President Obama's plan isn't a certain deathblow for the West's oldest facilities. That's partly because a number of those units are already slated for closure.
The public is being kept in the dark about which states have applied for the lucrative grants, and what their actual track records are when it comes to preventing fraud and misuse.
Bill McKibben is Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, founder of 350.org, and a TomDispatch regular. His most recent book, just out in paperback, is "Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet."