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CA To Require 33% ‘Renewable’ Energy

From a cheering Associated Press:

Calif. to set ambitious renewable power standards

By Adam Weintraub, Associated Press
April 12, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Jerry Brown plans to sign legislation that would require California utilities to get one-third of their power from renewable sources, giving the state the most aggressive alternative energy mandate in the U.S.

Under the bill, California utilities and other power providers would have until the end of 2020 to draw 33 percent of their power from solar panels, windmills, landfill gases, small hydroelectric plants and other renewable sources.

Supporters said the increase from the current 20 percent target will reassure investors that demand for renewable energy will grow, fueling a field that has been one of the few growth spots for California’s economy during the recession.

Only a Democrat and their copy boys in the media would have the temerity to talk about "growth" in an article about artificially jacking up energy prices.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu was expected to attend the bill signing ceremony Tuesday at the SunPower-Flextronics solar manufacturing plant in the San Francisco Bay area city of Milpitas.

"Instead of watching from the sidelines, America needs to get back in the clean energy race, and that’s exactly what California is doing," said Stephanie Mueller, spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Energy.

So the Obama administration is heavily involved. This is an ‘assisted suicide.’

Critics of the legislation said sticking with traditional energy sources such as coal and natural gas would be cheaper, keeping costs down for business and residential ratepayers. Business groups point to estimates that the higher standard could drive up electricity costs for California ratepayers by more than 7 percent, despite language in the legislation to limit cost increases.

You mean some are suggesting that energy prices might go up, even though the legislation specifically says they won’t? How is that possible?

"Industry in California already pays electricity rates about 50 percent higher than the rest of the country," said Gino DiCaro, spokesman for the California Manufacturers and Technology Association. "With 33 percent, those rates are going to go up even more."

California doesn’t need manufacturing. They have an endless supply of illegal aliens, which by all accounts, is the best way to grow the economy.

Brown said Monday he would look carefully at whether the new standard will drive up electricity costs but said increasing use of renewable sources makes sense for California and the country.

"I know one thing: Being dependent on foreign fossil fuel is not good for our economy, it’s not good for our security, and it’s not good for our climate," the Democratic governor told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "We have to be bold."

California used to be one of the major producers of oil in the world. Much of the oil is still there. But it would make too much sense to actually drill for it. Apparently, that would require the wrong kind of boldness.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “CA To Require 33% ‘Renewable’ Energy”

  1. River0 says:

    It’s very sad to see a whole state (the Lyndsey Lohan of states) commit suicide.

    I was born in California and lived there when it was a wonderful place. It’s been destroyed by ‘progressive’ crypto-Marxists. In 2001, Gray Davis deregulated the utilities, causing energy shortages, chaos, and brown-outs, and opening the door to Enron’s worst abuses. Which is why he was thrown out of office. This latest insanity is going to further wreck the energy market there and drive business costs through the roof, worsening their looming collapse.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Ever since I was a kid in the 70’s, the rest of the country noted California was the place to be like to be cool. But for me, watching how the greenies and the fruits and nuts had taken the place over, told me just exactly how not to be. When I was in California in the late 80’s on military assignment, I noted my otherwise enjoyable drives were marred by windmills around the Sacramento area. Hideous to look at, let alone the money that had been spent to erect such ego-driven contrivances.

    Nowadays, I find out that body shops (I’m told) cannot use “real” car paint anymore there. They must use water-borne paints. Naturally, I’m also assuming that this is a monumentally (and needless) shift in forcing an industry to comply with utopian dreams.

    Then…there’s Hollyweird. Such an enormous sinkhole of lack-of-critical-thinking has ever existed since the days of Stalin. Purely emotional creatures who get paid to “feel” on camera, also think that should apply to real life in all situations and especially when saving whales or snail darters. Because of their immense popularity, people assume that what noises emanate from their oral cavities must be pure gold, so it gets printed, recorded, sound-bitten, etc. and the rest of the mentally lazy, non-critical thinkers lap it up and parrot that “point-of-view”. *sigh* Cher says something and the media has an orgasm. Madonna buys children from underdeveloped nations through very shady and most likely, illegal arrangement and she’s heralded as a bastion of human salvation. To say nothing of that fat, opinionated, filthy rich, pseudo-actor-cum-charlatan Oprah.

    Then, the basis for the US’s newfound “sexual revolution” was largely founded in California, again thanks to the help from Hollywood. And, it has worked out so very well.

    As I’ve said before, what it comes down to is choices. And California has made so many monumentally bad ones. They caused cars to have “smog pumps” which do nothing to increase fuel efficiency, are horribly expensive to maintain or repair and do more harm than good, and that’s just one thing about cars that’s a problem in California. People mean it when a new state regulation comes along that is expensive, cumbersome and unnecessary as being “Californicated”.

  3. NoNeoCommies says:

    Someone had better tell Jerry that oil may not be dead dinosaurs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abiogenic_petroleum_origin
    They should also remind him of our requirement for increased water storage capacity.
    It is interesting how “renewable” water flow can utilize gravity to generate electricity.

  4. proreason says:

    This is about redistributing the small amounts of wealth still retained by old-time Californians into the pockets of the marxist con men.

    On the other hand, if they weren’t smart enough to get out already, they deserve what they get.

  5. tranquil.night says:

    Who needs jobs anymore in the state anyway? Not like anyone wants to commute anymore with freeways parking lots and gas bound to reach 5$/gal here first.

    Meanwhile, 99 weeks of unemployment, food stamps, Medicaid/MediCal are far enough to hold onto that house or appartment, and start your own little industrial pot farm!

    Onward and ever higher, to the Green Utopia we go!

  6. Mae says:

    Leftie Twinklebrowntoes is in the process of putting the final stake through the heart of the Golden (Brass) State. Everyone dumb enough to vote for him this time around deserves all the ill that will come pounding into them.

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