Well, I live in Vermont, and I do not want Vermont Yankee to close.
Many people in Vermont want the plant to stay open...polls show fairlly even division between prefer-to-close and prefer-to-stay open. You are making some sweeping statements here about what people want.
Even the VT entire legislature did not vote on VY...just the Senate did, not the Representatives. The state governor definitely wants VY closed. However. VY has paid a lot of taxes into the Clean Energy Development Fund that supports wind turbines and solar. Without VY, the government will have to raise some kind of tax to get equivalent money for renewables. This will not be a popular move. I think the state government as a whole (not the governor) actually has some mixed motivations about VY. And, as I said above, the "populace" is divided on the issue.
You can always find people predicting the demise of nuclear energy. I've heard this tune forever. The same people often think that natural gas will be cheap and abundant for a very long time (I predict it will be cheap for about four more years, if that long.) So opinions differ.
I think I understand your opinion, and I don't think I can change it. But I felt I should at least answer it.