Governor Newsom doubling down to dismantle the California economy


By Ronald Stein

Founder and Ambassador for Energy & Infrastructure of PTS Advance, headquartered in Irvine, California

Published December 16, 2019 at California Political Review

With California’s energy costs for electricity and fuels among the highest in the country, Governor Newsom just doubled down to increase inflation with actions to further reduce oil production and putting more electrical loads on a state that cannot generate enough electricity to meet its own needs. The Governor’s recent actions will further “fuel” (no pun intended) the growth of the homeless and those on poverty.

With its green dreams of an emission free state, California has not even been able to generate enough of its own electricity in-state and imported 29% of its needs in 2018. The good news is that other state had the extra power. The bad news is that imported electricity comes at higher costs and those costs are being borne by residents and businesses alike. California households are already paying 50% more, and industrial users are paying more than double the national average for electricity.

The future of electricity in California does not bode well either as the State has chosen to not challenge the closure of the States’ last nuclear zero emission generating plant at Diablo Canyon and will be shuttering three natural gas generating plants in Southern California.

With NO plans for industrial wind or solar renewable intermittent electricity projects to generate “replacement” electricity in-state for the shuttered plants there will be a need to import greater percentages from other states (if they can generate enough) to meet California’s electricity needs in the years ahead. As you may know, the public has been underwhelmed with the huge land requirements for those renewables, so future large wind and solar sites are becoming less likely. And as you guessed it, more costs to the consumers and businesses who are already infuriated with high costs.

Governor Newsom should know California is the only state in the union that currently imports most of its crude oil energy from foreign countries. The California Energy Commission (CEC) data demonstrates that this dependency on foreign sources of oil requires expenditures of $60 million dollars EVERY DAY to oil rich foreign countries to support the 5th largest economy in the world for it’s military, aviation, cruise ships, and merchant ships, just to make up for the States’ choice to continue decreasing in-state production.

The Governor seems to be oblivious to the fact that one hundred percent of the industries that use deep earth minerals/fuels to “move things and make thousands of products” to support the economies around the world, are increasing their demand and usage each year of those energy sources from deep earth minerals/fuels, not decreasing it.


The Governors latest moves to reduce production and require larger setbacks for existing production wells will further decrease production and require the State to increase its monthly imports resulting in expenditures approaching a whopping $90 million EVERY DAY for foreign countries to support our infrastructures.

California has chosen to be the only state in America that imports most of its oil needs from foreign countries and relies on the U.S. Navy to pay a steep price keeping an aircraft carrier with escorts on station to deter attacks on oil tanker traffic operating in and around the Persian Gulf.

There are scary similarities between Governor Newsom’s goals for California and Vladimir Putin’s objectives. Both support California being more and more dependent on imported foreign oil, and both support anti-fracking in California as a successful fracking enterprise would lessen the states’ dependency on that foreign oil. Does the Governor know his actions are supportive of California becoming a National Security risk to America?

The charge into green will require retraining of a huge displaced workforce used to a certain lifestyle. A minimum wage earner is not afforded the time nor the resources to enjoy leisure activities.  Their mainstay in life is to make ends meet.  Most times that requires two and three such jobs and maybe even both heads of household working two of those low wage jobs to break even financially. How does the Governor plan to feed the families of displaced workers when he shuts down their means of survival? By default, his actions will increase the welfare numbers.

Regarding the Governor’s move to require EV’s to replace state fuel driven vehicles, I have no problem having the state buy EV’s but I have a major problem with the Governor “blowing off” the transparency of the child labor atrocities and mining irregularities in the EV battery supply chain. The Governor should read the laws, starting with The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act SB657 and followed by the U.S. with H.R.4842 – Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2014.  The richest most powerful companies in the world, and now the Governor of California are still making excuses for not investigating the supply chains and continue to power manufactured EV’s with “dirty batteries”.

