Letters to the Editor

Thank the ‘no nukes’ crowd for unemployment after Diablo nuclear plant closes

The Diablo Canyon Power Plant sits above Avila Beach. It was recently announced that the plant will close when its lease expires.
The Diablo Canyon Power Plant sits above Avila Beach. It was recently announced that the plant will close when its lease expires. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

The reaction to PG&E’s announced closure of the Diablo Canyon is almost comical.

For years, many people and numerous groups screamed for Diablo to close. Now that the closure has been announced, the community is screaming about the loss of money to San Luis Obispo County. People want PG&E to do more (send us more money) following the closure.

Wake up, folks! Companies provide products and services to make money. Target, Sports Authority and Baskin Robins are in business to provide items people want. But if there isn’t a profit to be made, companies develop new offerings or go out of business.

PG&E likely looked at the draconian hurdles California and the federal government placed in their way and realized the cost of upgrading Diablo Canyon to meet ever-changing safety requirements didn’t make sense from a business standpoint.

The 1,500 jobs lost are the tragic result of the “no nukes in my neighborhood” crowd getting what they want.

The end result will likely be more costly electricity, birds killed by wind turbines and petroleum power plants replacing clean nuclear energy.

Rejoice, SLO County, as your neighbors head for the unemployment lines. Replacing 1,500 jobs that averaged about $100,000 annually will not be easy.

Jim Vint, Santa Maria

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