Newsom’s avoidance of addressing tough energy policy questions will expose his limited energy literacy over the next four years of financial torture upon those that voted for him.
Published November 9, 2022 at https://www.cfact.org/2022/11/09/update-re-elected-governor-newsoms-energy-literacy-will-be-challenged-over-the-next-4-years/
Ronald Stein is an engineer, senior policy advisor on energy literacy for Heartland, and co-author of the Pulitzer Prize nominated book “Clean Energy Exploitations.”
Despite Newsom’s statewide policy decisions that are driving up costs of energy in the state, only a few Californians are upset with the ever-increasing costs for their electricity and gasoline, resulting in the excessive costs of living, increasing homelessness and crime. But most voters have just showed their approval of the bizarre energy policies that Newsom promotes and wish to incur four more years of financial torture.
The continuous exodus of residents from the state has resulted in a loss of a representative in Washington for the first time in its 171-year history. Departing residents are being followed by large corporations and privately owned businesses that have moved their headquarters out of California in 2021 at twice their rate in both 2020 and 2019 and at three times their rate in 2018.
California has a history of having the highest gasoline prices in the country. Why? For one, the West Coast fuels market is isolated from other supply/demand centers as California is an energy island. The Sierra Mountains are a natural barrier that prevents the state from pipeline access to any of that excess oil. As such, the West Coast is susceptible to unexpected outages of West Coast refineries as it is unable to backfill an unexpected loss in supply by quickly supplying additional products from outside of the region.
Newsom is emphatically complaining that the oil companies are making outlandish profits, but he may be out of touch with reality as two California refineries have shut down under his current watch and two more may be closing in his new term.
Under Newsom’s watch in the last few years, two of California’s refineries have virtually shut down and are no longer manufacturing gasoline, aviation fuels, or any oil derivatives. Those two, Phillips66 at Rodeo and Marathon at Martinez, are now only focusing on renewable diesel.
More financial sad news may occur under Newsom’s next term with the permanent closure of two more California refineries, the Chevron Refinery at Richmond and the PBF Refinery at Martinez. If the courts uphold the 2021 Bay Area Air Quality Management (BAAQMD) rule 6-5 for a further reduction in particulate emissions, both have stated that they will shut down before spending one billion dollars to retrofit their refineries to comply with further particulate emission reductions.
The world has seen the impact on Germany and Britain with their dependency on Russia for most of its energy, but for the 4th largest economy in the world, in California, Newsom already has the State more than 56 percent dependent on imported crude oil, but continuously seeks further reductions of in-state oil production that places greater dependency on foreign countries.
California’s growing dependency on foreign countries is a national security risk for all of America. Does Newsom expect a better outcome than what Germany and Britain experienced by not controlling more of its energy future demands?
I’m sure that Newsom had a chance to view the 2006 movie “Blood Diamonds” starring Leonardo DiCaprio that portrays many of the similar atrocities now occurring in pursuit of the “Blood Minerals” i.e., those exotic minerals and metals to support the “green” movement within wealthy countries that continue promoting environmental degradation to landscapes in developing countries, and imposes humanity atrocities to citizens with yellow, brown, and black skinned workers being exploited for the green movement of the few wealthy nations.
Despitethe Biden administration’s declaration that EV battery materials from China may be tainted by child labor made with materials known to be produced with child or forced labor, Newsom continues to support subsidies to procure EV’s and build more wind and solar when those subsidies are providing financial incentives to the developing countries mining for those “green” materials that promotes further exploitations of poor people in developing countries. I personally thought that Newsom had higher moral and ethical standards that would stop him from exploiting the poor in developing countries.
Newsom seems to be oblivious to the reality that everything that needs electricity is made from the oil derivatives manufactured from crude oil, but Newsom continues to support wind and solar that only generate intermittent electricity but cannot manufacture anything for society. Newsom has yet to identify a replacement for the oil derivatives that are the basis of more than 6,000 products and fuels for our various transportation infrastructures, and the economy.
Life Without Oil is NOT AS SIMPLE AS NEWSOM MAY THINK as renewable energy is only intermittent electricity from breezes and sunshine as NEITHER wind turbines nor solar panels can manufacture anything for society. Climate change may impact humanity but being mandated to live without the products manufactured from oil will necessitate lifestyles being mandated back to the horse and buggy days of the 1800’s and could be the greatest threat to civilization’s eight billion residents.
In Newsom’s all-electric world, Newsom’s bizarre energy policies reflect his believes that all the infrastructures developed in less than two centuries, from the products manufactured from crude oil, are NOT needed by future societies, such as medical, electronics, communications, and the many transportation infrastructures such as airlines, merchant ships, automobiles, trucks, military, and the space programs.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), California’s high cost of electricity is already fifty percent higher than the national average for residents, and double the national averages for commercial, and are projected to go even higher.
