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California needs to embrace nuclear power

Mark Whittington writes in The Washington Examiner that California needs to embrace nuclear power.

The C3 Take
  • A recent heatwave and a government-mandated “renewables only” energy strategy has strained California’s grid.
  • One way in which California can solve its grid problems while reducing emissions is by embracing nuclear power.
  • The state has recently extended the life of Diablo Canyon, its only nuclear plant.
  • By embracing nuclear energy and pivoting to an “all of the above” energy strategy that let’s the market pick winners and losers, California can shore up its energy reliability and reach its climate goals.

“But if the goal is to eliminate carbon dioxide, California’s decommissioning of carbon-free nuclear power plants has been puzzling. Nuclear power plants do not emit greenhouse gases. Unlike solar and wind, nuclear power runs 24/7 without the need for complicated energy storage technology.”

Read the full article here.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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