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California, Long Leery of Nuclear Power, Joins Bid to Save It

Golden State wants to extend the life of its last reactors to help fight climate change.

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California May Extend Life of Nuclear Power Plant

The push to make nuclear power a key tool to fight climate change is getting a boost from one of the most unlikely places on Earth: California.

The state, birthplace of the US anti-nuclear movement, is reconsidering plans to close its only remaining set of reactors as California struggles to run its power grid with fewer fossil-fuel plants. It’s a stunning reversal, coming after a decades-long drive to shutter PG&E Corp.’s Diablo Canyon nuclear plant over fears it’s one earthquake away from catastrophe.