Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Silicon Valley Business Owners Call For New Nuclear Build

With temperatures in Northern California cresting over 100 degrees, and the world's leading social networking service knocked offline for 24 hours because of power outages in Southern California, a group of Silicon Valley business owners are calling for California to get over its phobia of nuclear energy (subscription required):

Silicon Valley Leadership Group is calling on California to re-examine its fear of nuclear power plants.

The powerful business advocacy group will use its annual July 21 energy summit to call for reopening the discussion of constructing new nuclear power plants in the state, says SVLG energy director Justin Bradley.

"We think it's past time to begin the discussion," Mr. Bradley says. "It's cheap, it's clean and it works."
For video of Skip Bowman's speech from last September where he asked the state to reconsider its position on new nuclear build, click here. For an op-ed I wrote for the San Jose Mercury-News in May on how nuclear energy is already helping protect California's environment, click here.

As always, for the latest from the California ISO, click here.

UPDATE: Now it's a grid emergency in California.

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