Report: SONGS closure to cause jump in California's CO2 emissions

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station SONGS to cause jump in California CO2 emissions carbon dioxide Southern California Edison

The closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant in southern California is expected to cause an increase in carbon emissions in the state of at least 8 million metric tons per year, according to an analysis from the Breakthrough Institute, a pro-nuclear environmental group.

According to the report, SONGS had supplied about one-tenth of California’s electricity demand, which, when met with natural gas, will generate the added carbon emissions. The increase in greenhouse gas emissions is reportedly equivalent to adding roughly 1.6 million new cars on the road.

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