Bent on thumbing his nose at the Trump Administration and low-income Americans, California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed legislation that would force the state to generate 100 percent of its electricity from carbon-free sources.
Nicknamed “Governor Moonbeam,” Brown has been at odds with Pres. Donald J. Trump and fellow Republicans who swept out Democrats in the 2016 elections. Gov. Brown has been a staunch “resist” and “obstruct” liberal who has endorsed sanctuary cities and wants California to be a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants. The recent legislation is a direct shot across the bow of the White House that will also have a crushing effect on low-income families.
Gov. Brown touted the legislation saying it was “sending a message to California and to the world that we’re going to meet the Paris agreement.”
Pres. Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Accord because it put harsh constraints on American businesses while allowing countries such as India to move forward with coal-fired power plants. The recently enacted law would force California to make a 100-percent shift by the year 2045. It seems apparent that Gov. Brown’s focus continues to be resisting the administration to the detriment of his state’s poorest citizens.
California already suffers that highest cost for electricity in the nation by an eye-raising 60 percent. The new extremist policy will further exacerbate an escalating energy cost problem expected to devastate those on the lower end of the economic scale.
According to a research study by Environmental Progress, electric costs increased at a rate five time faster than the rest of the nation. The recent law also fails to account for the storage costs associated with the renewable energy required by Gov. Brown and the California Democrats. Studies indicate that current renewable resources in the state generate energy three times slower during the winter months than summer. Shortfalls would require months of storage to meet the demand for the nearly 40 million Californians.
The Boston-based Clean Air Task Force calculates that for California to utilize just 80 percent of its energy from carbon-free sources, 9.6 terawatt-hours of storage would be needed. In common sense terms, California would need to purchase approximately 500 million Tesla Powerwalls. One Tesla Powerwall runs almost $6,000 per unit without installation.
Based on the vertical trend in electricity cost and the outlandish costs associated with the recent legislation, civil rights groups have brought a lawsuit against Gov. Brown and the state because their actions disproportionately impact the poor.
A coalition of rights groups calling themselves “The Two Hundred” filed a civil lawsuit to get an injunction against the California Air Resources Board. More specifically, the litigation targets the state’s carbon dioxide rules. The cost required to meet the liberal reduction scales are devastating low-income Californians.
In a 102-page document, the group asserts that California’s “reputation as a global climate leader is built on the state’s dual claims of substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously enjoying a thriving economy. Neither claim is true.”
The lawsuit points to hard data that suggests the state’s radical, left-wing policies “have a disparate negative impact on minority communities and are discriminatory against minority communities and their members.”
The claim points out that California’s policies with regards to high-priced housing, transportation, and energy amount to a regressive tax that is crushing the poor. The Two Hundred also claim that laws such a Gov. Brown’s recent anti-Trump legislation violate the Fair Employment and Housing Act.
“Every time they pass new regulations, the burden falls on the people who can least afford it,” Two Hundred representative John Gamboa reportedly said. “That’s the history of the environmental movement: They care more about spotted owls than brown babies.”
While the liberal governor seeks to parallel European countries that signed the Paris Accord, costs are expected to have a similarly devastating impact on the poor. Germany, for example, signed on to reduce its carbon-dioxide emission by 80 percent over the next 22 years. But from 2007 to 2018, Germany’s electricity costs have shot up by 50 percent. Germans now pay among the highest rates per kilowatt-hour in Europe. The Paris Accord is expected to drastically increase costs.
Everyday people favor a clean environment and a shift to renewable energy where possible. But elitists such as Governor Moonbeam plan to fund their high-brow success stories on the backs of America’s poorest citizens.
~ Freedom News Report