Heather Matteson 
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Re: “PG&E response: The facts on storing spent fuel

No one has ever been hurt by this type of storage. Whereas, if you burn stuff, like fossil fuels, it goes into the air for all of us to breathe.
Look up your own source Donna.

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Posted by Heather Matteson on 03/08/2018 at 8:54 PM

Re: “A pact with the devil

You should specify what you mean by "lurking danger", because thousands of people go to work there, and the injury rate is far lower than virtually every other industry.
Specify what you mean by "the world's deadliest waste" because used fuel from a commercial nuclear power plant has never hurt anyone.
Yes, accidents happen. Everywhere. In all kinds of situations. But you are bad at assessing risk (as all us humans are). You're more likely to die driving your car. You're more likely to be hurt by a lightning strike. You're also more likely to win the lottery.
Let's be honest? Does it matter where the waste sits? It's still not hurting anyone or anything, no matter where it sits.
Check your facts on the shipment canisters. Check your facts on security of the facility. And check your opinion on who really knows enough about the subject to offer a "legitimate" concern.
What to do? A little more research before you claim to understand the balancing of risk that must be part of our decision-making process if we are to provide a good quality of life to humanity while also protecting our planet.

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Posted by Heather Matteson on 02/23/2018 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Nuclear power could devastate

Nina should imagine the impact of continuing to use fossil fuels instead of non-emitting, low land footprint, energy dense, and environmentally protective nuclear energy. Oh, wait. We already see the impact of this. 8 million people die each year from air pollution-related illnesses. And ZERO die from nuclear. The answer is obvious and the longer we wait, the more people will die. Shut down fossil, not nuclear.

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Posted by Heather Matteson on 01/12/2018 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Ready for 100 percent renewable energy

It's for illustration - you're correct of course that we won't use only solar to replace Diablo canyon. In fact, our state already has TOO MUCH solar. We have to pay AZ to take it in the spring. And we have to back down all other dispatchable resources to make room, which actually causes more pollution (gas plants are less efficient when ramping up and down the whole time). And the real trouble starts when we start getting rid of non-emitting sources (like Diablo and many other hydro plants) to "make room" for more renewables. Do you see the trouble? With Diablo gone, and no solar at night, that means the difference actually HAS TO be made up with gas. And emissions actually go up.
Remember- the goal is REDUCE EMISSIONS! Not "go renewable".

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Posted by Heather Matteson on 09/05/2017 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Mathematical conundrum

I am not a nuclear advocate just for fun. As Mark mentioned above, environmentalists for nuclear are quite outnumbered.

I grew up with very little resources in a little mining town in Arizona. We conserved water (our well didn't produce much). We didn't have air conditioning (did I mention we were in Arizona?). My dad personally built and maintained our composting toilet. We used propane for cooking. This is not a comfortable or easy life, despite the fact that I had more than the almost 2 billion people on this planet who have no electricity at all.

If we are going to raise standards of living for humanity, we must collectively use MORE energy, not less. Guess what? I DOUBLED my electric bill a few months ago, and I'm proud of it. Why? I bought an electric car, and am doing my part to help electrify our transportation sector. But the range of the car barely gets me to work and back each day. So, that means I need to charge at night, when the sun isn't shining. I'm thankful for emission-free nuclear energy each time I plug in my car, each time I open the refrigerator at night, each time I turn on lights when it is dark. Nuclear energy enables me to continue the life that I want to lead in this technological and energy-intense world in which we all live.

If you advocate for "going renewable" as opposed to the more accurate goal of reducing emissions, you better ask yourself how much you're really willing to sacrifice. And recognize that a majority of humanity will NOT be willing to make those same sacrifices.

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Posted by Heather Matteson on 08/28/2017 at 10:44 AM

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