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Read latest on push for electric car subsidies

Embracing Green Mandates and Giveaways Isn’t Path to Conservative Success

A recent Politico article carried a provocative headline – “How California Republicans learned to buck Trump and love electric vehicles.” The article describes recent moves by legislative Republicans to support more government electric vehicle tax credits and funding for expanding and improving the state’s network of vehicle charging stations. The ...
Agriculture

Prop 12: Implementation aftereffects are just now becoming apparent

Under Proposition 12, veal calves must be provided 43 square feet of floor space, laying hens must be afforded 1 to 1.5 square feet of cage-free space either indoors or outdoors, and breeding pigs (sows) must be provided at least 24 square feet of space in a pen without touching ...
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Girding For The Cost Of A Grid Upgrade

Demand will be roughly 336,000 gigawatt hours while supply will reach only about 280,000 gigawatt hours without a miracle. But even if somehow supply satisfies demand, the infrastructure that carries electrons is so creaky that there is no guarantee that the power will arrive where it’s needed. A pair of ...
Agriculture

May is National Mental Health Month

Mental health should take center stage in rural communities

Recent data highlighting the loss of farms and ranches throughout the United States in the Census of Agriculture from the United States Department of Agriculture should bring particular attention to the stressors in rural communities. To put the national losses in perspective, the U.S. lost an average of 545 farms ...
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Lawmakers are pushing again to ban plastic bags

The Plastic Bag Nags Are Still Wrong

Golden State policymakers seem to fear the strangest things. While they constantly go on about how they’re going to solve the housing crisis, end homelessness, fight crime, restore previous generations’ quality of life and steady an economy that has a shaky outlook, they don’t appear to be moved by the ...
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Spending Watch

Consumers, Not ‘Polluters’, Would Be Hard Hit by New Climate Tax Legislation

Consumers, Not ‘Polluters’, Would Be Hard Hit by New Climate Tax Legislation Wayne Winegarden     May 2024 SB-1497, the Polluters Pay Climate Cost Recovery Act of 2024, purports to “require fossil fuel polluters to pay their fair share of the damage caused by the sale of their products…to relieve a ...
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Read about the latest attack on fossil fuels

Designated For Destruction: California’s Economic Oxygen

The Polluters Pay Climate Cost Recovery Act, Senate Bill 1497, requires “fossil fuel polluters to pay their fair share of the damage caused by the sale of their products.” The “responsible parties” are defined as entities that between the 2000 and 2020 calendar years, did business in the state or ...
Commentary

Why turn off lights for Earth Day when California is already growing dark?

Earth Day 2024 is today and Californians are being encouraged to turn off their lights. For now, it would be a voluntary exercise in futility. In a few years, though, maybe even this summer, the lights will go out on their own, as the grid becomes shakier while the state ...
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Read latest about push for electric vehicles

Will Electric Vehicle Push Make Any Difference In Lowering Emissions? Science Says Probably Not.

Let’s first look at indisputable facts. Carbon dioxide level as a portion of our atmosphere is now 425 parts per million (or 0.0425%), as measured at Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, up from 317 PPM in 1960. (About 500 million years ago, CO2 reached 7,000 PPM.) To understand just how ...
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Read the latest on CA's energy policy

Can California Really Power 25 Million Homes Via Offshore Wind Farms By 2045?

California is relying heavily on offshore wind to take it to the nirvana of a carbon-neutral power grid in 2045. Sacramento believes so intensely in the concept that lawmakers recently introduced a bill that would allow voters to decide in the fall of 2024 if a $1 billion bond should be ...
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Read latest on push for electric car subsidies

Embracing Green Mandates and Giveaways Isn’t Path to Conservative Success

A recent Politico article carried a provocative headline – “How California Republicans learned to buck Trump and love electric vehicles.” The article describes recent moves by legislative Republicans to support more government electric vehicle tax credits and funding for expanding and improving the state’s network of vehicle charging stations. The ...
Agriculture

Prop 12: Implementation aftereffects are just now becoming apparent

Under Proposition 12, veal calves must be provided 43 square feet of floor space, laying hens must be afforded 1 to 1.5 square feet of cage-free space either indoors or outdoors, and breeding pigs (sows) must be provided at least 24 square feet of space in a pen without touching ...
Blog

Girding For The Cost Of A Grid Upgrade

Demand will be roughly 336,000 gigawatt hours while supply will reach only about 280,000 gigawatt hours without a miracle. But even if somehow supply satisfies demand, the infrastructure that carries electrons is so creaky that there is no guarantee that the power will arrive where it’s needed. A pair of ...
Agriculture

May is National Mental Health Month

Mental health should take center stage in rural communities

Recent data highlighting the loss of farms and ranches throughout the United States in the Census of Agriculture from the United States Department of Agriculture should bring particular attention to the stressors in rural communities. To put the national losses in perspective, the U.S. lost an average of 545 farms ...
Blog

Lawmakers are pushing again to ban plastic bags

The Plastic Bag Nags Are Still Wrong

Golden State policymakers seem to fear the strangest things. While they constantly go on about how they’re going to solve the housing crisis, end homelessness, fight crime, restore previous generations’ quality of life and steady an economy that has a shaky outlook, they don’t appear to be moved by the ...
Blog

Spending Watch

Consumers, Not ‘Polluters’, Would Be Hard Hit by New Climate Tax Legislation

Consumers, Not ‘Polluters’, Would Be Hard Hit by New Climate Tax Legislation Wayne Winegarden     May 2024 SB-1497, the Polluters Pay Climate Cost Recovery Act of 2024, purports to “require fossil fuel polluters to pay their fair share of the damage caused by the sale of their products…to relieve a ...
Blog

Read about the latest attack on fossil fuels

Designated For Destruction: California’s Economic Oxygen

The Polluters Pay Climate Cost Recovery Act, Senate Bill 1497, requires “fossil fuel polluters to pay their fair share of the damage caused by the sale of their products.” The “responsible parties” are defined as entities that between the 2000 and 2020 calendar years, did business in the state or ...
Commentary

Why turn off lights for Earth Day when California is already growing dark?

Earth Day 2024 is today and Californians are being encouraged to turn off their lights. For now, it would be a voluntary exercise in futility. In a few years, though, maybe even this summer, the lights will go out on their own, as the grid becomes shakier while the state ...
Blog

Read latest about push for electric vehicles

Will Electric Vehicle Push Make Any Difference In Lowering Emissions? Science Says Probably Not.

Let’s first look at indisputable facts. Carbon dioxide level as a portion of our atmosphere is now 425 parts per million (or 0.0425%), as measured at Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, up from 317 PPM in 1960. (About 500 million years ago, CO2 reached 7,000 PPM.) To understand just how ...
Commentary

Read the latest on CA's energy policy

Can California Really Power 25 Million Homes Via Offshore Wind Farms By 2045?

California is relying heavily on offshore wind to take it to the nirvana of a carbon-neutral power grid in 2045. Sacramento believes so intensely in the concept that lawmakers recently introduced a bill that would allow voters to decide in the fall of 2024 if a $1 billion bond should be ...
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