The only thing worse than not getting what you want is getting what you want.
A radicalized Democrat faction abandoned the last remnants of the working class for Elizabeth Warren voters. It embraced extreme environmentalism, went to war against cars, coal and basic energy, sending prices skyrocketing. Combined with the Ukraine war, things got bad.
And solar and wind obviously couldn’t deliver.
While the Biden administration largely remains married to green energy special interests, aside from the Inflation Increase Act deals it carved out with Manchin and Bill Gates’ lobbyists, state Dems are moving to keep existing nuclear plants running.
Last week, Camden, N.J.-based Holtec International announced that it plans to reopen the Palisades nuclear plant in Michigan, which was prematurely shuttered on May 20. Holtec wants to use some of the $6 billion appropriated in last year’s infrastructure bill to support the continued operation of existing nuclear reactors. The company’s move was endorsed by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who released a statement saying that she had sent a letter to the Department of Energy to support Holtec’s application for “a federal grant under the Civil Nuclear Credit Program” to save Palisades and thus protect “600 high-paying jobs at the plant and 1,100 additional jobs throughout the community.”
The pending return of Palisades is the second big win for the U.S. nuclear sector in as many weeks. On Sept. 1, the California legislature voted to provide funds to assure the continued operation of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. That plant provides nearly 10 percent of the juice in California and it is coming in particularly handy during the vicious heat wave that’s been baking the Golden State.
The move to save Diablo Canyon follows last September’s vote by the Illinois legislature to appropriate some $700 million to subsidize the continued operation of the Byron and Dresden nuclear plants in that state. Thus, over the past 12 months, four nuclear plants that were slated for permanent closure have been rescued from the wrecking ball.
Whitmer is worried about an election, but Newsom isn’t. Still with enough blackouts, even long-suffering California lefties might start reexamining their politics. Misery is one thing, total breakdown is another and the energy grid is stretched pretty thin in many places.
The current phase of environmentalist dogma has embraced the fictitious idea of carbon emissions. That leaves nuclear plants much more in the clear than wind turbines. But environmentalism was never about science, it was about neo-romanticist opposition to the industrial revolution. And nuclear plants, the atomic image, triggered massive amounts of instinctive revulsion precisely because of the incredible promise of cheap energy.
After spending generations blocking that promise at every turn, the greens led their party into a stalemate with a choice between civilizational shutdown and nuclear energy.
Their dogma may have paved the way for a larger defeat.