Governor Jerry Brown and CARB set California on an austerity course to halve its petroleum consumption in 15 years. The lie accompanying the proposed law is this: “we can meet this target, strengthen and grow our economy.”
The legislation, known as Senate Bill 350 in California’s Assembly, seeks support for 50 percent cuts in petroleum use, 50 percent of electricity generated by renewables, and 50 percent increased energy efficiency in buildings. Those are starter goals for 15 years out. Goals for 2050 are downright draconian.
This would not be the first time that a bill set goals that cannot be met, never mind nobody aware of its disastrous effects short term, long term, or anywhere in between. Growing the economy? The bill postulates a pipe dream for the state.
The business community, having given those goals some thought, predicted that California drivers at the very least would experience gas rationing. According to SacBee, Nancy McFadden, a Jerry Brown aide, dismissed the claim as “ridiculous,” perhaps on omniscience about knowing something we don’t.
While California’s business community is based in reality, its bureaucrats reside in some kind of eco-Utopia driven by Californians with money. Legislators propose measures that stress the population with expensive but unnecessary carbon regulations that deliver the consequence of ridding the state of the riffraff. Soon, no one but the wealthy will be able to afford living in California.
Questions high on the minds of Californians bearing the burdens of achieving said goals arise from eco-requirements under which they are already burdened. SacBee further opines on worrisome public sentiment.
Fact: Conventional cars will be replaced with electrics.
Question: Who will pay for millions of such electric vehicles?
Fact: Californians already pay the nation’s highest prices for gasoline.
Question: Won’t cuts in petroleum-based fuels raise gasoline prices even more?
Fact: Californians already pay the nation’s highest prices for electric power.
Question: Won’t cuts in petroleum-based fuels raise electric rates even more?
Fact: California has some of the highest state unemployment rates and the most people on welfare. California’s poor constitute 25 percent of the population.
Question: Won’t these cuts affect poor people the most?
Answers to the questions are obvious although covered with platitudes and eco-propaganda served up by Jerry Brown and CARB. Saving the environment with carbon reductions actually do nothing of the sort while subjecting California’s already taxed-out, over-regulated, bureaucratically bullied population to additional economic stress.
California’s carbon-cutting statists don’t seem to care. Somebody’s got to keep the state solvent.