In late August, the government of California gave its residents two additional, and interrelated, reasons to consider moving elsewhere.

First, the state’s Air Resources Board announced plans to phase out all sales of gas-powered vehicles in California by 2035. A few days later, state officials instructed Californians not to lower their thermostats below 78 degrees and not to charge their electric vehicles during the peak hours of 4-9 p.m. Otherwise, they said, Californians may experience blackouts.

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Robert Hansen

The proposed use of electric vehicles will create such demand for power. Until the life of batteries is increased, the US has no ability to supply power to charge them.

Barbara Misiaszek

Nuclear may sound good but let me ask, what do you do about the problem of spent nuclear fuel? Highly radio active spent nuclear fuel! We don't reprocess spent nuclear fuel in the U.S. It's stored on site at every nuclear plant in the U.S. It has a half life of about 245,000 years if I remember correctly. What could go wrong in 245,000 years?

John Misiaszek

Peyton Cook

Go to Wikipedia and read about Breeder Nuclear Plants.

Jim Tomashoff

Breeder reactors are problematic. The recognized nuclear weapon states, U.S., Russia, China, U.K, and France keep their production of weapons grade fissile materials, highly enriched uranium and weapons grade plutonium, separate from the production of low enriched uranium for nuclear power plants. Breeder reactors produce weapons grade plutonium as a consequence of their operation as power reactors. Operating breeder reactors for power would require these states to break over 60 years of this practice. That will not go down well with the international community writ large.

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