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State nowhere near meeting unrealistic energy goals, and that’s a good thing

California is barreling toward its 2030 greenhouse gas emissions target. Will it make it? The Legislative Analyst’s Office doesn’t seem to think so. By statute, emissions are to be at 40 percent of 1990 levels by 2030, then 85 percent below by 2045. The California Air Resources Board recently set …

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Lack of Transmission Lines Could Slow State’s Renewable Energy Transformation

Connecting wind and solar farms to the grid is going to require a massive construction binge. The ​​California Independent System Operator isn’t saying how many miles of power line will have to be built, but reports the Sacramento Bee, “several agencies project the grid will need to roughly triple its …

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Solving Two Problems At Once: Desalination And Nuclear Go Hand In Hand

Two of California’s most pressing problems are a growing scarcity of both water and power. Solving them does not require two separate efforts, though. They can be done together. Declaring atomic energy to be a renewable source of energy and then embarking on a building campaign would relieve the strain …

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Congress Needs to Look Beyond Green Energy

Current U.S. energy policy continues to subsidize uneconomical and inefficient sources of politically preferred energy while punishing the production and generation of reliable and cheap energy sources. As taxpayers, workers, and consumers we are paying a steep price for these irrational policies. Starting with the policies that punish domestic energy …

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The Prohibitions Will Continue … Until There’s Nothing Left To Ban

In both cases, the unelected members of the California Air Resources Board are making decisions that kill consumer choice.   CARB’s unanimous Sept. 22 vote phases out sales of natural gas and water heaters by 2030, pending a final board approval in 2025 of the rules that are to be …

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Columnist Has a Nuclear Meltdown

Even for a news outlet whose analyses of cutting-edge technologies are often flawed, a recent New York Times article by columnist Farhad Manjoo was exceptionally misguided. Titled “Nuclear Power Still Doesn’t Make Sense,” it is, in fact, the article that doesn’t make sense. Manjoo does recognize that nuclear power is important now, citing …

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On Health Care, Energy, and Education, A To-Do List for the New Congress

Recent public opinion surveys highlight the policy priorities that voters have for the next Congress:   90 percent of those surveyed in a July Kaiser Family Foundation health tracking poll said health care costs, including prescription drug costs, were very or somewhat important issue upon which they would decide their …

Education

Policy To-Do Lists

Policy to-do Lists for Congress “The new Congress faces unfinished business: they need to expand patient choice and competition in health care, including rolling back the new price controls on drugs that discourage innovation and competition, reverse the pandemic’s effects on student learning, and eliminate expensive and burdensome government energy …

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Nick Loris – The Impact of “Green” Policies

Our guest this week is Nick Loris, Vice President of Public Policy at C3 Solutions, short for Conservative Coalition for Climate Solutions.

Blackouts

Are Europe’s Energy Problems A Preview of Things to Come in California?

As Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a package of climate bills that supercharge the rush to renewable energy, much of Europe was preparing for a winter shivering in the dark. Why does California think that the problems created by a reckless commitment to green energy elsewhere will bypass this state?   …

Commentary

State nowhere near meeting unrealistic energy goals, and that’s a good thing

California is barreling toward its 2030 greenhouse gas emissions target. Will it make it? The Legislative Analyst’s Office doesn’t seem to think so. By statute, emissions are to be at 40 percent of 1990 levels by 2030, then 85 percent below by 2045. The California Air Resources Board recently set …

Blog

Lack of Transmission Lines Could Slow State’s Renewable Energy Transformation

Connecting wind and solar farms to the grid is going to require a massive construction binge. The ​​California Independent System Operator isn’t saying how many miles of power line will have to be built, but reports the Sacramento Bee, “several agencies project the grid will need to roughly triple its …

Blog

Solving Two Problems At Once: Desalination And Nuclear Go Hand In Hand

Two of California’s most pressing problems are a growing scarcity of both water and power. Solving them does not require two separate efforts, though. They can be done together. Declaring atomic energy to be a renewable source of energy and then embarking on a building campaign would relieve the strain …

Blog

Congress Needs to Look Beyond Green Energy

Current U.S. energy policy continues to subsidize uneconomical and inefficient sources of politically preferred energy while punishing the production and generation of reliable and cheap energy sources. As taxpayers, workers, and consumers we are paying a steep price for these irrational policies. Starting with the policies that punish domestic energy …

Blog

The Prohibitions Will Continue … Until There’s Nothing Left To Ban

In both cases, the unelected members of the California Air Resources Board are making decisions that kill consumer choice.   CARB’s unanimous Sept. 22 vote phases out sales of natural gas and water heaters by 2030, pending a final board approval in 2025 of the rules that are to be …

Commentary

Columnist Has a Nuclear Meltdown

Even for a news outlet whose analyses of cutting-edge technologies are often flawed, a recent New York Times article by columnist Farhad Manjoo was exceptionally misguided. Titled “Nuclear Power Still Doesn’t Make Sense,” it is, in fact, the article that doesn’t make sense. Manjoo does recognize that nuclear power is important now, citing …

Blog

On Health Care, Energy, and Education, A To-Do List for the New Congress

Recent public opinion surveys highlight the policy priorities that voters have for the next Congress:   90 percent of those surveyed in a July Kaiser Family Foundation health tracking poll said health care costs, including prescription drug costs, were very or somewhat important issue upon which they would decide their …

Education

Policy To-Do Lists

Policy to-do Lists for Congress “The new Congress faces unfinished business: they need to expand patient choice and competition in health care, including rolling back the new price controls on drugs that discourage innovation and competition, reverse the pandemic’s effects on student learning, and eliminate expensive and burdensome government energy …

Energy

Nick Loris – The Impact of “Green” Policies

Our guest this week is Nick Loris, Vice President of Public Policy at C3 Solutions, short for Conservative Coalition for Climate Solutions.

Blackouts

Are Europe’s Energy Problems A Preview of Things to Come in California?

As Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a package of climate bills that supercharge the rush to renewable energy, much of Europe was preparing for a winter shivering in the dark. Why does California think that the problems created by a reckless commitment to green energy elsewhere will bypass this state?   …

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