Los Angeles city Mayor Eric Garcetti posted a reminder for his constituents Sunday that should have served as a warning for anyone considering buying into the Democratic Party’s green energy agenda. It also provided fodder for humor on social media.
"It’s almost 3 p.m. Time to turn off major appliances, set the thermostat to 78 degrees (or use a fan instead), turn off excess lights and unplug any appliances you’re not using," the mayor tweeted.
"We need every Californian to help conserve energy. Please do your part."
The Wall Street Journal editorial board reported a month earlier that the plight of Californian’s should serve as "a warning to the rest of America about the risks of Green New Deal policies."
And, frequent Newsmax TV contributor Steve Forbes provided the reason for the Golden State’s energy shortage.
"In California, anti-fossil fuel mandates are leading to electricity shortages," he said.
Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather blamed the energy shortfall on every progressive’s boogyman: climate change.
"The climate crisis is as real as the COVID crisis," he tweeted. "Am I right California?"
Well, no. In truth the energy crisis was predictable (and predicted) and was manmade and therefore could have been avoided altogether.
California’s decision to rush into a transition from nuclear and fossil fuel to wind and solar as an energy source left its energy utilities flat-footed, and its citizens literally in the dark.
Sure, we’ve come a long way in developing renewable energy sources, but as California discovered, we’re not at the point where we can rely solely — or even substantially — on wind and solar.
The problem always comes down to one of storage. How do you store energy now for use when it’s needed later?
It’s easy to store energy from fossil fuels. It’s stored in tanks.
Energy from renewable sources is more problematic.
When Californians arrive home from work at night and increase their demand for energy usage to light and cool (or heat) their homes is the same time that the sun sets and the wind dies to a gentle evening breeze.
The only method to store renewable sources is through vast banks of batteries — expensive batteries that are actually harmful to the environment — batteries that California lacks.
Despite the shortcomings of wind and solar, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden unveiled a $2 trillion green energy plan in July, based on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s juvenile Green New Deal.
The former vice president vowed to "create millions of high-paying union jobs by building a modern infrastructure and a clean energy future."
Biden probably knows better. Former President Obama had much the same vision.
The result was billions of taxpayer dollars lost in failed green energy startups coupled with no job creation. More than $500 million was lost in a company called Solyndra alone.
But California’s woes have at least on good result: they’ve been the source of humor.
The Babylon Bee, a conservative satirical "news" site, asked readers Monday to "Check Out These 14 Beautiful Shots Of California's Cities At Night."
Each "shot" was identical: just a solid black rectangle without a hint of light.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a former U.S. Navy SEAL turned Texas Republican congressman, owned the internet (or at least Twitter) when he referred to the Los Angeles mayor’s tweet telling his city residents to lower their energy usage.
Crenshaw replied, "Alexa, show me what happens when you let Democrats control energy policy."
Brutal? Sure, but also funny.
That’s not to say that across-the-board energy from wind and solar is unachievable — it’s just not attainable at the present time.
But it won’t happen simply because a California governor or a President Biden wills it to be so. It will happen naturally, in the marketplace, more-than-likely by one or more of today’s energy giants like ConocoPhillips or ExxonMobil.
Remember California — especially on November 3.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range.
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