There's a nuclear power plant in our region that has been bad news for lots of very real reasons, and people have been protesting its existence for a long time.
And now it's slated to shut down.
And a lot of folks are celebrating, and I get it, but — I grew up near a nuclear power plant that employed a lot of people, and this is not all good news.
In a town of about 2,200 people, 630 jobs were just lost. Obviously, not everyone who works at Vermont Yankee lives in Vernon — which means we'll feel the effects regionwide. And 630 people either lost their jobs or will be relocated to other areas. That's hard for many of them.
- For those who benefited from those individuals' presence in the community
- For those who made money selling them goods and services
- For those who are served by the nonprofits they donated to or volunteered for
- For those who were already looking for jobs who will now have to compete with a whole new pool of skilled labor
- For really, probably, everyone in the region, whether they understand it or not.
Other people have also already acknowledged that (there's a really great editorial out there that I suddenly can't find; if you know the one, please feel free to link to it in the comments), but my own circle seems much more inclined to rejoice first, ask questions later. And I do not mean to diminish the role of people who've spent countless hours working to stop something that has been (and will continue to be for decades, actually) a real danger. I know I sound scoldy. I don't mean to sound scoldy.
But I'm seeing this as a mixed blessing, for sure. There are people I like having around who will not be as a result of this, and it makes me sad.