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Hiltzik: Diablo Canyon and the renewables myth - Los Angeles Times
When it comes to resurrection stories, the Bible’s Lazarus may have nothing on the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. The plant’s two generating units, which went online in 1985 and 1986, lie on the coast near San Luis Obispo within 20 miles of four active earthquake faults. The faults were apparently unknown to the plant’s owner, Pacific Gas & Electric, which certified during the construction period that no such faults existed within that distance. Unit 2 was built in accordance with flawed blueprints. There have been efforts to close the plant for years, gaining intensity as PG&E’s atrocious safety record came to light; twice in the last two years the company has faced criminal charges for its role in igniting wildfires that burned thousands of acres, destroyed hundreds of structures and caused deaths and injuries. (The company pleaded guilty to 84 criminal counts in 2020.) With all that in mind, plus the crippling expense of required seismic and environmental upgrades to the plant, PG&E agreed in 2016 to shut its two units down in 2024 and 2025, the original expiration dates of their federal licenses. The shutdown deal was hailed as a landmark, closing the book on California’s checkered history with nuclear power. Despite all that, Diablo Canyon has suddenly emerged as a centerpiece of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to maintain the reliability of the state’s electric grid in the face of increasing global warming. With only days left in the legislative session, Newsom’s office unveiled a proposal to keep Diablo Canyon operating for as long as another decade past the shutdown dates. Newson’s proposal would provide a $1.4-billion “forgivable” loan to the utility to cover maintenance costs and the expense of resubmitting the plant for federal licensing. The term “forgivable” means that the loan would really function as a grant to the nation’s largest private utility. As my colleague Sammy Roth observes, the revival of Diablo Canyon would be exempt from state and local environmental reviews and coastal regulations. Although under traditional utility economics, PG&E’s electric customers have paid for the construction and operating costs of the plant, under the Newsom plan all California utility customers — in other words, almost everybody — would become responsible for the plant’s $460 million in annual operating costs and $300 million in replacement power costs during Diablo Canyon outages. Plainly, this scheme is lunacy. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2022-08-18
 
Southern California house payments soar 46%, sales drop 35% – Orange County Register
Buzz: Why did Southern California home sales fall to slowest July buying pace since 1995? Blame the record-breaking $3,319 monthly payment needed to finance the $740,000 median-priced home. Source: My trusty spreadsheet looked at what swiftly turned a bidding-war market into a no-bid world in 2022: The intersection of stubbornly high home prices (using the six-county region’s monthly median from DQNews) and rising mortgage rates tied to the Federal Reserve’s inflation fight (use the average 30-year deal from Freddie Mac). [Article]
by , Orange County Register. 2022-08-18
 
Coronavirus: L.A. County reported 3,379 more cases and 16 new deaths, Aug. 18 – Daily News
Los Angeles County public health officials reported 3,379 more cases of the coronavirus since Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 3,371,673 as of Thursday, Aug. 18. Officials reported 16 more deaths linked to the coronavirus since Wednesday for a total of 32,991 deaths since tracking began. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Daily News. 2022-08-18
 
New federal funds will help Southern California weather megadrought – Daily Bulletin
Nearly $310 million in federal funds from the infrastructure bill approved last November will help pay for projects that promise to capture, store and recycle more water in the drought-ridden West, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced Thursday at a press conference in Irvine. [Article]
by , Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. 2022-08-18
 
Pasadena proclaims emergency to respond to monkeypox virus – San Gabriel Valley Tribune
CITY HALL – Pasadena health officials proclaimed a local emergency on Thursday, Aug. 18, aiming to strengthen the city’s preparedness and abilities to respond to the monkeypox virus. Pasadena Interim City Manager Cynthia Kurtz announced the decision in a statement. [Article]
by , San Gabriel Valley Tribune. 2022-08-18
 
