Jerry Brown Breaks Out.

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Yesterday, I stated my reservations concerning a “green power” energy bill requiring the state of California to generate 33% of its energy output by 2020, a bill  that Jerry Brown is expected to sign. Now comes word that the Governor has abandoned budget talks with the recalcitrant Republicans, and is going to get things done his way…..

GOOD!

I’m not for higher taxes, and I’m skittish about the energy proposal.

BUT…

Jerry Brown and the Democrats won the last election fair and square. They have the overwhelming majority and should be able implement the policies they envision as best for California. As Republicans so often remind us, states are the laboratories of the country. It’s there that we learn which policies work and which ones don’t. I may personally disagree with much that will come out of Sacramento in the next few years, but… so be it.

The Democrats have won the overwhelming majority, Republicans slid further into the minority. They’ve earned their shot at running the experiment their way, and that’s the way it is.

That said,  I wonder….  How many Republicans who were so willing to cheer on Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his majority Republican legislature for asserting their majority power, are going to be the loudest voices whining that the California Democrats are acting like bullies or short-circuiting the democratic process?

The bitching begins in 3…  2…  1….

The Sad State Of California – California Doubles Down On Green Energy.

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They are mandating that renewable energy be 33% of all energy generated in CA by 2020. That is only a nine year window. Well, I wish I were wrong, but this type of strategy has not worked for any country that has tried it. No state or country has ever been able to install alternative energy without massive subsidies and great cost – something California can neither provide or afford. Say good-bye to any hope of substantial economic growth in California for the next nine years!

The good news is that state Democrats are all but guaranteeing a Republican resurgence by 2020… Oh, these are California republicans… Never Mind.

PS.  I hope I’m wrong, I really do. But alt energy requires huge amounts of subsidies and has never been shown to be a huge jobs provider. Plus, because energy form solar and wind is sporadic, you always need traditional sources to fall back on, something CA has long neglected to invest in. We could build a few more nuke plants, but after Japan, and the way people were freaking out about it here…..  Nope. I expect more rolling black-out are in our future.