Like the green movement effects on the economies in Germany and Australia, the governor’s plan of moving forth at such an abrupt pace to end the states’ dependence on fossil fuels and convert to one hundred percent renewable electricity (folks, it’s not renewable energy, it’s only intermittent electricity) will break the back of the oil industry in the state and severely damage the California economy.

Ronald Stein, P.E.
Founder and Ambassador for Energy & Infrastructure
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Juan Slayton
December 17, 2019 6:18 am

Could use a source for that chart.

Len Werner
Reply to  Juan Slayton
December 17, 2019 6:30 am

Maybe try the link embedded in the text one paragraph above it, the California Energy Commission?

Gordon Dressler
Reply to  Juan Slayton
December 17, 2019 6:45 am

I agree. In looking at the chart, I really have to question the presentation that California has sharply decreased imports of oil from Alaska at the expense of increasing imports of foreign oil. I have not heard that Alaska is running out of oil. And crude oil is a fungible commodity with a price competitively set at the “world market” level, so I don’t think that foreign oil is that much cheaper that oil from Alaska.

Also, this chart seems to indicate that the tremendous increase in production and use of natural gas in the US has had only minor impact in reducing crude oil use within California and all other states that supply electrical power to California. It may be that natural gas use has only offset the INCREASES in energy consumption in the state since, say, the year 2000, but that is very hard to believe given that NG is less polluting and cheaper on a “per BTU” basis than petroleum oil.

Roger D
Reply to  Gordon Dressler
December 17, 2019 8:34 am

Alaska IS running out of oil.
Matches the decline in California imports pretty well.

Reply to  Gordon Dressler
December 17, 2019 8:49 am

Natural gas is 30% less per BTU for than fuel oil and California burns a lot of natural gas in its power plants. Most of that is imported from other states via pipeline and that won’t change. The Monterey shale deposit in California is primarily an oil play so its higher in value than the gas coming from Texas, the Dakotas and Appalachian regions.
The restriction on fracking in California for oil primarily affect the raw feed stocks for motor fuels as well as some of the best paying blue collar jobs in the state. The politicians in California are quite happy to see older, more educated people moving in while you younger working class people are forced out. They look at the averages that get skewed by Silicon Valley and the entertainment industry and feel they are doing great. In the long run, they keep making Pied Piper policies that will force out most hourly work unless its service work for the high paying industries. They are becoming a banana republic and its by design.

Reply to  Sean
December 18, 2019 6:49 am

Young or old we are all being forced out …and I can’t wait to leave this state for it’s bad politics…Gov Newsom is bad for the economy and the state and wish he’d be kicked out!!!!

Lando Griffin
Reply to  Gordon Dressler
December 17, 2019 9:18 am

Here’s a chart from the EIAcomment image that shows the decline over time of Alaskan crude production. It pretty much follows the chart referenced in the article—namely that as Alaskan production has tailed off, foreign imports have picked up the slack.
The use of fuel oil for power generation was phased out in California by 1990—prior to that, power plants such as Chula Vista and Moss Bay burned oil or natural gas based on economics. Natural gas is not necessarily cheaper Than petroleum “per BTU” as you comment. Often, the heavy fuel oil burned in these plants contains relatively high BTUs per gallon when compared with natty gas. Add in the fact that these single cycle stations are more efficient running oil and it’s not even close. Not saying they should go back to burning oil—just that gas doesn’t always win from an efficiency standpoint.

Reply to  Gordon Dressler
December 17, 2019 10:59 am

The fracc’ed natural gas is produced far away from California. There is not enough pipelines and the Jones Act prevents shipping LNG between US ports.

Reply to  Juan Slayton
December 17, 2019 7:27 am

Not terribly well-written piece.

December 17, 2019 6:21 am

Will any other states learn from this mess? Colorado’s governor is intent on following the same path.

Reply to  Scissor
December 17, 2019 7:41 am

Wonder how Colorado is going to get the imported oil? At least CA has ocean ports.

Reply to  Spetzer86
December 17, 2019 10:44 am

Well from Alberta if course. Oh, wait. The maroons in Ottawa and the Obama relics blocked that.