Under mandate, Los Angeles rolls out food waste composting - Los Angeles Times
For all the smiles and goodwill they attracted on a recent morning, the workers in the big green truck might have been hawking Popsicles and Choco Tacos. But on this hot Saturday near downtown, the people of Los Angeles were showering their love not on the ice cream man, but the trash man. The reason: L.A. Sanitation & Environment employees were delivering composting pails to every home and apartment in the Sunset Junction neighborhood west of Dodger Stadium. If all goes as planned, the expansion of this program will allow every Angeleno to conveniently recycle kitchen scraps, thereby reducing the burden on landfills and helping stem the production of Earth-warming greenhouse gases. “I’m really excited,” said Frankie McLafferty, a freelance web producer, accepting a toaster-sized composting pail at her front door. Until recently, she had seen composting as an “inaccessible” goal, requiring a big yard and her own equipment. Not anymore. “I’d rather do something for the environment. Now I feel I can.” McLafferty will be one of the early adopters now that Los Angeles has rolled out its curbside composting program to an initial group of 40,000 homes. The program encourages residents to deposit coffee grounds, egg shells, moldy bread, spoiled fruit, uneaten lasagna and all manner of other kitchen leftovers to the green waste bins where they already dump their yard trimmings. All of this may sound routine to many Bay Area and Orange County residents who have participated in residential composting programs for years. But because of its vast scale, Los Angeles could have a transformational effect on diverting food waste, experts say. Los Angeles isn’t advancing this environmental cause on its own. It is scrambling to meet a state-mandated deadline to move food waste out of landfills by the end of the year. To make the program available to all 750,000 of L.A.’s households, the city must build the capacity to handle a huge wave of organic waste, eventually up to 3,000 tons a day. “We are trying to return to a future where everyone is more considerate of how they use water and other natural resources,” said Barbara Romero, director of L.A. Sanitation & Environment. “It requires a behavior change, but I think everyone wants to be part of the solution. We are going to do our part, but we need the public as our partners.” [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2022-08-18
 
Funding announced for drought and clean drinking water - Los Angeles Times
On a tour of increasingly parched California on Thursday, U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visited a water recycling project in Irvine to tout her department’s allocation of more than $310 million to combat a western “megadrought” fueled largely by climate change. Joined by Rep. Katie Porter (D-Irvine) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton, Haaland stood before heavy equipment at the Syphon Reservoir Improvement Project and said she felt “overjoyed” to announce the funding of 25 water recycling projects, 20 of which are in California. “These projects will advance drought resilience by bolstering water reuse and recycling techniques while supporting over 850,000 people in providing clean, reliable drinking water to families throughout the West,” Haaland said. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2022-08-18
 
Commentary: Another deadly car crash. We can't keep waiting for safer streets - Los Angeles Times
It’s been a little more than a week, but the wreckage and horror of a fiery fatal crash in Windsor Hills are still on my mind. Five people, including a woman 8½ months pregnant, were killed when a motorist in a Mercedes-Benz sedan speeding 90 mph blew through a red light and plowed into several cars. Vehicles burst into flames. Billowing smoke could be seen for miles away. The victims were just driving across town, running errands or heading to the doctor’s office, and their lives were snuffed out in an instant. We talk a lot about gun violence in this country — as well we should — but almost as many people were killed by motor vehicles as by firearms in 2020. Cars have become significantly safer for drivers and their passengers, with airbags, seat belts and crash-impact protections, yet traffic deaths are on the rise. Nearly 43,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2021, a 10.5% increase over the prior year. Speed, reckless driving, inattention and driving while intoxicated are to blame. And so is our infrastructure, particularly in Los Angeles. The streets are dangerous by design. Just look at the intersection of Slauson and La Brea avenues in Windsor Hills, where the crash happened. The wide, seven-lane roads are designed to move cars as quickly as possible. And these kinds of streets — highways, really — are all over the Los Angeles area because for decades the goal of transportation planning was to build fast, free-flowing roads for the convenience and speed of drivers. Good luck to pedestrians and bicyclists. There is a movement to stop the carnage. Earlier this year, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced a new national strategy and funding to make streets safer. It calls for redesigning the entire transportation system, from road engineering to vehicle standards, to avoid crashes and to reduce the likelihood of serious injury and death when crashes occur. Humans make mistakes (sometimes, horrible ones), so road design should slow traffic speeds, force drivers to be more cautious and carve out safe spaces for pedestrians and bicyclists to share the road. What would that look like in practice? Reducing lanes of traffic, allowing street parking, adding street trees, building curb extensions at crosswalks and medians are all simple fixes that can change how people psychologically perceive and respond to a street, according to the National Assn. of City Transportation Officials. In 2015, Los Angeles adopted an ambitious 20-year plan to design and build streets to make it safer and easier for people to bike, walk and take public transit. It also included a goal to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2025. But since the adoption of Mobility Plan 2035, the city has made upgrades to only 95 miles of 3,137 miles identified in the plan — or less than 3% in a little more than six years. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2022-08-18
 
