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Climate change causes some to rethink nuclear power

Posted by Ashley Hong, Policy Intern on Dec. 10, 2007

It would have been unthinkable just two years ago. 

The Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee is conducting an informational hearing today in San Diego on the status of nuclear energy, which by itself is nothing new.  But what is so different this year is that in addition to discussing nuclear waste, seismic safety and utility management of the state’s two nuclear plants, the committee will also discuss the role nuclear power plays in reducing greenhouse gases.  In other words, nuclear power may have a future after all.

Committee chair Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego), while not exactly a champion of nuclear power, says it is time to reexamine our state’s energy portfolio.  "We're not going to meet our greenhouse gas emissions goal unless we start taking some major steps to find cleaner ways to produce the tremendous amount of energy we need."

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