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Nuclear. This is the way!

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Bob Meinetz on May 9, 2021

Though the value of keeping existing plants online isn't controversial, it is opposed by those hungering for a piece of the "green energy" pie - i.e., profiting at the expense of climate change progress.
2.4 billion watts of clean energy - 9% of all electricity consumed in California - is generated safely at Diablo Canyon Power Plant, near San Luis Obispo.

"The status of existing plants has big implications: Including Indian Point, seven gigawatts of nuclear power are in danger of going offline before 2026 due to depressed electricity prices.  

'Taking out nuclear power plants completely destroys gains with renewables,' [MIT Nuclear Engineer Jacopo] Buongiorno says. When the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which produced about 8 percent of California’s electricity, closed in 2013, the local cost of electricity increased, and carbon dioxide emissions in California increased by 9.2 million tons the following year."

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