Column: Deadly speeding prompts pleas for a crackdown - Los Angeles Times
In Los Angeles, people have had it with speeding. They want more enforcement, stiffer penalties for offenders and better street design, and they want to know why — even as we move toward electric vehicles to save the planet — the auto industry produces gas-guzzling behemoths that easily go twice the highest speed limits, and why the media culture celebrates velocity. After my Sunday column about the high-speed Windsor Hills crash last week that killed five people, including a pregnant woman, residents weighed in with stories of unchecked reckless driving in their own neighborhoods, along with proposals to crack down on the carnage. In Angelino Heights, residents are rallying to stop the scheduled filming of a scene from “Fast & Furious” later this month, worried that yet another appearance in the popular film series will create even more mayhem in the neighborhood. “We will not stand for them filming here,” says a letter that was emailed to City Hall, arguing that the moviemakers “do nothing to dissuade their macho fans from endangering people’s lives on public streets in Los Angeles.” Ralph Hattenbach says an accident is “waiting to happen” near the corner of Sepulveda and 76th in Westchester. “There is a stoplight at 76th heading east, and cars take off speeding down the road all day heading towards the 405,” said Hattenbach, “and I never see any police watching or ticketing speeders.” “Have you checked out what the neighborhood calls the Ventura Boulevard Speedway?” asked Barrie Benton. “That would be Ventura Boulevard from Winnetka to De Soto. Three lanes in each direction bordered on each end by a school.” And in mid-city Los Angeles, says UCLA urban planning professor Mike Manville, residents are enduring the effects of unanswered pleas for street safety improvements that would protect pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. On Melrose Avenue, Manville said, “almost every weekend, we have burnouts and stunt bikers and all sorts of people driving dangerously. We should enforce speed limits, but the best speed limit is a road that doesn’t let you speed. But our city engineers and City Council members for some reason think we need to have highways running through our neighborhoods.” Damian Kevitt of the nonprofit Streets Are for Everyone said the site of last week’s Windsor Hills crash has a long history of tragic collisions. He said there have been 29 crashes since 2010, with 42 people injured or killed. “The 2.2-mile section of La Brea leading to the intersection of Slauson and La Brea is a high-speed six-lane road going through residential zones, several parks … and a public elementary school,” Kevitt said last week in a news release. Kevitt, who lost his leg in 2013 after he was struck by a minivan while riding his bike, has long been a critic of the slow pace of street safety projects, even in the years since Mayor Eric Garcetti launched Vision Zero in 2015 with a goal of eliminating vehicular deaths by 2025. There have been 176 traffic collision deaths so far this year, compared with 162 at the same point in 2021 and 122 in 2020. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2022-08-18
 
Less than a quarter of residents can afford a median-priced home in Humboldt County – Times-Standard
The number of residents who can afford a house in Humboldt County is continuing to decline. The most recent data from the California Association of Realtors shows that the median home price in Humboldt County during the second quarter of the year was $451,500, a price only 24% of residents could afford, down from 30% the prior quarter. To qualify for a median-priced home, a buyer would need to make $102,000 a year with their monthly housing costs estimated to be $2,550. “In the midst of the peak home-buying season, high home prices and rising interest rates depressed housing affordability to the lowest level in nearly 15 years, which in turn dampened home sales,” the association’s president Otto Catrina said in a statement. “However, buying opportunities remain in the coming months for those who have been waiting on the sideline as more listings become available, competition continues to cool off and rates begin to stabilize.” Prices have gone up since, reaching $480,000 in July, 10.3% higher than a month prior and 16.2% higher than a year earlier. Month-over-month and year-over-year sales have declined 7.5% and 31%, respectively. [Article]
by , Eureka Times-Standard. 2022-08-18
 
