NIRS’s Tim Judson presents on the importance of Stopping the Millstone Nuclear Bailout
There are no technical obstacles to an emergency transition to a 100% clean renewable energy grid in Connecticut, and in the nation as a whole, by 2050. An emergency transition, together with energy conservation programs and the immediate
development of abundant mass transit, will not only reduce climate change emissions, but also provide more good paying
jobs and lower the cost of living for CT residents.
The nuclear industry, long understood as unacceptably dangerous for those living in its midst and those mining
its deadly fuel, is intervening to stop this transition. They are attempting to prolong the life of this outmoded energy
source by falsely re-branding it as “zero-carbon emissions” and as part of the solution to climate change.
In Connecticut, a bill has been introduced to allow the Millstone Nuclear Power Station, a particularly unsafe and environmentally destructive component of the current dirty energy system, to grab an even large share of the market. At a hearing held by the Energy and Technology Committee, critics of this attempt to subsidize Millstone were in the majority, but the fight is far from over.
NIRS’s Tim Judson presents an overview of the nuclear power industry, its current drive to repackage old nuclear plants as a clean energy source, and the short and long term implications of subsidies for Millstone.