California Democrats rushed headlong into a Green New Deal and residents are now suffering blackouts during the hottest month on record.
Former Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law in 2018 that requires the state to achieve 100 percent renewable energy production by 2045. The modest efforts to pivot away from fossil fuel power plants in just two years has been a disastrous failure. Solar and wind farms intended to power the most populated state in the union have fallen flat, forcing rolling blackouts because even the semi-green grid simply cannot deliver. The so-called “Golden State” has been stung by a heatwave that has residents desperate for relief from HVAC and air conditioning units.
When enough air conditioners are running in a huge city like Los Angeles, power demand spikes. It turns out that the California energy grid can’t keep up. That’s why the mayor of L.A. is asking people to unplug appliances and use a fan instead of the AC, even in 100+ degree heat waves. The shortage is so severe that he asked “every Californian to help conserve energy.”
That description isn’t entirely fair to the government of California. You see, the state has hemorrhaged three quarters of a million residents this year, and every summer has 100+ degree heat. So, why is the power draw worse now with substantially fewer people in the state and L.A. area?
Perhaps the reason has something to do with leadership. Democrats have been in charge of the state almost continually since Ronald Reagan was Governor in the 70’s. During that time Democrat leaders have rejected power sources that every other state has embraced, even as the state’s population exploded and taxed the power grid more and more.
In recent years, they’ve closed nuclear, coal and natural gas power plants and replaced them with ‘renewables.’ Those renewables don’t work as well as traditional power sources, so there’s a shortage of power. During the fall of 2019, grid operators warned officials that closing clean energy from natural gas power plants would leave residents vulnerable. California has only achieved 33 percent renewable energy resources and blackouts are expected to persist anytime it gets hot for more than a few days. That basically means every summer going forward.
Most of us don’t live in California so we may not care much about this. But you should. They are a preview of what Democrat policies like the Green New Deal will bring to your state. Policies built on wishes and fantasy have no practical application and completely fail in the real world. Californians are suffering because the Democrats opted into an energy plan that can’t meet decreasing energy demands. It should be easier for them to supply right now. Despite that, they’re failing worse than ever before.
As much as we pick on California for being a commie haven, it’s still very far away from full-fledged socialism. The state is funded by extremely successful capitalist ventures. Even with all of that money, the tiny taste of socialism embraced by California leftists is already providing deadly consequences. Imagine how much worse it can get when the entire economy is run by the socialists. Imagine how quickly things can fall apart completely.
California should be the oozing example of exactly why we need to shut down the progressive left. Socialist Democrat New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) proposed Green New Deal legislation to be enacted on the entire country. It too called for ending the use of fossil fuels such as natural gas, oil, and coal, by 2030. When the bill was brought to a vote in the U.S. Senate, not a single Democrat voted in favor of enacting the law.
Democrat nominee for president, Joe Biden, has worked with AOC to create a version of the Green New Deal that he has committed to enacting with a 2035 deadline. The California debacle demonstrates that Americans would suffer widespread power outages and vulnerable people would die.
As the November elections grow closer, voters may want to consider that California’s knee-jerk Green New Deal policy failed miserably. With more than 60 percent of its power produced by natural gas, massive blackouts will continue. If West Coast liberals got their way and were at 100 percent renewables, taxpayers could be without power for weeks or months when the weather gets extreme.