Skelton: Newsom unveils less controversial river delta plan - Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — The third attempt could be the charm for repairing California’s main waterworks, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. On paper at least, the latest plan by a governor to upgrade the delta into a more reliable state water supply seems to make much more sense than what his predecessors promoted. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s single-tunnel proposal is smaller and more respectful of the bucolic estuary’s small farms, waterfowl habitat, unique recreational boating and historic tiny communities. So, it’s potentially less controversial. But it still can legitimately be labeled a Los Angeles and corporate agriculture “water grab.” It justifiably scares little delta towns and local farmers who rely on fresh river flows to turn back salty water from San Francisco Bay. Delta folks can’t match the grabbers’ political power. But environmentalist allies have a loud voice and attorneys eager to file lawsuits that can gum up the works. There’s no pretension that the governor’s delta tunnel plan is a solution for the current drought. Even if it’s eventually built, there’ll first be several cycles of drought and flooding. And Newsom will be long gone from Sacramento. It’s possible that a second package of water projects that Newsom unveiled last week could help in the present drought, although his proposals are tailored for the hotter, drier future of climate change when there’ll be less Sierra runoff. He called for accelerating construction of water projects, including storage above and below ground, desalination of salty sea and brackish inland water, and lots more conservation and recycling. The delta is California’s main water hub, serving 27 million people and irrigating 3 million acres. But its ecology has been tanking. River waters have been diverted for agriculture before they reach the delta. And the water that does reach it has been over-pumped through fish-chomping monstrosities into southbound aqueducts. The powerful pumps also reverse river flows, confusing migrating young salmon and leaving them vulnerable to large predators. This has devastated native fish — salmon, steelhead, tiny smelt — and prompted courts occasionally to tighten the spigots on water pumped to San Joaquin Valley farms and Southland cities. Delta replumbing ideas have been fought over for six decades, back to when Gov. Pat Brown realized that his heralded State Water Project was not sustainable for fish. It also could be swamped by the collapse of fragile levees during floods or earthquakes. There have been three major iterations of delta fixes. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2022-08-18
 
COVID-19 hit California transit, air industry hard, study shows - Los Angeles Times
COVID-19 hit public transit employees disproportionately harder than other workers, according to a new study by California health officials. The study, led by the California Department of Public Health and published Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides an overview of the toll the pandemic has taken on transportation workers, raising fresh questions about the role of public health interventions, including masks, in these settings. Employees in the public transit and air industries were far more likely to have COVID-19 outbreaks at their job sites compared with workers in general, the study found. And compared with employees in all industries, workers for bus and rail services were twice as likely to die from COVID-19. “Workers in public transportation industries are at higher risk for COVID-19 workplace outbreaks and mortality than the general worker population in California and should be prioritized for COVID-19 prevention strategies, including vaccination and enhanced workplace protection measures,” the report said. Though she hadn’t read the study herself as of Thursday afternoon, L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said there’s been “other evidence that’s accumulated over the course of the pandemic that indicated that transit workers were experiencing higher case rates and higher illness severity” — likely due to unavoidable on-the-job exposures and less-than-robust ventilation in some work settings. The study identified 340 confirmed outbreaks of COVID-19 in California public transportation industries over a 29-month period, from the start of the pandemic through May. Scientists identified 5,641 coronavirus cases associated with those outbreaks and 537 COVID-19 deaths. During that time frame, there were 24.7 COVID-19 outbreaks for every 1,000 workplaces in all California industries combined, the study found. But the rates specific to public transit sites were much worse. There were 87.7 outbreaks for every 1,000 workplaces in air transportation over the same time period, and a whopping 129.1 outbreaks for every 1,000 workplaces in the bus service and urban transit industry. In other words, COVID-19 outbreaks were 3½ times as likely in the air transportation industry and five times as likely on bus service and urban transit workplaces compared with California industries overall, according to the study’s findings. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2022-08-18
 
1 million square feet of L.A. roads are being covered with solar-refle
It’s no secret by now that cities run hotter than the countryside: Fewer trees mean less shade, and concentrated human activity generates heat, which hard surfaces like pavement and parking lots absorb. [Article]
by , . 2022-08-18
 
