Vermont Senate says no nukes after 2012

The nuclear energy industry has had plenty to celebrate recently. President Barack Obama said the country needed to build new reactors to meet the challenges of climate change in his State of the Union address, and then his administration requested Congress triple the amount of loan guarantees to help finance the plants.

But as Associated Press reports today, the industry still faces some political challenges.

The Vermont Senate voted Wednesday to block the state's only nuclear plant from operating after 2012. The AP reports that, "Vermont is the only state in the country with a law giving its Legislature a say over a nuclear plant's relicensing."