Two plants and three ways to help them
Ohio has two nuclear plants, Davis-Besse and Perry. They add up to around 2000 MW electric. Ohio as a whole is a coal and natural gas state. I did a quick addition, based on this table of power plants in Ohio. By my calculations, Ohio has about 14,000 MW of coal. That is a lot of coal.
I grant you that some of those coal units are scheduled to close, and will probably be replaced by natural gas. Nevertheless, it is clear that these two nuclear plants are essential for Ohio to avoid being completely fossil power.
As a Vermonter, I do not want Ohio to have nothing but fossil-powered electricity. The prevailing winds are from the West, and Vermont has a long history of resenting the acid rain visited on our forests by the coal-burning states of the Midwest. The rain is less acid nowadays, but our soils have not fully recovered. And "less acid" does not mean: Good for the forests. It does mean: Better than it used to be.
Three ways to help nuclear in Ohio
How can you help nuclear in Ohio? Three ways, and you can do it now.
1) If you live in Ohio: Write your legislator in support of two bills that value nuclear for its zero-emissions electricity. NEI has a post with links. Exelon Rep Urges Ohio Lawmakers to Support Zero-Emission Program.
2) If you don't live in Ohio (or even if you do) donate to Generation Atomic. Generation Atomic has been going door to door in Ohio, building support for the nuclear plants. They have a plan, they have volunteers, they have an App for your phone, and they are having success, including more than a thousand people who are now actively in favor of nuclear, and excellent press coverage. Here's their latest field report (Notes from the Field, Week 5, Sandusky Ohio) And here's a very important link for people: the Donate screen for Generation Atomic.
3) If you live in or near Ohio, go to the rally-symposium June 13! Well, okay, the event is called an educational symposium on nuclear technology. (I added the "rally" part because I think of it as a rally.) The symposium will include panels, speakers and questions. This event at the Ohio Statehouse atrium includes American Nuclear Society Michigan-Ohio Section, the AFL-CIO, and North American Young Generation in Nuclear. Maria Korsnick, president of NEI, will speak. Be there! I think this symposium (rally?) will be heavily covered in the press, and quite important.
Help the Ohio nuclear plants keep generating clean low-carbon power. The environment needs you!
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