Judge revives Obama-era ban on coal sales from US lands | AP News
A federal judge on Friday reinstated a moratorium on coal leasing from federal lands that was imposed under former President Barack Obama and then scuttled under former President Donald Trump, in an order that marked a major setback to the already struggling coal industry. [Article]
by , . 2022-08-18
 
Wastewater testing could help identify monkeypox spread - Los Angeles Times
As wastewater testing continues to prove useful in estimating the spread of the coronavirus, scientists again are using sewage to track the latest public health emergency: monkeypox. In late June — about a month after the first California case was confirmed — monkeypox DNA was detected in wastewater in San Francisco, according to the WastewaterSCAN coalition, a group of scientists who have been testing sewage for the coronavirus since 2020. The group recently confirmed the presence of the monkeypox virus in Los Angeles County waste. “It helps understand how widespread this is,” said Stanford civil and environmental engineering professor Alexandria Boehm, one of the lead researchers on the WastewaterSCAN team. She said coronavirus sewage testing has been particularly useful during “the onset phase,” or soon after a new variant has been identified, but it’s unclear its extent. Public health officials can use the information to theorize how great the spread could become, and where. “We’re sort of in that [phase] for monkeypox now,” Boehm said. Monkeypox DNA was first detected in Los Angeles County wastewater July 31, about 20 days after the WastewaterSCAN group expanded its monkeypox testing beyond the Bay Area to almost 40 other facilities nationwide — including in L.A. — according to data from the group. Samples from L.A.'s Joint Water Pollution Plant in Carson, which serves about 4 million residents and businesses, showed a small presence of the monkeypox virus July 31 and for three days during the first week in August, according to WastewaterSCAN data. The virus has not since been detected there, despite rising monkeypox cases in Los Angeles County. By comparison, monkeypox DNA has been detected almost every day since June 27 at two wastewater facilities in San Francisco — and at much higher levels than in L.A. County. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2022-08-18
 
While COVID Cases Drop In LA, More Than 1,000 People Test Positive For Monkeypox | LAist
More than 1,000 people have tested positive for monkeypox in Los Angeles County since the outbreak began in May, health officials reported Thursday. [Article]
by , . 2022-08-18
 
Abcarian: L.A. wastes water. A solution? Look to the skies - Los Angeles Times
The drought is back. The headlines are grim. The governor has just unveiled a plan to cope with an estimated 10% decrease in water supply by 2040 due to the effects of global warming. In Los Angeles, residential water users are perplexed — they’ve cut back so drastically on their usage that some have a hard time imagining where else they can conserve. It’s not too often that the answer to such a vexatious question literally falls out of the sky, but if you ask environmentalist Andy Lipkis, you need only look up. The answer to our water shortage is rainwater. But we haven’t had any rain, you say? That may be true for the last little while. But since Oct. 1, according to the Department of Public Works’ rain gauge, my part of town near Ballona Creek has received 11.5 inches of rain. Downtown L.A. has received 13.5 inches. When it rains half an inch in Los Angeles, billions of gallons of water fall on the city, and most of it runs to the ocean. That is a huge waste of our most precious resource, and we need to find more and better ways to keep it. Lots of agencies and nonprofit groups are working on that, but there doesn’t seem to be enough coordination, and the world of water politics is riven by rivalries, profit motives and conflicting visions for the future. In the meantime, the rainwater keeps rushing to the sea. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2022-08-18
 
Editorial: NIMBY cities, watch out. California is cracking down on housing scofflaws - Los Angeles Times
NIMBY cities, watch out. California is cracking down on jurisdictions that make it too hard to build much-needed housing, and the Newsom administration’s latest target is San Francisco — the liberal city that may be the NIMBYist of them all. Last week the state’s Housing and Community Development Department announced its first-ever “housing policy and practice review” to analyze why it’s so hard to build homes in San Francisco. The city has the longest timeline in the state for approving housing projects. From application to permit, it takes an average of 974 days for a development to get approved, according to self-reported data from the city. That cumbersome process is one reason why San Francisco has among the highest construction and housing costs, and why state housing regulators have received more complaints about the city than any other jurisdiction in the state. The review will examine why San Francisco’s approval process takes so long, which projects get approved or denied and why, and what barriers are preventing the development of low- and moderate-income housing. The analysis will be conducted by the new Housing Accountability Unit, which Newsom created last year to put teeth behind state laws aimed at boosting housing production, protecting rent-controlled units and reducing racial segregation. If the review finds that San Francisco is breaking state law, details about the violations will be sent to the state attorney general’s Housing Strike Force. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2022-08-18
 