Reply to  Scissor
December 17, 2019 10:14 am

Perhaps one should just follow the “green” for insight: Both states are also leaders in the “recreational” marijuana industry…

Lord Myrt
Reply to  Scissor
December 17, 2019 6:25 pm

and I’m leaving CA for CO next year! Maybe it’s time to consider Utah.

John Galt
December 17, 2019 6:29 am

Oh Sweet Saint of San Andreas, hear my prayer.

Reply to  John Galt
December 17, 2019 6:36 am

Thanks, John. Made me chuckle. Sure glad I moved from California, then again that was decades ago.


Reply to  John Galt
December 18, 2019 5:45 am

California is guaranteed to get the “big one” some day…so I’m sure they’ve started a fund to help recovery when that 7.6 to 8.0 earthquake hits.

Nope…Californians will look to Uncle Sugar to bail them out of that certain disaster. And they are more worried about Climate Change?

Actually California SHOULD FEAR climate NORMALCY…over the last 5000 years, 100 to 200 year long droughts ARE NORMAL for California. The last 150 years appears to have been one of the wettest periods ever.

bruce ryan
December 17, 2019 6:30 am

I can’t argue against your point about child labor in mineral mining, Just add to the idea… China… organ harvesting, internment camps with government-appointed husbands for families of jailed. Sort of a Gestapo
right in our face.

December 17, 2019 6:36 am

This is good. They should steamroll forward as fast as possible and do as much damage as possible. That’s the only way the liberal coastal dwellers will learn the necessary lessons.

Reply to  commieBob
December 17, 2019 6:49 am

I’m with you. Let the stupidity hit the fan and be flung in their faces for all to see, before some bedwetter decides to do the same thing here.

Reply to  commieBob
December 17, 2019 7:38 am

You obviously haven’t read much Ayn Rand. They never learn. They will always blame those trying to fix the problem. It never ends until they system completely collapses. Even in now in Venezuela, the socialists have managed to convince enough people that they just need to do a better job of implementing socialism.

Tom O
Reply to  Jeff in Calgary
December 17, 2019 8:39 am

Socialism and communism aren’t the same thing, and neither democracy nor republicanism exists in the US on any level in any state. Why worry about Venezuela and what they do when you “might” have an impact on what happens in your own country?

Reply to  Tom O
December 17, 2019 7:50 pm

“The goal of socialism is communism.” – Vladimir Lenin

With the left, everything is a slippery slope. Which is they they spend so much time claiming that slippery slopes don’t exist.

Reply to  MarkG
December 18, 2019 5:47 am

The founders of the CCF were farmers, teachers, and preachers. They disavowed Marxism and class struggle. They fully embraced the cooperative movement but that is by no means the same as Soviet collectivism. Lenin was grinding his own axe.

Ivor Ward
December 17, 2019 6:38 am

When stupid isn’t getting you anywhere. Add more stupid.

Reply to  Ivor Ward
December 17, 2019 6:53 am

To the left, the solution to every problem is more government. Even those problems that are caused by government.

Jon Jewett
Reply to  Ivor Ward
December 17, 2019 7:52 am

Think on the problems here in our Republic. Ask yourself “why?” When you do, a pattern will appear. Every problem has been created by Congress or other legislators and their unelected minions that run the bureaucracies they have created. All of them.

Ron Long
December 17, 2019 6:50 am

Wow! Importing energy, instead of producing it yourself, with no impact whatsoever on carbon “pollution”, is not virtue signaling, its signaling a mixture of stupid and crazy. Kalifornia, speeding toward a point in time when more people are sleeping on their sidewalks than in houses, and then THE BIG ONE HITS! Earthquake, that is. Maybe sooner instead of later?

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  Ron Long
December 17, 2019 8:16 am

I detest Cal’s democrats because their unwillingness to generate more instate reliable baseload electricity will cause electricity rates to increase across the entire Western US grid, including my Arizona.

