Fear of blackouts sways California lawmakers on nuclear power plant extension
Category: News & PoliticsVia: magicschoolbusdropout • 4 weeks ago • 7 comments
By: Camille von Kaenel
JUST SHOCKING !
No "Pun" Intended........ snicker
Does that mean SOME, are figuring out going "ALL Green" , Really Isn't the way to go ?
S ACRAMENTO — California lawmakers agreed early Thursday to postpone the planned closure of the state’s last nuclear power plant, accepting a divisive plan proposed by Gov. Gavin Newsom as part of a broad energy package pushed through in the final days of the legislative session.
In a session that extended past 1 a.m., lawmakers accepted the Newsom administration’s argument that the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, which was scheduled to close in 2025 and provides nearly 10 percent of the state’s power, must be allowed to stay online to prevent a shortage of power and avoid blackouts as California works to transition away from fossil fuels in the coming years.
The larger energy package, including the future of Diablo Canyon, was the central focus of the administration at the end of the legislative session, reflecting the importance of the issue in a state where there is widespread support for action on climate policy but also a precarious power grid strained by intense heat waves and drought.
“It says to the rest of the country, to other climate leaders or deniers or whoever they are, that California is insistent on hitting our clean energy goals, but at the same time not doing something foolish that will increase our reliance on dirty fuels and more costly fuel from other sources,” said state Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa), who co-authored the Diablo Canyon extension legislation, in an interview before the vote.
Their vote took place against the backdrop of a punishing heat wave expected to last through the Labor Day weekend that has prompted state officials to urge people to conserve energy to prevent blackouts.
Any future blackouts that resulted from the closure of the nuclear plant would be blamed on the Democrats, one lawmaker warned.
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