Environmental groups that had opposed restart were quick to applaud the decision. “Shutting down San Onofre is the right thing to do,” said Michelle Kinman, with Environment California, in a prepared statement. “Shutting down this nuclear plant will best protect public safety and the environment.”
An environmental nonprofit brought hundreds of elementary school students to Los Angeles City Hall on Tuesday, May 7, in an effort to put the heat on the city officials to start getting more electricity from the sun. Environment California, the group that brought Betty Plasencia Elementary School students to City Hall, wants the city to get 20 percent of its electricity via solar generation by 2020.
Warnings about the drastic consequences of climate change have come from two directions this week — a draft version of a National Climate Assessment issued by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and “In the Path of the Storm,” a report by Environment California about the consequences of climate change already observed in the United States.
Regardless of how it's accounted for, getting more rooftop solar installed in California is a good thing, and Environment California credits the Million Solar Roofs initiative of the state's Go Solar campaign with making the 1,500 megawatt benchmark possible.