Ron Long
Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
December 17, 2019 8:53 am

Don’t look now, Joel, but they are taking a lot of your share of water also.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Ron Long
December 17, 2019 11:48 am

Las Vegas, Boulder, North Las Vegas, and Henderson all have exploding populations and thus home and business growth from fleeing Californians, a growth which is accelerating Lake Mead water demand with each passing year. Las Vegas water authorities are pumping out more Lake Mead water than ever, a closely-held dirty secret between the Lower Colorado River water authorities no one wants to talk about.
Southern Nevada gets about 90 percent of its water supply from the Colorado River (via Lake Mead extraction intake pipes), and under the compact are allocated 300,000 acre-feet of water per year. They play this “return flows credits” accounting trick of sending about 100,000 af annually of reclaimed water back to Lake Mead through a drainage ditch, so they can then extract this credit amount on top of their 300,000 a-f/year “consumptive” allocation.

“Climate Change driven SW drought” is the go-to excuse, “get out of jail” card they use to hide the fact that Colorado River inflows to upstream Lake Powell for 2017 and 2019 Water Years were well above average, and 2020 is shaping up to be as well. The basic problem stems from the original 1928 Law of the River that allocates more River water to users than the River actually supplies. California is by far the largest Lower Colorado River water user, so claiming Climate Change is the propaganda device used by the politicians.
55 Years ago California lost its legal battle with Arizona to try to stop Arizona from constructing the Central Arizona Project (CAP) so that Arizona could use it full allocation.

CAP water was primarily to supply water to a growing Phoenix and expanding agriculture use down to Casa Grande and Gila Bend areas. CAP water now reaches all the way to Tucson to supplies our growth here.

The real Colorado River water hog though is California. Eventually with the growing populations of Las Vegas, Tucson Area, Phoenix and its fast growing suburbs from fleeing Californians, something is going to break on the over-allocation. An allocation set in 1922 that was overly enthusiastic about historical water flows on the Colorado River. Eventuially the Law of the River Compact is going to have to be completely re-negotiated and Cal won’t like it because their big share is going to take a hit.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
December 17, 2019 1:49 pm

This is the kind of thing which causes climate refugees to be created…

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
December 17, 2019 11:06 pm

Las Vegas as also been trying for years to get water from northern Nevada. We’ve been fighting them off for years.

There’s a reason they call it a desert. If you want to live with sparse water supplies, move to Vegas. At least Kalifornia has built desalination plants for fresh water. Now all they need is more power… oh, crap. Well, then, build a bullet train through farm land that you hope to turn into additional bedroom communities. They will need… more water and more power.

What was I thinking?

Bryan A
Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
December 17, 2019 10:23 am

Look on the bright side Joel
Cali 2020 will enact the placement of Rooftop Solar on ALL new construction and gradually phase out Gas Service to residential heating and cooking.
When the sun shines full strength, the rooftop solar will produce a glut of electrons that Cali will be forced to Pay Arizona to take so the grid remains stable.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Bryan A
December 17, 2019 11:59 am

And when the sun isn’t shining, they’ll be buying electricity on the spot market to keep their lights on since they’ve shuttered more gas-fired generation and the coming Diablo Canyon shutdown. Cal’s rate payers will take the biggest hit, but everyone on the Western US Grid will get hit with higher electricity due to the diminished California in-state structural supply. Less power available to all power companies like APS, Tucson Electric, SoCalEd, PG&E and so on will drive everyone’s cost per MW-hr up.
Texas has its own grid, ERCOT, a grid mostly isolated from the US Western Grid and the Eastern Grid, so that state is the only one that won’t be paying for East and West Coast liberal’s energy lunacy.
Texans are catching on the scam scam, they have their Texas Landowners Opposing Wind (TLOW) organization fighting the wind industry lunacy.

Bryan A
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
December 17, 2019 2:32 pm

No one ever said the Left Coast showed signs of intelligence

Reply to  Bryan A
December 17, 2019 12:25 pm

They will think that rooftop solar is a solution, rather than just adding to their grid instability. Foward! over the cliff!

