A Cure for California Blackouts: Nuclear Power
Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.
As wildfires and yet another heatwave roil and boil California, the state’s electricity users are being warned they face rolling blackouts:
The state grid operator called for rolling blackouts last month for the first time since 2001 as a heatwave swept California and other parts of the West. The state’s largest utilities cut power on two consecutive nights to several hundred thousand customers.
Rolling blackouts, which gradually move through targeted cities and towns when power supplies get tight, are distinct from safety-related shutoffs designed to reduce fire risk.
Lurking behind the blackouts is a larger problem entirely of California’s own making: its move away from fossil fuels and toward renewable sources, which have physical limitations:
Solar-energy production begins to decline in the early evening hours, when power usage peaks, reducing the capacity available during a supply crunch.
As Reason’s Ronald Bailey notes, the shortages could easily have been avoided if California had also embraced – rather than intentionally shut down – one of the greener power alternatives in existence today: nuclear power. Bailey writes:
In 2013, state regulators forced the closing of the San Onofre nuclear power plant that supplied electricity to 1.4 million households. By 2025, California regulators plan to close down the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant that can supply electricity to 3 million households.
The problem of climate change, along with the blackouts resulting from the inherent vagaries of wind and solar power, are an indication that California should not only keep its nuclear power plants running but also build many more of them.
bull crap. I do believe right now that state has 5 or 6 plants built over fault lines. If the big one comes and they are knocked out (destroyed) the winds that go from WEST to EAST will bring the fall out over the whole country. Heck they can not stop the one in Japan from putting its contaminated water into the pacific, which again goes West to East and has been showing up along our West Coast. May be instead of navada using all that electric power to light up the casinos and all that advertising using electric (large) signs could also use less. and there are a lot more things that could be done to cut back and maybe not have to go nuclear.
California has not built a Nuclear plant in over 40 years. The modern plants build around the world are not dependent upon power to scram, are modular, safe and economically feasible. Besides nuclear plants, we should be building damns for water storage we desperately need and the accompanying electric generation they would provide. Of course this would require Californians to vote in leaders instead of game show hosts who actually have leadership skills and not just political posers and elitists like governor hair gel. Until then we will all just have to be thirsty in the dark, only illuminated by the light of the fires…… ps It is Nevada not navada….
Cali has one operational plant with a pair of reactors, three plants in different stages of decommissioning and 20+ nuclear test unis at research facikites and labs CALD-of-E and CARB have removed dams to restore fish habitats. The demo Gov of Nevada and the demo mayor of Las Vegas are killing it off quite well, they do not need Calis help.
Part of the problem was bankrupting Pacific E&G making them pay for prior fires. which prevents updating the electric service
Let that filthy place burn and hopefully newsome and all the rest of those digusting leaders! They just legalized pedophilia! Its time to lynch that bastard!
The simple solution,is vote the damocrats OUT!
A “Sanctuary State”???? Let it burn…..
This article was written by a Californian, wasn’t it.
I could care less what happens to California. Let them burn to the ground and sink into the ocean while taking their stupid lefty ideas with them. California has become a third world state that is full of trash, homeless people, and dumb Democrats.
Well since Newsom i s the nephew of Nancy P he is only following her example. . .
The cure for California is to VOTE REPUBLICANS BACK IN POWER!!!
Turn the Mexi/US wall north at Arizona. and don’t stop building till we get to Canada.