Prop 23 Update: Socializing Your Power Bill

Russ Steele

Wayne Lusvardi writing at Cal Watchdog has the details on how the middle class will end up paying the lower classes water and power bills.  A stealthy way for the left to implement socialism in California.

The mere mention of the words Cap and Trade in California and people just tune out because it sounds too complicated to understand.   While it is complicated, it is nevertheless understandable.

What we’re learning about the California’s Cap and Trade program is that it is ending up as a giant government program to socialize the extraordinarily high rates that will be added to your electricity, natural gas and water bills from shifting to 33 percent green power in California by 2020.

Plans are in the works to include some form of rebate in your water and power bills for the higher cost of green power.  But it will be politically determined who gets larger or smaller rebates.  According to a report by the think tank Next 10, low-income and low-volume energy users are insulated by law against any energy increases in their utility bills due to the high cost of Green Power.  So it will be the middle class that ends up bearing the higher costs for green power for lower-income communities.

By socialized electricity rates is not meant the placing of power companies under government ownership or control.   What is meant is the spreading of higher energy costs from rebates by a formula to be politically determined.  Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, did not nationalize or socialize the means of producing electric power.  But it will be socializing or spreading the higher cost of green power to the middle class.

There could be some unintended consequences built in to this socialization of energy use.  With the middle class paying the lower class electric bills, the lower class maybe encouraged to increase their energy usage, someone else is paying the bill.  They may in fact believe that if they use more energy that they will receive more rebate. This would be counter CARBs goal of reducing energy use as the energy sector switches to wind and solar power.

Who would have thought it would be possible to use water and energy bills to kill the middle class and implement state wide socialism? Oh those crafty lefties in the State Legislature and their progressive thinking tank buddies. Right!


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

3 Responses to Prop 23 Update: Socializing Your Power Bill

  1. Sean says:

    Remember, the factory or company that low income people work at will be paying much higher rates so there will be downward pressure on wages for the companies that stay. Additionally, how many other companies with low profit margins will just pack it in and go elsewhere. The poor and lower class will get screwed by all this nonsense. They always do. CARB’s only hope is that there are enough layers between it and the consumer that folks thinks its the energy companies and their employers who are cause of their new misery.

  2. RL Crabb says:

    Dan Morain, from today’s Sac Bee…”California has an alliance with Quebec to create a market in which emission credits will be bought and sold, overseen by a nonprofit headquartered in Delaware. Goldman Sachs will be involved. What could possibly go wrong?”

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