Charles Higley
Reply to  Ron Long
December 17, 2019 9:40 am

Hey, if everyone is sleeping outdoors or intents, then there will be fewer casualties when the Big One hits California.

December 17, 2019 6:53 am

California is like Germany in the sense that they both are pursuing an extremist, unrealistic renewable energy policy, that can only achieve an appearance of success when dispatchable energy can be imported from neighboring countries/states, at high cost, when their own renewable sources falter; and when they can dump excess energy into neighboring countries/states, at financial loss, when their renewable sources produce more energy than they can consume (which is exactly what both Germany and CA do).

It’s like a ponzi or Multi-Level Marketing scheme: it only “works” when you have an outside source propping up and sustaining the whole system (new investors or MLM recruits in those cases), which is not renewable in the least.

Reply to  icisil
December 17, 2019 8:45 am

“which is not renewable in the least” should read ‘which is not sustainable in the least”

Reply to  icisil
December 17, 2019 10:54 am

Renewables are non-sustainables, so it seems.

Reply to  icisil
December 17, 2019 8:51 am

Germany and it’s renewable revolution keeps getting more and more farcical. They spent a fortune, pushed electricity prices up by 50% and still failed to meet emission targets. Their solar manufacturing industry collapsed only able to compete on high price niche installations to large Chinese manufacturers. Now the wind generation industry has stalled and the manufacturers are meeting the same fate as the German Solar manufacturing. The 20-year subsidies granted to wind, solar, and biogas since 2000 will start coming to an end next year and it is expected many renewable generation companies will fail. They are pushing ahead with closing there Nuclear plants and having to become reliant to Russian Gas to build gas power stations to prop the whole lot up.

Remember when all the greens and UN were telling us how Germany was an inspiration, well they certainly created a nice economics case study 🙂

Joe Crawford
December 17, 2019 7:18 am

It has, and still is, very interesting, though somewhat sad to watch the slow destruction of such a large economy by a cabal of ultra-left wing ‘True Believers.’ It does make one wonder whether there is actually a buried hidden agenda behind all of this, or is it just due to a total lack of common sense and critical thinking. My first impression is that they, at least the leaders, can’t really be that stupid, but, I’ve been wrong before. After all, they are just ‘politicians.’

On the outer Barcoo
Reply to  Joe Crawford
December 17, 2019 7:56 am

HANLON’S RAZOR: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Cago N Bosque (aka Hoser)
Reply to  On the outer Barcoo
December 17, 2019 8:42 am

That rule is accurate when describing followers, not leaders.

Reply to  Joe Crawford
December 17, 2019 3:09 pm

“All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.”
― Sophocles, Antigone

Lord Myrt
Reply to  Joe Crawford
December 17, 2019 6:32 pm

Now that Cali is a one-party state, the politicians and their cronies can grift and graft away while blaming climate change and Reagan (lots of my neighbors still blame Prop13 and RR for present misery!). And as long as they have SV and Hollywood, they can claim the state is wealthy. But the infrastructure continues to crumble and people are leaving. LA And SF are one major natural disaster away from serious collapse.

Al Miller
December 17, 2019 7:32 am

Doing all of the above in California doesn’t need to be pushed. The market will move that direction when it makes sense and spare all the people the misery of having it forced on them- of course, silly me, that takes the “leadership” of government away and doesn’t support the phoney fears big government is trying to instill in people.

John Furst
December 17, 2019 7:34 am

Wow! Interesting data from California Energy Commission. From single digit foreign to 57% in 1918. Big drop from Alaska and internal California. I guess all those tankers use California wind and solar!
Imported oil and electricity. What could go wrong!
California consumers: Please wake up. Your energy costs and supply risks are killing your economy and well-being.
Concentrate on focusing electric utilities on providing reliable service (new and maintained transmission and distribution lines) at the lowest possible price. Perhaps drop the “feel good” extraneous mandates.
A good start would be to fire the governor, legislature, and the current utility regulators.

Reply to  John Furst
December 17, 2019 11:30 am

The California economy appears to be thriving – 5th or 6th largest in the world. And the claims that California will crash have gotten pretty stale. But, then, the state will crash, at some point.

