Nearly six in 10 Californians oppose building more nuclear power plants in the state, according to a survey by Field Institute. The consultant noted that opposition to nuclear power generation in California is clearly increasing: 58 percent of Californians oppose more nuclear power generation, compared with 44 percent in 2010 and 36 percent in 2001.
Field executive director Mark DiCamillo noted that accidents at nuclear power plants in the world, as the Fukushima nuclear power seem to impact on the minds of Californians about the generation of such energy.
In 1976, Field said that 69 percent of Californians agreed to increase nuclear power generation, but three years later the country suffered its first failure at a nuclear plant in Pennsylvania, and in 1981 the rejection of such energy stood at 55 percent.
After the crash in Pennsylvania, the California Legislature ordered the only two nuclear power plants throughout the western U.S. at Diablo Canyon and San Onofre, operating at 20 percent capacity.
After the accident at the nuclear plant in Fukushima Dai Ichi in March, 56 percent of Californians believed that the two nuclear power plants in California are safe, but 48 percent said it should conclude its operations within the next decade.
California passed a law this year requires that by 2020 the state should consume one third of electricity generated using wind sources, solar and geothermal, without producing any pollution or significant risk to its residents.