California is the nation’s top producer of electricity from solar, geothermal, and biomass, but the inability to replace the closure of continuously uninterruptable electricity from nuclear and natural gas power plants with intermittent electricity from renewables is causing the state to import more of its electricity.
Again, under Newsom’s watch, the EIA says that California imports more electricity than any other US state, more than twice the amount of Virginia, the second largest importer of electricity.
Newsom’s policies continue to force California to be the only state in contiguous America that imports most of its crude oil energy from foreign countries. That dependence has increased imported crude oil from foreign countries from 5 percent in 1992 to 56 percent today of total consumption.
At today’s price of crude oil approaching $100 per barrel the imported crude oil costs California more than $150 million dollars a day, yes, every day, being paid to oil-rich foreign countries, depriving Californians of jobs and business opportunities, and drivers to pay these premium prices for fuel.
Richer countries now have higher gasoline prices, while poorer countries and countries that produce and export oil have lower cost for fuels. A review of global petroleum gasoline prices per gallon in U.S. dollars shows the international intelligence and trends of gasoline prices of the wealthy countries that have opted to go “green” at any cost, compared with poorer countries and countries that produce and export oil.
Another issue that Newsom will not discuss is funding for future road maintenance. Newsom has mandated no sales of internal combustion engine vehicles after 2035 but appears incapable of acknowledging that heavier EV’s contribute nothing for road maintenance and repairs. California has almost 400,000 miles of roadways that are heavily dependent on road taxes from fuels that contribute more than $8.8 billion annually, the same tax base that also funds the environmental programs that will be diminishing in the decades ahead.
Maybe Newsom will produce a plan in the next four years to finance the billions of dollars for the roads being used by EV’s or just pass that problem on to his predecessor.
California voters had a chance to recall Newsom in 2021 but chose to support his bizarre and expensive energy policies. Following the failed recall, Newsom was just re-elected by the voters that are willing to accept the highest energy costs in America. Voters support his avoidance of addressing those tough energy policy questions that would expose his limited energy literacy over the next four years of financial torture upon the working class that voted for him.
Ronald Stein, P.E.
Ambassador for Energy & Infrastructure
“Maybe Newsom will produce a plan in the next four years to finance the billions of dollars for the roads being used by EV’s or just pass that problem on to his predecessor.”
Predecessor should be successor possibly?
Maybe Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to run again?
Not 4 years – he’s running for President already, and will be out of here in 2 years. Then the whole country will benefit from his leadership.
I have a very sinking feeling that he is very likely to win, too.
Newsom will pass the problem on to his
Recent news in China is that 2023 contract price for thermal coal has been set internally at USD96/t; no rise from this year. Thermal coal at this price is very close to a quarter of the cost per unit energy of oil at USD100/brl, which has near price parity with gas on energy content basis.
So Chinese industry has locked in the basic energy cost at least a quarter of the unit coat of any remaining industry in California and probably even lower given all the extra costs of intermittency in an electrical network. What hope has any Californian manufacturer got in the face of the competitive advantage of Chinese manufacturers.
For California to pursue its “renewable” flight of fancy. it will need a lot of stuff Made in China.
And I wonder how long will China be prepared to exploit a declining internal resource to make useless stuff for the rest of the world. More specifically, how long will they continue to accept US debt in return for the stuff they make.
“”California voters had a chance to recall Newsom in 2021 but chose to support his bizarre and expensive energy policies. “”
And they’ve voted him in again?
It’s the counting that matters not the voting.
I have relatives in California that wouldn’t be caught dead voting for a Republican.
They full heartedly believe that Republicans are racist, sexist Nazis that want to destroy democracy.
I know people like that too. And when presented with an example to the contrary (i.e. me) their response is “Oh, well you’re not like them” and instead of reexamining their assumptions just continue to believe what they do.
when energy prices start rising, it’s because oil companies are greedy.
When blackouts start occurring, it’s proof that the private sector is not capable so everything must be taken over by government.
No matter what goes wrong, they have built in excuses that they have been indoctrinated into believing. And the solution, no matter what the problem, always involves more government.
Unexplained ballot drops in at least three states resulted in Democrats being elected, and making the expected red wave look like a ripple.
Are Nevada and Arizona next?
AN EXPLANATION OF BALLOT “COUNTING”
Batches of ballots are prepared well before the election. These batches are for heavily Republican areas, because Republicans likely do not mail in their ballots, and do not trust drop boxes after seeing the 2000 MULES movie.
These Republicans vote, in person, on Election Day
On Election Day, various false malfunctions are created, such as printers not printing and ballot readers no reading. Counting of all ballots is stopped and delayed, for as long as needed.
Uncounted ballots are moved to a pre-selected, secure building with loading/unloading docks for trucks.
