Vermont’s gambling laws are designed to ensure that only nonprofit organizations can operate games of chance and that all the proceeds from such games, except for prizes and reasonable expenses, go to charity.” Yet Entergy (a for-profit corporation) gambles with our lives, the lives of our children and our environment by continuing to operate Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. With every passing day, with every additional accident, the odds that the plant is safe, clean and reliable worsen.
As wheelers and dealers, the Douglas administration, the Public Service Board, the Department of Public Service, and the Legislature are complicit in the corporate gamble. On top of that, the gambling tickets are bought with the money we pay in taxes — talk about bailouts.
Safe and clean energy means energy that does not affect the health of our children and families, the health of the animals on our farms or the health of the environment. Vermonters have demonstrated, over and over again, their desire for reliable, safe, clean renewable energy. It is time for Governor Douglas, his administration and the Legislature to stop gambling with our lives. It is time to shut down Entergy Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant for good and to start building healthy relationships with businesses that supply us with safe, renewable, green energy sources.