John Shepherd
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
December 17, 2019 12:11 pm

There is no such thing as a state GNP because any State’s economy is too intertwined with the nation to truly seperate it out. It is just an artificial accounting concept. Without power and water from the other Western States California looks like Venezuela.

The true measure of the California economy is the poverty rate. One fifth of the population lives below the poverty line and about a third of the population spends half their income on housing. California has a wealthy facade centered in Silcon Valley but the State really is a South American style Oligarchy.

Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
December 17, 2019 12:54 pm

From a strategic standpoint, California high dependence on foreign oil is a concern. If the supply routes are comprised, California will be in a desperate situation.

John Furst
December 17, 2019 7:36 am

Whoops. 2018.

December 17, 2019 7:39 am

The spectacle of what was once the most advanced and prosperous State in the Union turning itself into a Third World sh*thole is horrible but also compelling. It’s like driving past a really bad car crash – try as one might, it is impossible not to look.

December 17, 2019 7:56 am


December 17, 2019 8:02 am

“doubled down to increase inflation” Don’t use words if you don’t know what they mean.

Taxes don’t cause inflation. Rising prices are only a symptom of inflation. Inflation is inflating the money supply. It is government spending money it doesn’t have, creating money and diluting the value of the currency already in circulation.

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  Albert
December 17, 2019 12:30 pm

Good point.
But just one of the glitches in this article.
An editor and reviewer could have helped.

Timo Soren
December 17, 2019 8:03 am

California should not be sold electric or gas. They have the unequal states law that says they don’t rejects a republic if states. They should learn the cost of their arrogance.

December 17, 2019 8:11 am

Does the Governor know his actions are supportive of California becoming a National Security risk to America? – article

If he does know, he just does not care. That much is obvious. The Navy base at San Diego is where the SEALs train and run BUD/S and UDS (Dive/Salvage) schools. Those can easily be moved to NS Little Creek, VA or NAS Pensacola, FL. Doing so would/will remove that source of income and free up land for the homeless, right?

My younger nephew lives in LaLa Land – not sure exactly where – and while I’d like to get his view on the nutball who is now a governor, I can wait until my sister comes back from her visit.

So if you move away from the coastal areas, toward the interior, is the remainder of California and its denizens like that – just don’t give a crap, we’ll pay exorbitant fees for electricity? Or do they lean more toward the sensible side that says “I want heat, cooking gas, and lights, you moron”? Just trying to understand, that’s all.

Bryan A
Reply to  Sara
December 17, 2019 10:28 am

California only seems to be getting crazier…
Problem is the Sane people are moving out leaving the Crazies as a greater ratio of the remaining populace

Mountain Living
Reply to  Sara
December 24, 2019 12:02 pm

I live in the Mountains about 3 hours East from SF. We are not at all like the coastal people. We are trying to recall Newsom, trying to set up the State of Jefferson to separate from the coastal nut cases, fighting for our second amendment rights, but to no avail. The oligarchs have the money and power. Very frustrating to say the least. We feel that the Electric Outages this past October were just a “Warning” to those of us who don’t follow the game plan. What to do?? We’ve lived here for decades, have our homestead, and yet we might be forced to leave because of the dictates of the CA government. We see the problems, and they are very real. We had a young sheriff killed by the Mexican cartel at an “illegal grow” and our sheriff had to wait days before he could get info on the murders due to “Sanctuary State” rules. Very upsetting. We are not in the earthquake area, so we can hope that maybe we’ll have “water front property” when the fault line gives way.

Joel O’Bryan
December 17, 2019 8:13 am

California has huge funding shortfalls in its public employee retirement funds, Cal PERS and CalSTRS. Both funds are big investors in the nexus of big Green money meets the renewable energy scam. They are “banking” those huge wind and solar investment positions paying huge ROIs to help fill the actuarial funding holes.
The California taxpayer is on the hook to fill those pension fund shortfalls should they not get them filled in future years. But the Sacramento politicians (mostly Demorats) who are bought and controlled by the public unions know that direct taxation of Cal’s residents of such large amounts to payoff the fundings shortfalls would be political suicide.

