Nuclear needs to be in Southern California's energy mix even with the shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear plant if the region wants a bright energy future, writes Linden Blue, vice chairman of General Atomics and a trustee of Hudson Institute. Nuclear is an emissions-free technology that operates around the clock and doesn't require costly storage or backup power capacity, unlike wind- and solar-generated electricity. "When all factors are considered, wind and solar are inherently considerably more expensive than nuclear," Blue writes.

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