Stewart Brand, Long Now Foundation
Woody Epstein, B.J. Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences, UCLA
Michelle Marvier, Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University
Updated March 29, 2017
Diablo Canyon provided 22 percent of all the clean energy electricity generated in California in 2014.
Diablo Canyon produces twice as much power as all of California’s solar panels.
California’s share of gas-fired generation immediately rose from 45 percent to 61 percent after the closure of the San Onofre Generating Station (SONGS).
The closure of SONGS imposed enormous economic, environmental and health impacts, and undermined California’s climate policy commitments. So too will the closure of the Diablo Canyon.
The US Attorney and California’s District Attorney have ongoing criminal investigations into how the California Public Utilities Commission initiated and rushed through a settlement proposal that closed SONGS. That settlement resulted in the requirement that ratepayers pay $3.3 billion out of a $4.7 billion settlement.
- Climate scientists including James Hansen, along with other concerned scientists, conservationists, and environmentalists have urged Governor Jerry Brown and other California leaders to keep the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant online and consider the environmental implications if it closes.