The ballots of Republican areas are unofficially counted; no presence of observers!
If the Republican margin is too great, some ballots for Democrats are substituted to reduce the Republican margin.
This margin is compared with the estimated Democrat margin in Democrat areas.
If the Democrat margin is greater than the Republican margin, the official counting is resumed, with presence of observers.
If the Democrat margin is not greater than the Republican margin, some Republican ballots are removed from the Election Day ballots of Democrat areas, and substituted with prepared ballots for Democrats.
When all is set, and the printers are magically printing again and the readers are magically reading again, and counting is started again, the Democrat candidate wins, which would be inline with the Republican RIPPLE, that was supposed to be a WAVE.
The readers are smart enough to determine if a vote is Democrat or Republican, and with, NO WIRES, near field communication, NFC, can transmit that information to a nearby computer to keep accurate, real-time track of the voting trend, i.e., much better than “exit polling”.
Prepared ballots for Democrats:
1) Can be held in reserve, as needed, for later insertion.
2) Can be used to displace Republican votes, as needed.
Stalin: “I do not care who votes, I care about who counts the votes”
Observers and watchers are fine, but if you really want to see what is going on in your county, volunteer to be a poll worker. The full-time workers will quickly accept you, and you’ll get all kinds of insight into what is going on, all the checks and counterchecks, and security measures, including 2-man security for ballots and associated paperwork. Those 2-man teams were 1 Dem and 1 Rep. Even if they had colluded, the paperwork would have taken days to make it match, and the deliveries had to be same day. Frankly, almost impossible to cheat.
Doing so in Washoe County, Nevada gave me a lot of confidence in everything except the mail-in ballots. There is strong accountability for those ballots, and signatures were checked. The full-time poll workers were observed during all working hours, and cameras broadcast the area 24/7. Those poll workers wore picture badges and also wore stickers indicating their party affiliation. In Washoe, all parties were represented in the Warehouse.
Clark County (Las Vegas and surroundings) can’t quite say the same. Republicans couldn’t be bothered to work the polls. They may have different security measures, as the County Registrar has a lot of sayso on how the vote security. All of Nevada pays for that. It would help a lot if Republicans who live there gave a crap and got involved. I guess it’s a lot easier to protest for a few hours and complain on various websites.
Excellent. The experiment needs to be done before they try it where I live.
All over America, after suffering from nearly two years of wild inflation, soaring crime, increasing homelessness, unaffordable gasoline and food, empty store shelves, an overrun border, vilification of ‘whiteness’, and sex ed in kindergarten, last Tuesday democrats bent over and cried out, “Thank you sir, may I have another?”
What I find amazing is how good the leftists are in getting people to ignore the evidence of their own eyes. For example, people who think that it’s ok to ban abortion after say 3 months, voting for a bill that bans any restrictions on abortion, which means abortion is permitted right up to the moment of birth.
When they are pointed out what the language of the bill means, they reply that nobody would interpret the bill that way.
how good the
leftists areparty is in getting people to ignore the evidence of their own eyes
More importantly and those who didn’t.
For many the policies of political parties are irrelevant, it’s all about belonging to a particular tribe even if they are hurt by the policies of the party they support. Eventually you have to hope they will see the light.
“The world has seen the impact on Germany and Britain with their dependency on Russia for most of its energy,”
True of Germany but not true of Britain.
Not sure what the down votes are for. It is a fact that the UK is not dependent on Russia for its gas supply.
True. The UK has however been a major importer of diesel fuel from Russia, accounting for around 25% of its consumption until efforts were made to import from elsewhere after the Ukraine invasion. With the ban on Russian ship borne oil about to come into effect it will join New England and Europe in a heating oil/diesel shortage.
Britain doesn’t depend directly on Russian gas, but it does depend on the inter-ties with the continent to supply electricity, and that electricity is dependent on Russian gas.
Not true either. With the mild weather we have been having, and with the Continental electricity shortage driven by a combination of plant closures and the big nuclear maintenance programme in France the UK has been exporting electricity so that there has been less need to run CCGT on the Continent.
Similar exports of electricity from Spain to France do depend on the regular flow of Russian LNG which is ongoing. Barcelona, Sagunto, Escombreras, Huelva, Ferrol and Bilbao are regular destinations, as are Zeebrugge in Belgium and Dunkerque and Montoir in France.
When we do get cold Dunkelflaute it remains to be seen whether the UK would get imports at all. The threat is of rotating blackouts across the Continent and in the UK too due to capacity shortage (not shortage of gas, which could of course make the effect much worse). It is hard to see countries being willing to increase their own blackout levels to keep the lights on somewhere else. Texans will know the syndrome.
When things get cold, the lack of electricity from natural gas is going to cause Germany to start competing with France, Spain, and everyone else for every kW available. The market is integrated, shortages, whatever the cause, impact everyone.
