Newsom Acting More Like A Governor And Less Like A Liberal-Minded Environmentalist

By Seth Cutler | Thursday, 12 May 2022 12:00
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The Newsom government in California is now deeply considering allowing the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, the state’s last such facility, to stay open as anxieties grow over the lack of ability to meet consumer demand for electricity. Putting the State above the demands of environmentalists is a new look for Newsom and shows just how desperate he is to meet the energy needs of his state.

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) now plans to ask the federal government for a $6 billion bailout to rescue the ailing facility.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the one plant is responsible for roughly six percent of all energy consumed by Californians and is supposed to be decommissioned in 2025 by its parent company, Pacific Gas and Electric.

The plant shows its age and needs renovations like earthquake-proofing and other environmental advancements.

Gov. Newsom noted that “The requirement is by May 19 to submit an application, or you miss the opportunity to draw down any federal funds if you want to extend the life of that plant,” and that “we would be remiss not to put that on the table as an option.”

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Ironically, California is the state most affected in recent years by power outages. Despite this, it is pushing a heavily “progressive” agenda, still intending to eliminate gas-powered cars by 2035. Despite their non-popularity in modern-day America, nuclear plants have statistically had the least environmental impact out of any method of generating mass amounts of electricity and are responsible for nearly 20 percent of all power generation nationwide.

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Meanwhile, Company executives who own electrical grids are making dire pronouncements about potential mass shortages over intentions to replace fossil-fuel and nuclear plants with “renewable” sources.

John Bear, the CEO of MISO, explained to the press on Sunday, “As we move forward, we need to know that when you put a solar panel or a wind turbine up, it’s not the same as a thermal resource.”

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According to Fox News, “the issue is on the rise throughout the country as many traditional and nuclear power plants are being retired to make way for renewable energy sources, but the plants are going offline faster than renewable energy and battery storage can keep up.”

“Green” energy sources like solar and wind rely heavily on batteries. Battery efficiency is constantly improving, though it’s not enough to keep up with current demand if plant closures continue as planned, Bear explained. Brad Jones, the acting CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, announced that “every market worldwide is trying to deal with the same issue.”

“We’re all trying to find ways to utilize as much of our renewable resources as possible…and at the same time make sure that we have enough dispatchable generation to manage reliability.” Both supply chain matters and inflation are reportedly slowing the process.

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