Solution? Invest in Green energy schemes and use government subsidies to make them very profitable investments.
Supporting strategies to pull it off.
– Use political diktats on mandatory increasing use of wind and solar to ensure the wind and solar farms proliferate.
– Buy off university academics to write fake engineering studies to claim its possible to run the US economy on wind and solar.
– Politically push the climate change hustle as the wedge to push the green energy schemes, not just on California but across the entire US and the western nations.
– Dumb down the populace with poor public schools and indoctrination of children.
– bombard the public with climate change alarmism propaganda to dupe them to become sheep to be fleeced.

Thus Everyone’s electric bill rate increase across the US become the source of indirect taxation to help fix Cal’s public union state pension fund shortfalls. The climate scam is all about the money. The money from Fleecing the middle class while Democrats use the issue to acquire more political power from a duped voter.

December 17, 2019 8:15 am

Parasites rarely think about the health of the larger host body or beyond short term (political) gain.

Elite parasites are not the ones standing around in long lines for fast charging stations either. They are not among the first responders dealing with battery fires or among the mechanics dealing with high voltage systems in the shop.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  ResourceGuy
December 17, 2019 9:17 am

And California’s state vehicle fleet running on EV’s will just be paper-weights when The Big One hits and the grid power is down in affected areas for weeks to months.

David S
December 17, 2019 9:02 am

Well let California be the canary in the coal mine. When the canary kicks the bucket maybe other states will get the message. Them again… Democrat states probably won’t.

Joe Crawford
Reply to  David S
December 17, 2019 9:29 am

As California heads down the road to oblivion the more intelligent businesses slowly emigrate to other, more business friendly states. However, they practically always take their philosophies and culture with them and soon thoroughly Californicate their destination. It doesn’t take ’em long before their destination mimics where they left. They never learn from past experience. It they were smart enough to think critically and learn from experience they wouldn’t have screwed up from whence they came.

Steve Z
December 17, 2019 9:04 am

The stupidity of California is appalling. If California is shutting down nuclear power plants (which do not emit CO2 or any other pollutants associated with coal- or gas-fired power plants), and have to import electric power from other states, that will require additional high-tension wires from other states to California cities (or increased load on the existing wires), at the same time that California sometimes imposes rolling blackouts to reduce the chance of sparks from high-tension wires starting a wildfire.

The necessity for oil imports comes from the dependence of California in general, and the Los Angeles area in particular, on cars for transport. Los Angeles area freeways are jam-packed, and many commuters have to travel dozens of miles each day on them, and cars burn more gasoline per mile when stalled in traffic than when breezing along at 60 mph. Why don’t the geniuses at the city council come up with some plans to build commuter trains or expand bus routes to reduce the traffic on the freeways, since buses and trains use less energy per passanger-mile than private cars? Californians don’t need a train from Fresno to Bakersfield–they need trains from LA to nearby suburbs.

With all the posturing over green energy, there are still functioning oil rigs even within Los Angeles’ city limits, some of them within a mile of LAX airport. There are some offshore oil rigs along the California coast, but recent Governors have banned new offshore drilling, in the name of preserving the fish, although scuba divers have found that fish tend to congregate around offshore oil rigs. If California doesn’t want to import oil from Alaska, why not develop its own oil?

Importing electricity from neighboring states doesn’t reduce the pollution that power plants emit, it only transfers the pollution to the other states. Not to worry, say the Californians on their pristine paradise–the west wind will blow the pollution elsewhere, it’s their problem, not ours.

December 17, 2019 9:53 am
Reply to  Marcus
December 17, 2019 4:18 pm

Do a CAGW and average it that solves every possible error apparently … so ZERO then 🙂

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Marcus
December 18, 2019 10:27 pm

That was a load of rubbish.

