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Public Meltdown: The Story of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant Paperback – Mar 21 2012

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: White River Press (March 21 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935052608
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935052609
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,201,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Public Policy in the (Post) Nuclear Age March 13 2012
By Mark - Published on
Format: Paperback
Although Richard Watts is an academic, this book is important for anyone interested in how important public policy debates are currently conducted in America. Watts identifies the ways in which one side (nuclear power plant operators) and the other (nuclear opponents) frame issues ("safe, clean and reliable" versus "dirty, dangerous and old") then counts the number of times each frame appears in the media over the course of a years-long debate. As the frame counts shift back and forth over time, he shows the reflection of public opinion - and government policy - move in similar fashion. Not only does he let the reader see how the sausage is made, he points toward ways people can be involved to make better sausage.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great story of energy, activism, and government March 18 2012
By Ben - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book chronicles a fascinating and unique story, but one that is relevant to the aging powerplants across the nation. It provides the reader with the necessary background to see the surprising turn of events that caused Vermont Yankee nuclear owner, Entergy Corp, to lose public support in Vermont. The story will be a great read for anyone interested in energy, activism, media, government, and/or history as it draws together all of these. It is backed up with numerous interviews and data from media research which illuminate the history and current state of this issue.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Well-written, engaging May 5 2012
By Woody - Published on
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This is a well-written, extensively documented account of how Entergy frittered away all the good will they once had in Vermont. I found it fascinating, a quick read filled with information presented in a logical and engaging fashion. It's a must-read for anyone even vaguely interested in the controversy surrounding extension of Vermont Yankee's license.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book! June 6 2014
By Aaron Z Witham - Published on
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A compelling read. A very revealing look at the power of public relations in helping or hindering environmental movements. I definitely recommend it.
Worth it if you are interested in this topic, good easy writing style Oct. 12 2015
By Kismet - Published on
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I thought it was eminently readable, and it does what it set out to do, but if you aren't interested in the topic then maybe this book is not for you. Its going to talk extensively about the history surrounding the plants closure, but doesn't talk in depth about nuclear power, or about the history of the plant before its closure.

The core is compelling: a state government screws themselves over by selling a valuable asset to the private sector, bullies the private sector owners until they decide its better to close it, and then leave Vermont without electricity generation, and no plan to replace it, Vermont never considered buying the plant back it seems, so it seems like a story that proves their idiocy and poor planning