Bummer: California Hates Fossil Fuels But Needs Them For Power

Does California really hate fossil fuels? Obviously, the minority which votes Republican doesn’t. But, what of the typical Democrat voter? They profess they hate fossil fuels and want them gone, and support silly initiatives like suing fossil fuels companies, blocking construction of new gas stations, doing away with the sale of fossil fueled vehicles in the near future, forcing Other People onto public transportation, and others. And. certainly the elected Democrats and their appointees hate them. But, see, there are two problems. First, almost all these people are refusing to give up their own use of fossil fuels. Second

California scorns fossil fuel but can’t keep the lights on without it

California wants to quit fossil fuels. Just not yet.

Faced with a fragile electrical grid and the prospect of summertime blackouts, the state agreed to put aside hundreds of millions of dollars to buy power from fossil fuel plants that are scheduled to shut down as soon as next year.

That has prompted a backlash from environmental groups and lawmakers who say Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s approach could end up extending the life of gas plants that have been on-track to close for more than a decade and could threaten the state’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2045.

“The emphasis that the governor has been making is ‘We’re going to be Climate Leaders; we’re going to do 100 percent clean energy; we’re going to lead the nation and the world,’” said V. John White, executive director of the Sacramento-based Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, a non-profit group of environmental advocates and clean energy companies. “Yet, at least a part of this plan means going the opposite direction.”

It’s all fun and games until the Cold Dead Mackerel Of Reality slaps them in the face. It’s really easy to believe in Doing Something about anthropogenic climate change in theory, not so much in practice. Want to put up off and on short wind turbines? That’s great, right up till extreme enviros and rich folks who like their views sue. Solar farms? Yeah, same enviroweenies will sue to stop them over something or other.

The legislation, which some Democrats labeled as “lousy” and “crappy,” reflects the reality of climate change. Heat waves are already straining power capacity, and the transition to cleaner energy isn’t coming fast enough to meet immediate needs in the nation’s most populous state.

Officials have warned that outages would be possible this summer, with as many as 3.75 million California homes losing power in a worst-case scenario of a West-wide heat wave and insufficient electrical supplies, particularly in the evenings.

It’s also an acknowledgment of the political reality that blackouts are hazardous to elected officials, even in a state dominated by one party.

Yeah, well, California has been pushing this for decades, and still doesn’t have the power generation necessary to replace coal, oil, and nuclear. If the leftist there really Believe, they should be willing to suffer for those beliefs, right?

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11 Responses to “Bummer: California Hates Fossil Fuels But Needs Them For Power”

  1. Hairy says:

    No surprise
    It will take decades for Cali to wean itself from addiction to fossil fuels.

    Death of another coal power plant.
    Construction originally began in 1969 as a nuke plant. But after wasting 5 billion received an “F” on construction standards. So they converted it to coal. At an additional cost of 3 billion. Our first nuke to coal transformation conversion in 1991
    After 31 years had to be closed, no customers could be found for its dirty electricity

    • Jl says:

      Johnny-why should California “wean itself” from fossil fuels?
      You guys just love to start your “arguments” from a false premise and go from there.
      So much easier that way- no evidence required

  2. H says:

    Electricity generated by coal comprises 0.2% of total electricity
    Cali needs to reduce its carbon generated electricity vy 2% per year to meet its 2045 goal.
    Typicalky Cali poweroutages from not having enough power last about 60 mins. Inconvenient? Yes.more than enough for Teach overreact? Most definitely

  3. UnkleC says:

    Hairy, it is not my custom to wish harm on anyone who is not threatening me, my family, or innocents, but you’re trying my patience.
    I hope you or anyone you care about doesn’t have home medical equipment that relies on electricity when this insanity comes to your area. It doesn’t require rocket science to realize that FF are far from being replaced and the replacements are currently both inadequate and unreliable. The math is indisputable, however most of the squeaky climate wheels have little concept of how things are made, preserved, moved, or used much less the scale of things.

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      The far-right Independent State of Texas has its own power grid, yet suffers from poor electricity support during the cold winters and hot summers. Hundreds died in the previous Texas deep freeze. And yes we know that Republicuns blamed windmills but that was a lie, and besides, Texas manages its own system, ’cause don’t mess with Texas.

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  4. James Lewis says:

    Dear Elwood:

    Actually the Texas grid can connect to other grids. The problem was two fold.

    The main reason was that the windmills failed to perform as the man made global warming freaks thought they would.

    The second, was just like CA’s.

    CA’s problem is that they haven’t been adding enough capacity to keep up with the growth of cellphones, computers, big screen YV’s, etc.

    Just think what’s gonna happen when all those EV’s try to charge.

    You dumb ass Lefties are destroying us.

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