Are you seriously advocating more nuclear and less renewables? Tell me you don't live near Three Mile Island. Oh wait, that would explain a lot.
Here in sunny, progressive California, we're committed to increasing renewable energy to 1/3 of all energy sold, upped from previous target of 20%. Nuclear is currently 15% of in-state production....
Timeline of California's Renewables Portfolio Standard •2002: Senate Bill 1078 establishes the RPS program, requiring 20% of retail sales from renewable energy by 2017. •2003: Energy Action Plan I accelerated the 20% deadline to 2010. •2005: Energy Action Plan II recommends a further goal of 33% by 2020. •2006: Senate Bill 107 codified the accelerated 20% by 2010 deadline into law. •2008: Governor Schwarzenegger issues Executive Order S-14-08 requiring 33% renewables by 2020. •2009: Governor Schwarzenegger issues Executive Order S-21-09 directing the California Air Resources Board, under its AB 32 authority, to adopt regulations by July 31, 2010, consistent with the 33% renewable energy target established in Executive Order S-14-08. •2011: Senate Bill X1-2, signed by Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr., codifies 33% by 2020 RPS.
Comparing nuclear power and wind power -- yet another ridiculous apples to oranges comparison brought to my thread on Koch Industries by our resident Romney campaign schill. If you want to talk about big industry energy Goliath, probably better to pick Natural Gas. They are the ones who really create the jobs. Cleaning up after pipe blasts is a big employment opportunity, yessiree! http://www.naturalgaswatch.org/?p=844
Now let's look at numbers. Because I know you just love numbers:
% of California Power Mix (2010)
Natural Gas 41.%
Large Hydro 10.8%
Of the 13.7% Renewables, the breakdown is: Wind 4.7% Geothermal 4.6% Biomass 2.4% Small Hydro 1.7% Solar .3%
So when California ramps up from 13.7% of renewables to 33%, basic math tells us some other energy sources will have to be used LESS. Can we guess which ones those might be???
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