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Will Gavin Newsom Keep His Climate Promise to Joe Biden?

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In a January 19 letter to President Biden, CA Governor Gavin Newsom wrote, "California is eager to support your bold agenda."

Oh, really?

In The Biden Plan to Build a Modern, Sustainable Infrastructure and Build a Clean Energy Future, the President pledges to continue "to leverage the carbon-pollution free energy provided by existing sources like nuclear and hydropower, while ensuring those facilities meet robust and rigorous standards for worker, public, environmental safety and environmental justice."

California's Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant has met those robust and rigorous standards for 36 years, delivering 9% of our state's electricity with zero carbon emissions - 100% clean electricity. The $11 billion, state-of-the-art plant could extend its remarkable achievement for another 40 years if it wasn't for vigorous opposition from a fossil fuel industry intent on tearing it down and replacing it with polluting gas plants.

Newsom could support a zero-emission credit in California, and continue to leverage the carbon-pollution free energy provided by Diablo Canyon. Or, he could allow it to be shut down, and put the financial interests of his corporate political donors above fighting climate change.

So Governor Newsom: which will it be? Will you stand up for environmental justice, or is this where you and the president part ways?

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