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SPECIAL COVERAGE: Living With Wildfires: San Diego Firestorm 10 Years Later

Comments made by thoughtful1

Two Years After San Onofre Shutdown Questions Remain

We desparately need a centralized location to store spent nuclear fuel. The US has spent $12 billion to study Yucca Mountain, only to have Senator Harry Reid and President Barak Obama pull funding of the study process and instruct Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to declare that "Yucca mountain is off the table as a nuclear waste repository." So we are left storing nuclear waste at the 103 sites where reactors have been built. (less 1 site which was able to consolidate its waste, however, you get the idea.) Not really very safe, IMHO.

February 3, 2014 at 2:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Two Years After San Onofre Shutdown Questions Remain

It is somewhat ironic, but mostly sad, that San Onofre has been shut down, when we are in a drought and we are trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Use of ocean water for cooling made the quantity of fresh water used by the plant inconsequential. Conventional combined cycle plants which will provide 2200 MW of replacement power will burn natural gas (greenhouse gas emissions) and consume millions of gallons of water for cooling. It is tragic, actually.

February 3, 2014 at 2:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

SDG&E Customers Could End Up Paying For Uninsured Wildfire Losses

I don't see evidence that insurance companies are at fault for raising rates when they have significant claims. Payouts are made based on premiums paid.

The questions to be asked are:
- If SDG&E installed steel poles in the backcountry and increased line tension, would insurance companies see lower risk and thus reduce the anticipated rates which may be needed to cover claims?
- Is it cheaper for SDG&E to self insure?
- If a person chooses to live in a distant, high risk location, should they bear extra cost for connecting to SDG&E, to cover the cost of that extra infrastructure to serve their electrical needs?

I agree it is wholely inequitable for San Diego citizens and businesses to pay the wild fire costs, and hope Mr. Wagner can successfully argue this point.

July 8, 2011 at 11:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )