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BREAKING: Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) will introduce legislation to prevent California from closing nuclear plant

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"California's push for clean energy has already created hardship for consumers, from a 40% decade-long climb in electricity costs to rolling blackouts that loom as a threat every heat wave. Now the state is poised to exacerbate that crisis with plans to retire its last remaining, zero-carbon emissions nuclear plant in 2025.

The planned closure of Diablo Canyon, approved by the state in 2018, will take offline another 2200 megawatts of electricity production — nearly 10% of the state’s needs — with no ready replacement. As many as 3 million consumers could be impacted.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), one of the senior members of the state's congressional delegation, told Just the News he is moving to stop the closure.

This week, he is introducing new legislation called the Clean Energy Protection Act to, among other things, prohibit California from shuttering Diablo Canyon and instead to increase its capacity.

The bill would require the state to issue Diablo Canyon the permits needed to keep nuclear power operating and direct the appropriate federal agencies to issue permits to allow the plant to produce an additional 8,000 megawatts of power to ease California's energy crunch."



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