California Descends Deeper Into Self-Destruction

Friday, April 22, 2011
By Paul Martin

By Ron Ross
Spectator.org

California — it’s the best place to live and it’s the worst place to live. The physical climate is almost ideal and the political climate, if you’re a conservative, is surreal. Through their politicians and bureaucrats Californians seem hell bent on destroying the state’s vast potential. It’s a painful sight to witness.
The latest, all too typical, example is a law signed by Governor Jerry Brown last week mandating new renewable energy requirements for electric utilities in the state. The new law requires that 33 percent of electricity generated be done with “renewable” sources, essentially wind mills and solar panels, by the end of the year 2020. What’s the objective of this “ambitious” new regulation?

To answer that question you first need to understand that California has a wildly inflated sense of self-importance. Californians actually believe they have the ability and duty to save the planet. Humility is clearly not their strong suit.

California has a population of roughly 37 million. That is barely half of one percent of the world’s population. If Californians reduce their “carbon footprint” by a third (a very tall order), that will reduce humanity’s carbon footprint by one sixth of one percent. I hate to tell my fellow Californians, but there is no way on earth that will make an iota’s worth of difference.

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