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Our energy future doesn't include nuclear


The decision to close Diablo Canyon Power Plant was made by plant owner Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for economic reasons, and replacement energy will come from greenhouse-gas-free sources.

These facts are contrary to statements made by Ms. Ripley in her letter to New Times titled "Nuclear is the way to go" (April 18).

In a press release titled "Bridging to California's energy future," PG&E describes a reduced need for electricity in California: "State policies that focus on renewables and energy efficiency, coupled with projected lower customer electricity demand in the future, will result in a significant reduction in the need for the electricity produced by Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP) past 2025."

In that same press release, PG&E makes it clear that future energy sources will not include fossil fuels: "The parties jointly proposed that DCPP be replaced with a cost-effective, greenhouse-gas-free portfolio of energy efficiency, renewables, and other clean energy resources."

The closure of Diablo Canyon will benefit both PG&E's ratepayers and the environment.

Jane Swanson

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace

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