San Gabriel Valley's newest park on site of former landfill - Los Angeles Times
Standing atop Nike Hill, Victor Moreno brushed sweat from his brow and dust from his eyes. The three-mile run on a sun-drenched afternoon had been a challenge, but the payoff was worth it: From the 1,160-foot-high spot in the Puente Hills, he was treated to a glorious 360-degree vista. Los Angeles’ skyscrapers jutting into the sky to the west, the grandeur of the San Gabriel Mountains to the north. To the east was the seemingly endless Inland Empire, with Orange County’s suburbs spread to the south. But what really mattered to Moreno, 32, was the chance to introduce his 12-year-old daughter, Janae — who was on her first climb — to some things many city dwellers never see: darting lizards, hopping rabbits and diving birds of prey. For years the partially paved trail has been a refuge for Moreno, a place to unwind and, more recently, unmask. The Hacienda Heights resident said he’s looking forward to his daughter making memories there. Much of the natural space surrounding the trail for decades was part of the nation’s largest trash heap — the Puente Hills Landfill, which held one-third of Los Angeles County’s garbage. Now it is set to become the first regional park the county has created in 30 years. “It’s hard to find this view anywhere in Los Angeles,” Moreno said. “We’re lucky to have this and to pass this on to the next generation.” The L.A. County Board of Supervisors recently approved $28.25 million to begin work on planning and construction of the Puente Hills Regional Park, carved from 142 acres of the former 1,356-acre landfill. “It has been six years since the Puente Hills Landfill Park Master Plan was completed, and nine years since the landfill closed. Our communities have waited far too long for this park,” Supervisor Hilda Solis, who grew up in La Puente and represents the area where the park will be located, said after the funding motion passed. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2022-08-18
 
California could lend PG&E $1.4 billion to save Diablo Canyon - Los Angeles Times
A last-minute proposal from Gov. Gavin Newsom could keep the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant open through 2035, a decade beyond its current closure date — in part by giving owner Pacific Gas & Electric Co. a $1.4-billion forgivable loan. The proposal is part of draft legislative language distributed to state lawmakers late Thursday night. The bill, which has yet to be introduced in the Legislature, would also exempt the Diablo Canyon extension from the California Environmental Quality Act and several other environmental rules that nuclear opponents might otherwise use to challenge the extension. Diablo Canyon is California’s single largest power source. Officials are worried that without it, the state could have trouble keeping the lights on — and air conditioners running — during intense summer heat waves. Newsom has also suggested that keeping the plant open would help fight climate change because Diablo doesn’t produce planet-warming pollution. “Some would say it’s the righteous and right climate decision,” Newsom told The Times earlier this year. The 2,250-megawatt power plant — which generated 6% of the state’s electricity in 2021 — is nestled along the Central Coast south of Morro Bay. Its fate has been a subject of controversy for decades, with then-Gov. Jerry Brown railing against the facility’s construction in the late 1970s amid a wave of anti-nuclear activism spurred by the Three Mile Island partial meltdown. It’s been six years since PG&E struck a deal to close Diablo by 2025, succumbing to public concerns that the plant — which sits near several seismic fault lines — could spread deadly radiation during an earthquake. The U.S. also has no long-term storage repository for spent fuel, meaning radioactive waste is piling up at nuclear plants across the country, including Diablo. But since PG&E agreed to exit the atomic energy business, the growing urgency of the climate crisis — which has led to worsening wildfires, heat waves, storms and droughts — has led some environmentalists to reconsider nuclear-plant closures. It’s an especially pressing question in California, which has had trouble supplying enough power to keep the lights on during hot summer evenings after the sun goes down, when solar panels stop generating. Parts of the state suffered brief rolling blackouts over two nights in August 2020. There have been several close calls since then. [Article]
by , Los Angeles Times. 2022-08-18
 
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