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Support drops sharply among Californians for more nuclear plants via Central Valley Business Times

July 27, 2011 9:00pm

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In the wake of the Japanese nuclear crisis, support for building more nuclear power plants in California has dropped sharply, according to a new statewide survey released Wednesday night by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California. 

Today, 65 percent of adults oppose building more plants and 30 percent are in favor — the lowest level of support since PPIC began asking the question and a 14-point drop since last July (44 percent in favor).


Californians are more divided on another key question of energy policy: whether to allow more oil drilling off the California coast. With gas prices high — but not as high as the peak in summer 2008 — 46 percent favor more drilling and 49 percent are opposed.

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