Governor Strickland was giddy.
For a day.
Yesterday, Ted Strickland announced plans for the development for a Nuclear Power Plan in Piketon, Ohio.
Strickland said the effort will revitalize this region’s economy.
Duke Energy will manage the project as the alliance requests DOE funding for the project’s initial phase, including an early site permit.
Strickland said Ohio generates and uses more electricity than all but four other U.S. states and only 18 countries use more electricity than Ohio.
“This is the new beginning we have all been waiting for,” Strickland said.
No, it isn’t.
From a story updated yesterday evening:
A lead energy company says there is no firm commitment to build a proposed nuclear power plant that politicians are hailing as a gateway to clean energy and a source of much needed jobs and revenue in rural Appalachia.
Duke Energy spokeswoman Rita Sipe in Charlotte, N.C., says the Thursday announcement of the proposal merely keeps open the option of a nuclear plant.
Oh, Ted. I know you’re desperate for good news, but this is no way to go about it. It screams amateurism.
Maybe next time your staff can make an extra effort to confirm the story is actually true before agreeing to a grandiose announcement event.
Ted wants to talk about the “new day” we’ve been waiting for? Well, it looks like we’re still about 18 months out.