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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Ballot measure would shut down California nukes

If it makes it to the ballot, this proposition will probably prompt some new safety initiatives, even if it doesn't pass. If nothing else, the public debate would be healthy.

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The timing is significant. A recent threat alert at San Onofre turned out to be only a propane leak, but the information about what was actually happening was too slow in coming.

With sirens sounding and helicopters overhead the media was not able to immediately confirm nature of the alert. The local backlash sparked much debate, and a dark reality check about what could have been.

San Onofre sits yards from the Pacific on one side, the freeway on the other, and San Clemente a few miles to the North. The perfect location for catastrophe.

I would like to see that debate occur as well - but.

If they lose 16% of their generation capacity, we are definitely affected here as well. There's no getting around the fact that we're on a grid, and there would be tremendous political pressure to ship more NW power to the south.

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