December 17, 2019 9:54 am

I’m reminded of a scene from the movie “Home Alone”

Kevin’s parents frantically arrive at the New York hotel where their son had apparently rented a room. They ask the manager, “You rented a room to a nine year old! What kind of idiots do you have working here?”

And the classic answer: “Only the finest!”

December 17, 2019 10:36 am

Where exactly is the slavery in the lithium battery supply chain?

This lists the major sources of Lithium… and unless Australia enslaved anyone recently, doesn’t look like any slave economies in there to me…

Joel Snider
December 17, 2019 12:05 pm

I’d complain that he’s driving all the progressives up here to Oregon to corrupt the state by bringing the same votes that put this idiot in… except they already did that, and Oregon’s already screwed.

Bryan A
December 17, 2019 2:35 pm

Twould be nice is ALL the progressives left Ca for elsewhere, then the remainder could get the pendulum swinging in the other direction. towards sanity

Reply to  Bryan A
December 17, 2019 6:23 pm

I don’t want them here in my kingdom!!! Let them move to Mars! Mars is cold, dry and windy and like west Texas in a sandstorm has winds that will drive Martian dust right through your window frames.

Oh, wait – the REAL Martians might not like that, either.

December 17, 2019 6:08 pm

“With NO plans for industrial wind or solar renewable intermittent electricity projects to generate “replacement” electricity in-state”.

Viva Germany! Lets mandate the state into into bankruptcy and get billions in Federal relief. I trump not.

The Governor and his cronies seem to overlook the fact that other states aren’t required to ship electricity to them. If there is some sort of rate setting agreement in place I can see it being abrogated in the near future.

December 18, 2019 5:03 am

While some comments argue the graph data, the point of article is interesting plus all of these comments. As a descendent of 1849ers who were mostly cattlemen, dairymen and dry-land grain farmers, the San Joaquin Valley changes through 4 or 5 generations could be alarming. Water issues being one thing but the anti-carbon phenomena and the fear of carbon is maddening. I still argue that the anti-CO2 concept is anti-life. Part of the power problem has been PG&E and Edison caving to the Sacramento “dems” lobbies and environmental community. Regulation understatement, but there is so much bad use of science fueling whole industries. Now, the state wants total control of groundwater rights. Back in 1999 there was a writer and columnist in Las Vegas, Vin Suprinovitz (spell?). He was warning then of “fuel and power rationing.” I guess we are there now, plus more, with plant shutdowns based on faulty environment reasoning.

December 18, 2019 5:24 am

If things turn really bad in California there will still be lots of jobs…shoveling excrement and needles from sidewalks.

December 18, 2019 9:24 am

It has been proven that American oil companies sell a large bulk of their production to foriegn countries. We then buy oil from outside our country. The problem isnt renewable energy. California needs to move in the direction it is going. The oil and energy companies need to keep our resources at home. What is being produced off our coast is likely going to China. Big corporations is profit 1st. Yet have been afforded large tax breaks. Not making the country great. Just greedy.

December 18, 2019 9:34 am

Californians are getting the government they voted for. Hope they enjoy the results.

December 18, 2019 9:47 am

The only result of rooftop solar in CA is going to be less houses built because of the cost of installing solar. The legislature believes the average cost will be around 10K. Show me a residential solar installation that costs that little, and I’ll eat my hat. And my hat is made of leather.

Bryan A
Reply to  RJ
December 18, 2019 12:37 pm

1 inverter and 3 panels (enough to open your garage door.)
My house would take around 30 – 40 panels (and would require a support structure be built over the carport) Canna putem onda roof

Bryan A
Reply to  RJ
December 18, 2019 2:36 pm

The reg would require that the Rooftop Solar Panels be sufficient in amount to produce the entire daily requirement of Juice for that particular house.

John Endicott
Reply to  RJ
December 19, 2019 5:07 am

The legislature believes the average cost will be around 10K. Show me a residential solar installation that costs that little

Well, that depends on if you are counting the true cost or the “cost” after all the subsidies (OPM) that are used to make it look affordable?

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