By Alan Caruba
This appeared here and I would like to thank Alan for allowing me to publish his work. RK
If you live in California, I have a bit of advice. Get
out now while you can afford the gas to load up the van and head north or east.
You won’t be alone.
According to “Crazifornia: How California is Destroying
Itself and Why It Matters to America”, about 150,000 Californians have been
fleeing the state each year of late. “In fact,” wrote Laer Pearce, “Los Angeles
alone has lost more households than New York, Miami, and, incredibly, the economically
decimated city of Detroit…combined.”
The tide of traffic leaving the state is likely to
increase. According to a news release from Earthjustice, one of the innumerable
environmental organizations bent on destroying every form of energy that has
fueled the growth of the American economy, the California Public Utilities
Commission (PUC) has “finalized a groundbreaking decision to build innovative
high-tech energy storage systems that will lead California toward a future of
clean, renewable energy and away from dependence on fossil fuels.”
You remember fossil fuels, oil, natural gas, and coal.
The “clean, renewable” energies are wind and solar because, of course, the sun
shines all the time and the wind blows all the time. Or not.
By definition, energy “storage systems” can use
mechanical, chemical, or thermal processes to store energy; these processes
range from battery technologies to energy storage within compressed air or
molten salt. If that sounds bizarre, it is.
According to Will Rostov, an Earthjustice attorney,
“Clean, renewable energy sources will shape our future, whether the dirty
antiquated fossil fuels industry likes it or not, so it’s excellent to see
California getting there first. It took years by environmental advocates and state
regulators to reach this point.”
Actually, Europe has been there for some time now. In
England’s Yorkshire Dales,
they’re tearing down four wind turbines that have been around for twenty years
and “have not worked in years.” Indeed, across Europe there is a lot of buyer’s
remorse for having embraced wind and solar. As Marc Morano, the editor of ClimateDepot.com, noted in an October 17
article, “Wind and solar mandates are breaking Europe’s electric utilities.”
“Last week the CEOs of Europe’s ten largest utilities
finally cried uncle and called for a halt to wind and solar subsidies. Short of
that, they want subsidies of their own. They want to be paid, in essence, not
to produce power.” Thanks to mandates to use electricity from wind and solar
Europe’s energy costs increased 17% for consumers and 21% for industry in the
last four years.
California, in addition to requiring comparable use of
wind and solar power while pushing to close coal-fired plants and keep some
nuclear plants shuttered, will require its utilities to purchase 1.3 megawatts
of “energy storage” power by 2020.
The San Jose Mercury News reported that “The
first-in-a-nation mandate is expected to spur innovation in emerging storage
technologies, from batteries to flywheels. Once large quantities of energy can
be stored, the electric grid can make better use of solar, wind and other
technologies that generate sporadically rather than in a steady flow, and can
better manage disruptions from unpredictable events such as storms and
This is another very expensive Green pipedream that, like
other California initiatives, would prove impossible to achieve and will be
abandoned or ignored.
Since neither wind nor solar produce electricity in a
steady, predictable fashion that enables utilities to ensure a flow of
electricity to consumers, “energy storage” is the new, idiotic, alternative way
of providing electricity that has been in effect since Edison first invented
the turbines to produce it.
There is, simply put, no reason to require “energy
storage” if “dirty, antiquated fossil fuels” were used. Wind and solar provide
just over 3% of the electricity used in the U.S.
According to the Western Region Deputy Director of the
Sierra Club, Evan Gillespie, “Fossil fuels like natural gas are a dead end for
the people of California, the power companies, and the entire planet.” If you
listened to Strela Cervas, Coordinator at the California Environmental Justice
Alliance, fossil fuel use is a conspiracy against “low income communities and
communities of color overburdened by pollution, in particular from power
plants. California does not need any new gas-fired power plants.”
Those low income communities might not agree, along with
all the rest of the Californians, in the wake of the California Global Warming
Solutions Act of 2006. While California strives to save the state from a
warming that has not been occurring for more than 15 years, the new mandate
that 33% of the state’s energy come from wind and solar is estimated to cost
$114 billion, all of which will come out of the pockets of energy consumers.
According to Pearce, “Legislators, regulators, lawyers
and environmentalists have driven up the cost of doing business in the Golden
State until it has become 30% greater than in the neighboring states.” The
result of 40 years of anti-business (and anti-energy) policy has caused a
decline in the state’s standard of living. “California’s median household
income plummeted by 9%--nearly twice the national average between 2006 and
2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.”
This is the kind of environmental insanity that has been
at work at the federal level since Obama was elected in 2008. Billions have
been lost in loans to wind and solar
companies that went bankrupt within months and years. Think
Solyndra. Now apply that same insanity to the whole of the nation as the
administration continues its “war on coal” and actually laments the growing
access to natural gas and oil due to hydraulic fracking technology.
The U.S. will produce more oil than Saudi Arabia this
year. It has several centuries’ worth of affordable coal, scads of natural gas,
and could expand its nuclear power generation if it wanted.
California is leading the way as it drives out its
citizens and businesses, leaving behind only those too poor to leave; those
dependent on a range of welfare programs that “redistribute” money from “the
rich” and the middle class. They are turning the entire state into Detroit.
It is a war on the provision of electricity; the
lifeblood of the nation’s capacity to function.