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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 about latest government green mandates

The Californization Of Colorado

Should Colorado take the plunge and embrace burdensome green mandates, state residents will soon discover just how damaging the California approach is. Like California, economic growth in Colorado will slow and families – particularly low-income families – will struggle with energy unaffordability. Making these costs even harder to justify, the ...
Agriculture

Read latest about war on agriculture

Solution to CA’s farm loss is through proactively working with ag community

The U.S. Census of Agriculture shows a distinct acceleration of farm losses between 2007 and 2022. Yet, farms are not altogether disappearing in California. According to census data released earlier this spring, there was a peak in the number of farms reported in California in 2007 with 81,033 recorded. In ...
Business & Economics

Robert Bryce and Tyson Culver – Juice, Power, Politics and the Grid

Filmmakers Robert Bryce and Tyson Culver join us to discuss their new docuseries Juice, which explores how misguided government energy policies and cronyism are threatening energy reliability and affordability.  Also, Rowena and Tim discuss why Gov. Newsom is delaying his State of the State address and the latest legislative proposal ...
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Read the latest about green mandates

Yet Again, Less Power To The People

Does anyone in the California Capitol subscribe to the Washington Post? Maybe someone on the governor’s staff, or an aide to an influential legislator? Because the Post published on March 7 an informative story that should be passed around to every lawmaker in Sacramento. Start with the headline (and a ...
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 ...
Commentary

Read about latest government green mandates

The Californization Of Colorado

Should Colorado take the plunge and embrace burdensome green mandates, state residents will soon discover just how damaging the California approach is. Like California, economic growth in Colorado will slow and families – particularly low-income families – will struggle with energy unaffordability. Making these costs even harder to justify, the ...
Agriculture

Read latest about war on agriculture

Solution to CA’s farm loss is through proactively working with ag community

The U.S. Census of Agriculture shows a distinct acceleration of farm losses between 2007 and 2022. Yet, farms are not altogether disappearing in California. According to census data released earlier this spring, there was a peak in the number of farms reported in California in 2007 with 81,033 recorded. In ...
Business & Economics

Robert Bryce and Tyson Culver – Juice, Power, Politics and the Grid

Filmmakers Robert Bryce and Tyson Culver join us to discuss their new docuseries Juice, which explores how misguided government energy policies and cronyism are threatening energy reliability and affordability.  Also, Rowena and Tim discuss why Gov. Newsom is delaying his State of the State address and the latest legislative proposal ...
Blog

Read the latest about green mandates

Yet Again, Less Power To The People

Does anyone in the California Capitol subscribe to the Washington Post? Maybe someone on the governor’s staff, or an aide to an influential legislator? Because the Post published on March 7 an informative story that should be passed around to every lawmaker in Sacramento. Start with the headline (and a ...
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