Kotick, a business executive, pointed out the current administration’s rollback of regulation will help pay for the recent corporate tax cut. “We’re seeing this administration putting a garage sale sign on our most precious resources,” Kotick said.

Rouda, also a business executive, said elected officials are needed that acknowledge climate change, its threat to national security and commit to broader use of wind and solar energy. He said for every $1 of federal subsidies provided renewable energy producers, $80 is spent on exclusions that benefit fossil fuel producers. “We’ve got to change the incentives,” he said.

Asked about the prospects for disposing of nuclear waste, Rouda questioned the current canisters being used to hold spent fuel at the closed San Onofre power plant. Regardless, he said, storage should not be along the coast in an earthquake zone.

“We cannot be irresponsible; we need to come up with a cost effective solution,” added Siddiqui, suggesting a risk analysis would show Death Valley to be a preferable location for nuclear waste storage than within populous Orange County…

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