Opposition to nukes in California grows
July 28, 2011
A new public opinion poll indicates that support for nuclear energy has dropped sharply in California. [SacBee]
The poll by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) reveals that nuclear energy, which had been enjoying an upswing in public support, is now viewed with concern since last spring’s disaster in Japan.
Nearly two-thirds of Californians now oppose building more nuclear plants in the state—the lowest level of support ever found ini a PPIC poll. The findings are consistent with a similar PPIC conducted last month.
Californians are evenly divided, however, on whether the state should allow more offshore oil production.
“With spikes in gas prices at home and nuclear power failures in Japan, Californians are strongly supportive of policies that encourage more fuel efficiency and renewable energy,” said Mark Baldassare, PPIC president.