A 6 GW pressurized water (PWR) nuclear power plant is being proposed to be built

A 6 GW pressurized water (PWR) nuclear power plant is being proposed to be built on
the Pecos River in New Mexico. You are writing an opinion piece for a reputable
journal. You are not allowed to lie and you must support any argument you make with
references, but you do not have to be even-handed. Your objective is to persuade the
reader that the proposed nuclear plant should/should not (you get to choose your side)
be built. However, it is known that the power requirements of the state are going to
need that extra 6 GW in the next 5 years, due to extreme heat and drought, so
SOMETHING needs to be built.
If you are against it, you need to provide an alternate proposal that is compelling (any
single modality or mix of renewables that can add up to 6 GW). If you are for it, you
need to present its advantages over other solutions. You are not allowed to build new
fossil fuel plants so you should not even bother to discuss this. Whether you oppose or
support, the issues that you can address are cost, climate change, environmental
impact, resources in New Mexico, efficiency of power generation (including seasonal or
daily fluctuation), and the grid structure (e.g. power storage, location of resources, and
transmission/transport from the resource to the power plant and from the power plant to
the rest of the state).
Let’s assume that the proposed power plant is identical to the Vogtle power plant units
3-4, but without its historical problems
(Links to an external site.)
I am sending you to this URL for your information – do not use Wikipedia as a
reference, but use the references within the Wikipedia article if you like. Keep to the
Vogtle plant specifications, but feel free to change details like what river it is on (duh!)
and anything else consistent with the overall concept, but changed to New Mexico. You
are also free to oppose the power plant as proposed and argue for a mix which includes
nuclear power in some other form (but not fusion!). Again, you must support your