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A gold medal for Sen. Kehoe

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Aug. 15, 2008

A quick commendation goes out to Sen. Christine Kehoe for mentioning the necessity of retaining and growing California manufacturers in the State's hunt for greenhouse gas reductions.  Yesterday in a Capitol Weekly article on a concept to create and pay for an institute to inform, research, innovate and otherwise be the State's global warming think tank, Kehoe, a democrat driven toward the virtual twin towers of AB 32 -- greenhouse reductions and economic growth in California -- said this:

"The money would go to applied research and "green" workforce development, which is a new element," Kehoe said. "We want to try and make sure that these advanced ideas are manufactured here in California and that we are able to export that new, high technology around the world. Climate-change technology will be invaluable." A fundamental approach of the new plan, she added, is to develop a "broad-based funding source, so all Californians are chipping in."

The State continues to charge forward with an overall scoping plan that is set to implement the first massive greenhouse gas regulations next year, but we still don't have any economic research on the overall costs to manufacturers or consumers and we have no plan to ensure our lowest-emitting manufactures stay here or strategy to recruit new ones from elsewhere.   This is why the faint drumb beat for cost data and real strategies to encourage California manufacturing must escalate into a Statewide movement ... soon.

In the spirit of the ongoing summer Olympics, we provide you, Sen. Kehoe, with a gold medal for your voice of reason, perspicacity and foresight.  Keep those comments coming.  When manufacturing retention becomes a State movement, we'll put you on the podium more than Michael Phelps!

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Climate change causes some to rethink nuclear power

Posted by Dorothy Rothrock, 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."

Once Taboo, Nuclear Power Experiences Renaissance in California:

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