Gavin Newsom Keeps California’s Last Nuclear Plant Open Despite Environmentalist Anger

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a bill loaning $1.4 billion to keep the state’s last nuclear energy plant open in spite of objections from hypocritical environmentalists.

The Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in San Luis Obispo, which produced approximately 5% of California’s electricity in 2021, has been the subject of controversial protests from environmentalists — despite the fact that nuclear energy is the most viable form of green energy on the market.

Environmentalist groups, such as Friends of the Earth, are condemning Newsom’s decision to preserve the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant as “reckless beyond belief” — citing the earthquake fault that was discovered near the plant around three years after it began construction.

Some environmentalists have actually come around to supporting nuclear energy following conservatives consistently pointing to the obvious hypocrisy of advocating for so-called “green energy” while falsely condemning nuclear.

Due to the energy crisis California has been facing, Newsom was forced to disregard the will of the protesters — many of whom are members of his own party — to delay the state’s plans to shutter the nuclear plant.

“Climate change is causing unprecedented stress on CA’s energy system and I appreciate the Legislature’s action to maintain energy reliability as the State accelerates the transition to clean energy,” the governor said after signing the bill on Friday.

The legislation allocates funding to keep the plant running through at least 2030 — despite the fact that it was originally scheduled to be shut down in 2025 as part of California’s green energy initiatives.

The Democrat-controlled California legislature voted overwhelmingly on Monday to pass the bill.

Meanwhile, the state has also announced a ban on the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035, saying that California will be transitioning to 100% electric car sales. This announcement triggered mockery across social media following the news that the state had been telling citizens to forgo using electricity — especially to charge electric vehicles — due to energy shortages and potential rolling blackouts.