The same people who think electricity lives in the walls of your house/apartment and you can coax it out through those plug-in dealies are the ones who voted for Newsom to continue his progressive ways. Can’t change stupid.
The same people who think electricity lives in the walls of your house
That reminds me of a conversation I overheard last night. The person was explaining how she can’t understand how people registered Independent know how to vote. If you’re Democrat or Republican you’ve already made up your mind when you go in, but if you’re Independent how do you decide who to vote for?
No thinking involved for her, just tribe.
The world has seen the impact on Germany and Britain with their dependency on Russia for most of its energy.
Eh? How is Britain dependent on Russia for most of its energy?
The UK’s reliance on Russian gas is ….just 3 per cent.
The UK has had zero dependence on Russian gas since March. Its pipelines have been used to export extra LNG landings to the Continent. The LNG has come from the US, Qatar, Peru, Nigeria, Trinidad, Angola, Equatorial Guinea and even a cargo from Australia. The import mainstay continues to be by pipeline from Norway.
Britain imports electricity from Europe. That electricity is dependent on Russian gas.
See above. GB imports electricity from Ireland when they dump a wind surplus but may be called on to support Ireland when the wind doesn’t blow. It sometimes imports from Norway, though the Norwegians have been increasingly reluctant to export too much because of the effect on their prices. There is also a mode where some of the exports to France are supplemented by imports from Belgium and/or the Netherlands. But the UK has been a net exporter since the spring, helping to plug the French shortages. It would have been an even bigger exporter but for capacity outages on IFA1 linked to the fire at the Sellindge converter station over a year ago. This does get around the limited direct links between Belgium and France.
The UK is rarely a net importer from the Continent, and only at times of low demand (mild weather overnight, low wind) currently.
You can check out the flows over the past year here
If there is a shortage of electricity in Europe, it impacts everyone. The surpluses you are now counting on, will no longer be available.
The shortage will be from a lack of dispatchable capacity in low wind conditions. It will occur even with all CCGT cranked to maximum. The main driver is closures (nuclear and coal) and non availability of nuclear. The first defence is power rationing for industry.
Europe has just been experiencing the opposite conditions. Windy, warm weather has created surpluses that have driven prices to very low, even negative levels overnight.
California politics have been controlled for many years by the unions; teachers unions, SEIU, and the smaller unions as well. They all benefit from the ongoing state of affairs. The state has significant financial problems which are hidden, particularly the severely under funded pension plans.
They also have oil in the central valley which will never be exploited most likely and there is off shore oil as well.
I watched things go haywire from the early 1970’s until now. Sad to see.
The problem is Ronald we’re talking rational engineering/economics on another planet and here’s a typical example of their planet-
Get the picture? Humans baaaad Gaia goooood! Not them personally of course because they use sciencey stuff to make all the bad humans more aware of their evil wicked ways in desecrating Gaia. The irony is it’s the very productivity of fossil fuels that permits such a plethora of these dilettantes and navel gazers leeching off the productive sector that has to sing for their supper in the marketplace.
Be careful what they wish for in that respect but when you’re on a noble mission to save the whole planet crusaders have a blinkered outlook. However it is true if a State like California can trade high tech services for real goods from the dark Satanic mills from around the globe they can revel in their own Garden of Eden away from such yukky stuff. What might burst their bubble in that respect is the looming layoffs in the high tech sector at present.
“I personally thought that Newsom had higher moral and ethical standards”
Passing problems on to their successors is what Democrats do.
They never solve problems, only make them worse.
“California has a history of having the highest gasoline prices in the country. Why? For one, the West Coast fuels market is isolated from other supply/demand centers as California is an energy island. The Sierra Mountains are a natural barrier that prevents the state from pipeline access to any of that excess oil. As such, the West Coast is susceptible to unexpected outages of West Coast refineries as it is unable to backfill an unexpected loss in supply by quickly supplying additional products from outside of the region.”
Uh, I think some context is in order here. California pioneered the decadal stall tactics that blocked pipeline permitting. That’s why the product pipeline from Texas stops in Arizona. It’s not tectonics that isolate California–it’s policy fail from permitting and EPA fuel blends. I don’t think Nevada wants to build refineries for California anyway even if it had the crude oil pipelines. Electricity exports from coal plants in neighboring states to California worded out because it was exports by wire.
Looking farther out, massive investment in refinery capacity in China now rivals the Texas refinery corridor. That suggests imports for the West Coast from Asia to keep the “fourth largest economy” going, including military bases there. But then Dems love a good crisis to write stimulus bills with borrowed money. There are no laws to prevent them getting rich and votes while helping the public print more money for themselves. Energy policy dysfunction need not stop there–it’s a package of bad ideas.