Even that animated haircut Gavin Newsom realizes that shutting down the nuclear power plant at Diablo Canyon would get him bounced out of his job as governor of the stupidest state in the union.
He’s put the closure on hold until 2030 when he’ll be safely out of politics and doing harm in some other capacity.
And this same realization is coming to all the other geniuses who thought windmills and solar panels could replace the gigawatts of power we currently use to fuel a modern civilization.
“Across the United States, according to the fifth annual ecoAmerica survey, support for nuclear energy has risen to 60% (up from Gallup-reported 51% in 2015. Business Wire says support for nuclear has never been higher, though the survey also reported a majority still harbor fears about nuclear solid waste disposal, health and safety, security and weaponization, and cost.”
And overseas other nations are changing their minds about nuclear power.
” The British – who are even calling for fracking and renewed oil and gas exploration and development in the North Sea – are bullish on nuclear energy today despite plans to close five of its eight old reactors. France, Japan, China, India, Finland and Hungary are also building new nuclear plants, and Poland, Romania, and the Czech Republic want to go nuclear.”
Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium, and Austria have still maintained their pledges to shut down their existing nuclear plants but even the Germans with their dominant Green movement, are probably starting to wonder if reality will allow them to do this in the face of the loss of Russian natural gas.
The hippies dealt the US nuclear industry a seemingly lethal wound after Three Mile Island. But now the hippies are in nursing homes and maybe their just as stupid children may be forced to decide which they hate more fossil fuels or nuclear power. They’re going to have to choose one. Tilting at windmills won’t keep the lights on.
A glimmer of hope.
Let’s hope it catches on.
It’ll happen despite the idiocy of the greens. With China and India moving to nuclear power it’ll be kind of difficult to sell Americans on suffering brown outs with wind and solar. But it’ll be decades before we catch up.