Despite the outcry from environmentalists in the deep blue state of California, Leftist Gov. Gavin Nesom (D) has signed a bill that will keep the last nuclear energy plant in the state open.
Environmentalist groups, such as Friends of the Earth, are condemning Newsom’s decision to preserve the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant as “reckless beyond belief” — citing the earthquake fault that was discovered near the plant around three years after it began construction.
Due to the energy crisis California has been facing, Newsom was forced to disregard the will of the protesters — many of whom are members of his own party — to delay the state’s plans to shutter the nuclear plant.
“Climate change is causing unprecedented stress on CA’s energy system and I appreciate the Legislature’s action to maintain energy reliability as the State accelerates the transition to clean energy,” the governor said after signing the bill on Friday.
The Democrat-controlled California legislature voted overwhelmingly on Monday to pass the bill.
WATCH ➡️ The state of California is advising its residents to forego charging their electric vehicles in the wake of summer energy shortages.
— Straight Arrow News (@StraightArrow__) September 1, 2022
Meanwhile, the state has also announced a ban on the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035, saying that California will be transitioning to 100% electric car sales. This announcement triggered mockery across social media following the news that the state had been telling citizens to forgo using electricity — especially to charge electric vehicles — due to energy shortages and potential rolling blackouts.
#BREAKING CA Assembly votes to keep the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant online until at least 2030.
It’s an overwhelming & bipartisan 67-3 vote.
— Elex Michaelson (@Elex_Michaelson) September 1, 2022