At the NRC’s August 5 public meeting on relicensing Diablo Canyon, a group of aging classic rock stars relied on their fading celebrity status to provide commentary and get their names into the press.
David Crosby showed up in person, while Graham Nash, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt sent in written comments. Their plan worked, in the article about the meeting published by the San Luis Obispo Tribune, musicians received both headlines and early article mentions.
Aside: Acknowledgement: Their plan continues to work here. End Aside.
The good news is that Califonians for Green Nuclear Power, a group with members who have considerably more credentials, professional experience and credibility on scientific or technical matters, attracted attention and received favorable commentary. So did other commenters who support the plant’s continued operation.
However, the testimony was about evenly split between pro- and anti-nuclear power advocates. More than a dozen members of a group called Californians for Green Nuclear Power — all wearing bright green T-shirts — attended the meeting to show their support for the continued operation of the plant.
They cited the value of Diablo Canyon as a reliable producer of electrical power for some 3 million of the state’s residents without contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and global climate change.
Rick Owen of Pacifica called the plant an amazing technological wonder.
“It’s an amazing technology we should all learn more about, and you will learn it is the solution to our energy problems today,” he said.
San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Lynn Compton agreed. “Nuclear energy produces more clean energy than any other source,” she said.
As they say in the Navy, Bravo Zulu to all of the people who took time from their day to attend the meeting and participate in an important public decision process.
The old saw applies, a major component of success is showing up.