Letters to the Editor

Without Diablo Canyon, carbon emissions will increase

Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in 2002.
Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in 2002. ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

Wake up residents of San Luis Obispo County and Central Coast. Wake up and smell the fresh air.

If Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant ceases operation, 2,250 megawatts of base load and 24/7 electrical power will be replaced by fossil fuel, which would put 6 to 7 million tons of greenhouse gases yearly into the Earth’s atmosphere to worsen global warming.

This conflicts with our state legislative goals to reduce carbon emissions.

Worse, switching to burning fossil fuel sends waste products into the air we breathe, which can cause lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema and other deadly diseases according to the World Health Organization.

What others call renewable energy sources are too small to make up for the loss of Diablo Canyon, which has been producing clean, zero-emission electrical power for 3 million homes and small businesses, night and day for more than 30 years with an impeccable safety record.

Do your homework. Learn about safe, clean nuclear power for yourself. To be informed citizens, we need to educate ourselves and not just listen to anti-nuclear rhetoric.

Be sure to tell all your elected representatives what you want. They want to know.

Ellie Ripley, Arroyo Grande