One-time Greenpeace activist turned corporate PR consultant, Patrick Moore, has been hired by a Vermont group called Vermont Energy Partnership to help win a 20-year extension to the operating license of the aging Vermont Yankee nuclear power station. The continued operation of the nuclear plant, which is owned by Entergy, is being opposed by Nuclear-Free Vermont. Moore said that the storage of high-level nuclear waste on the banks of the Connecticut River in dry casks is "a perfectly safe and secure way to store" it. To which the president of Vermont's Senate, Peter Shumlin, retorted "I don't believe in Santa Claus anymore." Moore is also an "adviser" to New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance, which is campaigning for a 20-year license renewal for Entergy's Indian Point nuclear power plant. He is also a consultant to the Nuclear Energy Institute front group, the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition.
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