Billionaire Elon Musk feels that nuclear power plants should be kept open unless they are susceptible to extreme natural disasters. The statement from the world’s richest man adds strength to the growing voices against the proposed plan to shut down the last nuclear power plant in California.
“Unless susceptible to extreme natural disasters, nuclear power plants should not be shut down,” the Tesla and SpaceX chief tweeted.
The Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant generates about 8 per cent of California's in-state electricity and 15 per cent of its carbon-free power. The plant’s operator, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), had in 2016, decided to allow the licenses for two reactors at Diablo Canyon to expire in 2024 and 2025, which would close the last nuclear power plant in the most populous state in the United States.
Unless susceptible to extreme natural disasters, nuclear power plants should not be shut down
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 8, 2021