Over 2,000 MW of base-load electrical generation capacity was permanently lost in Southern California last week. Activists succeeded in forcing Southern California Edison to close down the *zero* greenhouse gas emission SONGS plant just south of San Clemente. In addition to costing 1,100 jobs and incurring an almost $3 billion dollar decommissioning cost, Southern California’s summer electrical supply is now at risk and new fossil fuel based generation will need to be activated quickly in order to keep air conditioners running. While I had my own concerns about living 20 miles from the generation site should a disaster happen, the monologue (not dialogue or debate) I heard surrounding the reactivation of the site was not centered on science, environmental fitness or safety planning, but unfortunately half truths and hysterics that suggested another Fukishima disaster was inevitable.
I would have preferred deliberate plan over the reactionary one. I believe this is what happens when fear and NIMBY concerns take precedence over honest assessment and debate.