The needle moved today in the effort to change the general perception of nuclear power. Even in California – a place that I have often called “the land of the fruits and nuts” – there are plenty of people that “get it”. They understand that clean, safe, abundant nuclear energy beats the alternatives hands down.
When the San Francisco Chronicle can produce an above the fold, front page story titled Nuclear power revisited in state you know that people will no longer be chuckling behind your back when you tell them that your lifelong goal is to sell small, backyard atomic engines that can supply electricity and heat to a local area grid.
Here is one of the more interesting sections of the article:
DeVore’s bill also has received the attention of at least one official who says he is interested in bringing such a facility to his town.
“The entire Southern California area is really in a precarious position in terms of energy consumption and energy needs,” said Terry Caldwell, mayor of Victorville in San Bernardino County. “And it’s only going to get worse before it gets better.”
Victorville, which has about 100,000 residents, is already getting into the energy business. The city is in the permitting process to build a new electricity generating plant that will use both natural gas and solar power.
“We’ve not actually gone out and proposed building a nuclear plant,” he said. “But my mind is open to it. We should see what the opportunities are and what the downsides are.”
Thanks, Dave, for the exiting email with the link!