To oppose the use of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant’s desalinated water is just plain wrongheaded.
It’s here and now, and our needs are here and now. Worried about spending money for this resource in the face of a super-strong El Niño? The rain hasn’t arrived yet, and it’s certainly not guaranteed.
What is guaranteed is another drought, and maybe just a continuation of the current one. We need water to live here, people — and it’s in our backyard. This is for now and future generations. We must secure water supplies in any practical and environmentally safe way. Given what we know today, we have another arrow in our quiver, and its generation is a byproduct of the business Diablo Canyon is doing every day.
What do you think is more important to our long-term standard of living here on the Central Coast? Things like a bullet train — an expensive and controversial proposal that is years and years away (with a huge public cost), to say the least — or potable water that benefits our collective prospects in 12 months?