Been There, Done That on Imposing New Energy Burdens on Minority Communities
Inspired by California’s “green energy” agenda, the Biden Administration is pushing a #Justice40 agenda, which aims to improve minority communities, but will actually impose huge new mandates, costs, and taxes on the very communities they aim to help.
California Has “Been There, Done That”
How California’s Costly Energy Mandates Could
|“Lower and middle-income Californians . . . bear a disproportionate share of the burden from higher gas prices . . .
“These higher prices aren’t due to oil company greed or ‘windfall profits,’ but rather are the result of costly, California-exclusive energy mandates imposed over the years by state policymakers. These mandates include cap-and-trade regulations, motor vehicle fuel standards that require emissions to be cut by 34 percent in California by 2025, low-carbon fuel standards, and expensive electric vehicle subsidies.”
— “To Give Californians Real Relief from High Gas Prices, Sacramento Must Legislate Energy Prosperity,” Tim Anaya and Wayne Winegarden, Right by the Bay, 4/7/22
|“Not surprisingly, Gov. Newsom signed controversial legislation (Assembly Bill 1346) to ban the sale of gas-powered lawn equipment. The new law will be another costly burden on the estimated nearly 8,300 landscaping businesses in the state, many of whom are minority entrepreneurs.”
— “Gas-Powered Lawn Equipment Ban Another Major Burden on Minority Entrepreneurs,” Tim Anaya, Right by the Bay, 10/18/21
|“Not only are policymakers imposing higher energy burdens on poor and minority communities, they are also using public dollars for giveaways to the rich – all in the name of energy-efficient cars.
“For years, Sacramento has played car salesman through expensive, taxpayer and ratepayer-funded subsidies for higher-priced electric cars . . . Only the wealthiest Californians are really benefiting from these programs. 79 percent of these electric subsidies are claimed by households making more than $100,000 per year.”
Bring Energy Savings to Minority Communities
|The Biden Administration is right to focus on improving minority communities but imposing new government energy mandates and spending more on taxpayer-funded subsidies that benefit the wealthy won’t bring relief to families that are struggling to make ends meet.
Alternatively, they should look to adopt market-based energy policies in lieu of the status quo government energy policy mix that has contributed to record-higher prices for gas and electricity in California. PRI’s research has shown the potential energy savings if California repealed or reformed these costly laws: