California’s tech industry has long faced criticism for emphasizing vapid innovations that ultimately bring harm to society. In 2011, data scientist Jeff Hammerbacher observed, “The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads.” The ethos of this criticism can be applied to other California-centric industries, including the film industry, the music industry, and the weed industry. Even the energy industry in California has become increasingly vapid. The brightest minds in the energy sector — including Elon Musk — are focusing on wind and solar technology while gleefully abandoning nuclear energy, which is arguably the substantive answer to California’s energy problems.
California was an early proponent of nuclear energy, opening