ClearPath Foundation has established a new niche; it is an unabashedly conservative organization that believes that clean energy is an important issue. It is … [Read More...] about Atomic Show #257 – Rich Powell, Managing Director Policy and Strategy ClearPath Foundation
Californians for Green Nuclear Power (CGNP) has assembled a persistent, dedicated and skilled team of engineers, scientists, retired public servants and interested citizens who are certain that nuclear energy is a valuable economic and environmental resource. They have invested a considerable amount of time learning the details of the technology but they have not ignored the importance of learning how to work the legal and political system.
Despite announcements by PG&E, the company that currently owns the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant, that it had achieved an agreement with antinuclear groups and the California Lands Commission to “allow” Diablo Canyon to continue operating only until the end of its initial federal licensing period, CGNP understood that the agreement included a major contingency. Before it can be made effective, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has to approve it.
The CPUC is the state agency that has a legal responsibility to represent the public interest and to ensure that electricity, among other vital utilities, is reliably delivered to state residents at a cost effective and environmentally sound manner.
Dr. Gene Nelson, a co-government liaison for CGNP, thus led an effort to file the required paperwork and provide the required justification to enable CGNP to achieve “party status” in two key CPUC proceedings that will help decide the fate of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant.
We now have a “place at the table” to argue for a fact-based approach to nuclear power in California. We will be watching for the new CPUC Proceeding regarding PG&E’s proposal to shut down DCPP in 2025 so that we may apply for Party Status for that important Proceeding. We will argue for keeping DCPP open past 2025 on many important grounds, including economical, reliable electric power in California and making actual progress on the California Legislature’s mandates to reduce emissions. It would be a great legacy for California Governor Brown to leave office in 2021 with the prospect of California taking long-term steps to reduce anthropogenic global warming.
CGNP is an independent non-profit educational organization advocating for the continued safe operation of Pacific Gas & Electric’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant since 2013. We have been recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3)
ClearPath Foundation has established a new niche; it is an unabashedly conservative organization that believes that clean energy is an important issue. It is taking aggressive action to seize the initiative. It asserts that the definition of “clean” energy should not be left in the hands of people who do not like material prosperity and prefer to emphasize limits to growth over technology developments that enable more people to live with access to abundant power.
Here is a brief philosophy summary from their home page.
At ClearPath we stand against bureaucracy, crony capitalism, and big government. We believe that time-tested conservative principles can create energy security, boost our economy, and reduce pollution. We can do this together.
ClearPath provides a more detailed listing of their six guiding principles, along with a brief explanation of each one.
Jay Faison, the founder of ClearPath, introduced his organization to the nuclear industry by participating in a Global Climate Change panel at the annual Nuclear Energy Assembly.
Earlier this week, ClearPath Action, an affiliated SuperPac launched in February 2016, issued two related memos that directly challenged the League of Conservation Voters and its limited definition of clean energy. According to the LCV, nuclear energy counts as “dirty energy”; strong support for its expansion can help a candidate land on the LCV’s Dirty Dozen list.
On Tuesday, I had a chance to chat with Rich Powell, the Managing Director for Policy and Strategy at the ClearPath Foundation. We discussed Jay Faison’s background and vision, the goals that his foundation has established, Powell’s role in helping to establish the policy and strategy to achieve those goals and the current actions that the organization and its affiliates are pursuing.
Forgive my vanity, but I think that this conversation was particularly valuable. Your opinions, as always, are welcome.
I self-identify as a classic liberal who believes in good government, public education, worker protections, equality of opportunity that includes efforts to overcome historical inequalities, environmental protection, social security programs and strong international security. I’m even a fan of socialized medicine; I believe it would be hypocritical for a guy who has had free government-provided health care since age 17 to think otherwise.
However, I’ve lived and worked productively with numerous people that are more conservative in their politics and philosophies. I don’t think that differences in approach inevitably lead to deadlock.
My sincere hope is that liberals and conservatives from both major parties in the US will see that providing clean, cheap, sustainable energy that is abundant enough to share widely with everyone is a goal that is ripe for both political cooperation and non-partisan competition to see who can do the most to enable success.
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