Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Giving Nuclear Energy a Second Look in California

Over at Inside Bay Area.com, Sarah Tribble has put together a nice overview of why policymakers in California are giving nuclear energy a second look. Here's a passage that made me smile:

As California grapples with global warming, energy-industry leaders, environmentalists and policy-makers are subtly — but significantly — starting to shift their thinking about the controversial power source.

"Nuclear power has to be part of the solution," Stanford University President John Hennessy said at an alternative-energy gathering in Palo Alto this spring. "Can we really understand the notion of risk? Nuclear plants versus carbon emissions — which will kill and has killed more people?"

The audience applauded.
Here, here.


Anonymous said...

Being from CA, I read this article w/ interest.

We've had a de facto moratorium on nuclear plant construction for 3 decades. We've had the 2001 electric crisis which is still fresh in everyone's memory. And fortunately, we have a state ballot initiative process.

I've always had a lot of confidence in my fellow voters.

Just watch us...

JimHopf said...

This article was a reprint of a San Jose Mercury News article (same author) that ran on 6/10. I found the article to be fairly balanced, but I sent a letter in anyway, and it got published!!

My letter can be found in the pile of letters given at the link below (scroll down when you get there):

http://www.mercurynews.com/lette...ters/ ci_6137337