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States do energy better than the feds
James Hoare 12/1/07 “Idaho Governor Lobbying Hard for Nuclear Power” Published in The Environment &
Climate News
by The Heartland Institute o.z.

Noting the differences between the states and their comparative ability to produce power from
alternative sources,
"Part of the problem is that federal solutions tend to be one-size-fits-all," Otter
noted at an October 1 sustainable development symposium at the University of Idaho. "That's
something the states seem to do better than the federal government."

California proves states could increase nuclear power.
Thomas Tantonan adjunct scholar at the Institute for Energy Research and was a Principal Policy Advisor with
the California Energy Commission (CEC.) 3/26/2008. Sacramento Union Op-Ed. Nuclear Renaissance? AP.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger believes that nuclear power has “a great future” and that it is time to
“relook at that issue again
rather than just looking the other way and living in denial.” The governor made
these comments March 14 in Santa Barbara, at the “ECO:nomics” conference sponsored by the Wall Street
Journal. His views are making waves in environmental and energy circles. Gov. Schwarzenegger told the
Wall Street Journal that it is time for the Golden State to reconsider nuclear power if it ever wants to
meet energy demands for the future
. He decried “environmental scare tactics that frighten everyone that
we’re going to have another blowup and all of those things.” He did not seem to notice that his favorite
legislation, AB 32 (the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006), is predicated on exactly those
types of scare tactics. Nevertheless, it is refreshing that he remains open minded about nuclear power—
and he is not alone
. Last summer, Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, R-Irvine, tried to qualify a ballot
initiative and more recently pushed bills that would again allow nuclear power in the state. DeVore has
authored two pieces of legislation, AB 1776 and AB 2788, on nuclear power this year. California currently
has two active nuclear power plants: PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant and the San Onofre
Nuclear Generating Station. Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric own both power
plants jointly. Together, they supply about 12 percent of California’s electricity. They were built before the
state placed a ban on new nuclear plants in 1976, pending release of the political hostage of spent fuel
disposal. Rather than dispose of spent fuel, however, we could follow the French. Using technology we
developed, they recycle the fuel for even more energy. California, after all, is a national leader in
Nuclear power can be slightly more expensive than coal-fired power, but the current energy
options allowed in California are far more expensive than either coal or nuclear, and coal has become subject
of an effective ban in California as well. With the cost of money now at historic lows, nuclear technology is
even more cost-competitive to other technologies, as costs are fixed year to year, like a mortgage with a fixed
rate. Solar power holds great appeal but remains the highest cost source and cannot supply enough to meet
California’s growing demand. Natural gas is also expensive, with potential continued price increases and
volatility. The wind is fickle and seldom available on hot summer days when air conditioning, comfort and
health all demand power. Nuclear power, on the other hand, has known costs not subject to future fuel
volatility, and is available rain or shine. Consider also the great irony in this debate. Had we continued to
build nuclear power plants over the past 30 years instead of depending increasingly on fossil plants and fickle
renewables, we would most likely be meeting our Kyoto Treaty limits for carbon dioxide emissions—or even
those limits in AB 32. In order to rebuild the strength of the California economy, we need to follow
DeVore’s lead and advance
meaningful electricity supply options like nuclear power. Assemblyman
DeVore has already seized on the comments by the governor as a positive sign. “I’m delighted to see
Gov. Schwar-zenegger now out front on this vital issue. California cannot meet its global greenhouse gas
reduction targets nor meet its growing need for clean [and economic] energy without modern nuclear
wrote DeVore on his blog, www.chuckdevore.com/blog. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has
received seven applications for new power plants last year and is expecting a dozen more in other states. It’s
time for California to follow their lead and recognize the promise of nuclear power for environmental
and economic reasons

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