Thursday, March 27, 2008

Warming to Nuclear

It seems that if nuclear energy can simply hang around long enough, eventually it is going to find mainstream acceptance, even in California. Janice Mara's piece in the Contra Costa times gives a really good overview of the where nuclear power stands in California today.

The prohibition against building new plants in California until somebody figures out what to do with all of those spent fueld rods is well known, as is Assemblyman Chuck DeVore's passion for overturning the ban. But, what is interesting in Mara's piece is that many environmental activists who have long-opposed nuclear are warming to its benefits.

Similarly, private investment partnerships, such as the one in Fresno are looking for ways to develop new plants.

Mara also gives a good history of nuclear power in California.

Currently nuclear accounts for 19% of the electricity generated in the U.S. and that number is likely to grow.

Nuclear war in California [Contra Costa Times]