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Nuclear energy is the future



Railing against Phillips 66’s rail spur suggests abundant energy from other sources; this is not the case. Terrible as fossil fuel is, modern society has no choice, at this time, but to continue its use. Those believing wind energy and solar are substitutes for fossil fuel live in denial because of the intermittent nature of wind and sun: Until batteries can store enough power to light the night we will need fossil fuel.

Environmental groups should face the new energy reality of modern life—nobody is giving up their cell phone—we will need ever increasing amounts of energy; conservation is not enough.

Tree huggers have saved the planet from the shortsighted and gullible. Now is the time for environmental groups to realize their own shortsightedness and endorse new age nuclear energy. It is not the same technology as our old wasteful Diablo Canyon design. A modern reactor uses more of the fuel and produces less waste.

This planet cannot wait for the panacea of a new battery that will store enough energy to get us through the night. Solar farms must be three times the size to produce enough energy to charge those batteries, if we get them.

CO2-free nuclear power could be installed for fractions of the price if the public allowed it. The technology exists today and will improve each year, just like our computers. And remember: Nobody has ever died from nuclear power generation (in the U.S.), unlike those who have perished from fossil fuel.

-- David Deick - Atascadero

-- David Deick - Atascadero

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