Green Energy Panic

Russ Steele

The German government fears voters who maybe very angry about the potential explosion in electric energy prices resulting from the pursuit renewable energy.   Spiegel Online has the story:

Is the green energy transition crumbling? The German government fears the price explosion – and punishment by voters. Concern about rising electricity prices is politically understandable. Because with all due sympathy for nuclear phase-out and green energy – if their own money is involved, many citizens do not care much about their green principles anymore. And since the green energy transformation is one of the key projects of Chancellor Angela Merkel, the voters’ anger about price increases could also be expressed by withdrawing of support for those responsible in the general election in 2013. This is at least what many in the coalition government fear. Philipp Wittrock and Florian Gathmann, Spiegel Online, 17 July 2012

My question it what will California voters do when energy prices soar when AB-32 Cap and Trade is fully implemented in 2013. We are going to have a practice run after the fall election. We recently learned that CARB and WCI will not have to comply with the California Open Meeting Laws.

CalWatchDog highlights two studies that predict AB-32 will crash the California economy:

Two new studies are predicting economic devastation in California as the myriad regulations and costs resulting from AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, take effect in the next eight years. The hit to state residents will total $35 billion in 2020 —  exceeding California’s combined revenue from sales taxes, corporation taxes, insurance taxes, estate taxes, liquor taxes, tobacco taxes and vehicle fees, according to a study by Andrew Chang & Company for the California Manufacturers & Technology Association. The average family will pay an extra $2,500 by 2020 due to increased energy prices.


The state’s outlook is not much better in the other report, which was prepared by The Boston Consulting Group for the Western States Petroleum Association. It’s key findings include:

* Gas prices could increase by $2.70 per gallon in California, depending on the cost of carbon.
* Due to refinery closures, California could lose 28,000-51,000 jobs, including many high-paying skilled manufacturing jobs, as well as indirect job losses due to multiplier effects.
* California could lose up to $ 4.4 billion of tax revenue per year by 2020.
* There will be a wealth transfer of at least $3.7 billion per year by 2020 from refineries and fuel suppliers to the California Air Resources Board as a result of purchasing allowances.
* California’s climate-change regulations will discourage energy intensive industries from locating in the state, and existing industry will have an incentive to leave the state.

“The findings of this research are sobering,” wrote WSPA President Catherine Reheis-Boyd in a June 18 letter to Gov. Jerry Brown. “Californians know all too well that, no matter how well intended, innovative energy policies may result in unintended consequences. CARB’s climate change regulations for fuel providers and fuels are exactly these innovative, first-of-their-kind policies that may result in serious and unintended consequences.

It is always the unintended consequences that cost the most. My question is when will the green panic strike California? When will voters demand accountability.  There is growing evidence that science behind AB-32 is flawed. Even the UN IPCC has admitted By its actions, the IPCC Admits Its Past Reports Were Unreliable

California used those unreliable UN IPCC reports as justification for AB-32!  From Page 8 of the Climate Action Team Report to Governor Schwarzenegger and the Legislature, March 2006.  This was the report justifying AB-32!

The Third Assessment Report of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, Synthesis Report, 2001) and the National Research Council of the National Academies (NRC, 2001) conclude that the global climate is changing at a rate unmatched in the past 1,000 years. The IPCC assessment cites new and stronger evidence that most of the global warming observed over the last 50 years is attributable to human activities and that anthropogenic climate change will persist for many centuries.

With this graphic on page 9.

We now know that the science used to craft AB-32 was bunk science by the UN IPCC’s own admission and multiple studies showing the climate models are wrong and the “hockey stick” is broken.  This is the science used to justify rising energy prices in the state. When will green panic come to California?  Any change will have to come from voters, with the science broken, we are only left with the politics of extortion. Our only option  is to vote the Democrats that create this mess out of office!


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.

8 Responses to Green Energy Panic

  1. Dena says:

    I am not sure the California voter will notice very much. Consider two facts. The first is much of the higher cost will be hidden in the price they pay to buy something other than an energy produce such as water or a store needing to cover their higher energy prices. The second way it would be hidden could be automatic payment of their power bill. Some people never look at their bank statements other than to see the remaining balance. Even if they look at the power payment, they may not track it over time to see how it has changed.
    Unless they make an effort to understand where their money is going, I suspect you will hear little from the California voter.

  2. Sean says:

    Spain is the better analogy to California than Germany. Germany has a very healthy manufacturing ecomony. I am not sure California does. Spain was doing really well with the Euro and a real estate boom because of low interest rates when they went whole hog for renewable energy. Now they are at 25% unemployment and banks are failing so there is a combination of green energy policies on top of a banking and real estate mess.

  3. Arthur M. Day. says:

    Smart religions never make promises they will have to keep in your lifetime. The Watermelon Worshipers are demonstrably not smart, but they are unnecessarily destructive.

  4. Check this out:

    This is the hoax CARB is using to promote Cap and Trade.

  5. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    Living under a rock I see Mr Anderson – watermelon = green on the outside, red on the inside

    Stuff like gas will drive it home – not sure what Hollywood has to do with much? they have been filming everywhere cheaper for awhile. I’m sure most have residences elsewhere that the claim as primary

    • Dixon Cruickshank says:

      Actually I’m guessing most hope they will be retired in the next 7 to 10 yrs collecting that fat pension in Scottsdale. Thats when the rubber will really start hitting the road.

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