California’s misguided climate change priorities

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According to a new study released last month, California’s wildfires in 2020 spewed nearly 127 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere.  This was twice the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that California had achieved over 18 years, according to the UCLA-University of Chicago study.

Likewise, California’s 2018 wildfires generated more than nine times the emissions than California had reduced in 2017, according to Beacon Economics.

In short, at the very time that California’s war on fossil fuels has made keeping the lights on more expensive and less dependable, its failure to have an effective wildfire mitigation policy threatens to neutralize the benefits of its costly war on carbon.

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