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California’s Last Nuclear Power Plant


California’s Last Nuclear Power Plant

Rhea Suh

For years, some have claimed that we can’t fight climate change without nuclear power, because shutting down nuclear plants would mean burning more fossil fuels to generate replacement electricity.

That’s wrong, of course, and now we have the proof.


Ms. Suh is more optimistic than many of us.

A lot can happen between now and 2024:

"When PG&E retires its two Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors, in 2024 and 2025, the electricity they generate will be replaced with gains in energy efficiency, renewable power, and pollution-free energy technologies."

Also, the pep-talk on the results of the Paris Climate Summit is mostly just that. Very little was agreed upon in BINDING LEGAL terms.


2024 and 2025 definitely raises my brows.

Germany retired their nuke plants on a much faster schedule.

Of course, 10% of Germany's Bundestag members are Green Party. Perhaps Californians (and the rest of Murka) need to elect more Green candidates ?


Gernany did close some plants after Fukushima, but not all of them until 2022. In the meantime between 2011 and 2014 Germany burned more coal and oil. It is positive that this agreement has been reached for the Diablo Canyon plants to continue to operate until the end of their licenses, after 40 years of operation.