Efforts to put pro-nuclear measure on June ballot called off

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Dec. 6, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

A proposal by Assemblymember Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine) to lift the statewide moratorium on nuclear power won’t be on the June 2008 ballot.  The Orange County lawmaker threw in the towel after a number of recent public opinion polls showed a lack of support for the proposed ballot measure.  
 
While nuclear power is gaining in public acceptance and even acquiring some unlikely supporters, it is still controversial.  The new support has come from erstwhile skeptics, even some in the environmental community, who appreciate its low carbon footprint and virtually zero carbon emissions.

California’s two nuclear generating units, Diablo Canyon and San Onofre, provide a significant amount of non greenhouse-gas emitting electricity.

The license for Pacific Gas & Electric's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant expires in 2021.  The license for the San Onofre nuclear power plant, owned by Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric, expires in 2022.  Both facilities are in the re-licensing process.

DeVore says he will continue to champion nuclear power and ending the California ban.  "California will eventually have to come around, if we're serious about these global warming goals and serious about getting rid of coal," he said. "The only way you can make a big dent in the problem is if you increase the use of nuclear power and dramatically increase electric vehicles powered by that power."
 
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