Been Writing About This for Years : “Green” Energy Bias Killing California

Russ Steele

I have been a follower of Joel Kotkin as an urban geographer for years, and he has new article in The Daily Beast, that has been refocused on just California by Walter Russell Mead at the American Interest Blog.

“Green” Energy Bias Killing California

California’s dysfunctional alliance between suburban greens urban machines has killed what could and should have been a boom, writes Joel Kotkin at The Daily Beast. As part of a large piece about the political danger to the Democrats that comes from fighting the transformational “brown jobs” boom, Kotkin points out that Californians are turning their backs on a bonanza.

Nowhere is the element of choice inherent in energy policy more evident than in California, home to five of the nation’s twelve largest oil fields and energy reserves equal to those of Nigeria, the world’s tenth-largest producer. As high-paying energy jobs swell payrolls in the Great Plains, the Intermountain West and parts of the Gulf, the Golden State has double-digit unemployment, a collapsed inland economy and a series of bankrupt municipalities. Amidst a great national energy boom, California’s energy production has remained stunted even as the state’s draconian “renewable” energy mandates are slated to drive up its already high electricity rates. The state’s high cost of energy has impacted industry:  despite its vast human and natural resources, the Golden State, with 12 percent of the nation’s population received barely 2 percent of the country’s manufacturing expansions last year.

Such inattention to California’s resources may be popular in wealthy precincts of Silicon Valley, San Francisco and west Los Angeles, but the state’s green approach has helped place traditionally manufacturing-oriented communities such as Oakland, east Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Stockton in deep distress. Despite central California’s vast deposits of oil and gas, unemployment rates in some oil-rich areas there are over 15 and sometimes even 20 percent.

As economic forecaster Bill Watkins recently told an audience in hard-hit Santa Maria: “If you were in Texas, you’d be rich.”

You can Read the Rest of the Article HERE.

The real questions is when will we get tired of being ruled by environmental elites and remove these folks from office and return California to the economic powerhouse it once was?


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.

One Response to Been Writing About This for Years : “Green” Energy Bias Killing California

  1. Redman2 says:

    It is really sad to read this but underscores why some of us are leaving.

    Living in gold country, Russ, you probably know about an earlier “green” movement that shut down hydraulic gold mining in the 1800’s. The alleged evils of this type of mining generated a misguided populist campaign to save supposedly threatened farmland. For all practical purposes it ended gold mining.

    Here is a link to an article that shows what lengths mining companies took preventing mud from ruining good farm land and how much they paid for it. The Cherokee Mine in Butte County bought marginal grazing land for their mud flows. Scroll down and read about the Cherokee Mine that had 1600 nozzles going 24 hours a day. (And about the 54 pound nugget found at Dogtown, now Magalia.) The old mud flows can be seen on either side of the cutoff from 99E to Hwy. 70 south of Chico.

    For what it’s worth, Table Mountain stretches to the south from the old Cherokee Mine all the way to Oroville. Under it is enough gold to probably fill Ft Knox. Given today’s technology it is possible, but exceedingly unlikely, that it could be mined – exactly like California’s offshore oil deposits. We seem to be locked forever in a fantasy world where paper “money” can be created at a politician’s whim, and windmills and roof top solar panels can replace giant generators fueled by petroleum. Crazy.

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