California has been going through it, from an energy standpoint. The state recently announced that they no longer had the resources to power everyone’s homes consistently. Unfortunately, their grid has been running short. Governor Gavin Newsom does not seem too interested in doing anything to change that, though. In fact, his most recent decision is only going to make matters even worse.
“Of all the simultaneous crises that we face as a state and I’d argue as a nation – for that matter from a global perspective – none is more important, none is more forceful than the issue of the climate crisis,” said Newsom. There are a number of residents who may not have heard this announcement. They were probably waiting for their power to come back on!
Newsom is looking to reduce statewide pollution levels, including California’s greenhouse gas emissions. Is this really the best way to go about this task? There are a number of observers who are wondering about the viability of removing all gas-powered vehicles from the roadways by 2035. Numerous additional actions have been taken as well.
Their level of effectiveness also remains to be seen. While the executive order that was signed by Newsom does not forbid people from owning the gas-powered cars or selling used vehicles to others, auto manufacturers are being placed in a tough position right now. If the support infrastructure for this decision is going to be put into place, the manufacturers have to start building their customer bases.
Service networks have to be built. Mechanics have to be trained. Spare parts need to be ordered so that the electric vehicles are able to keep running on time. It’s going to take a long time and these systems cannot be developed overnight. Newsom is giving the state a 15-year head start but is that going to be enough? It’s a very legitimate question.
California cannot simply wait until 2035 when it comes time to add these vehicles to their grid. Since they are already struggling to power their state as is, citizens are left to wonder about rolling blackouts and other means of energy preservation. The blackouts that took place last month would become more and more commonplace if Newsom’s executive order is able to come to fruition.
A state that cannot meet their present demand probably shouldn’t be making sweeping statements like this one but what do we know? When the blackouts took place last month, we actually thought that the state’s leadership was having a rare moment of sanity. Natural gas power generation was supposed to have shut down by year’s end but the deadline was extended.
Of course, this only means that supplies are going to remain the same. They won’t be cutting them down at all but they are not going to be adding to them either. Is California going to look for ways to add to their supplies or will they continue to operate under the assumption that everything is going to be okay? No one seems to know and that’s becoming a bit of a problem for residents of this state.
Fracking may also be banned by the time 2024 rolls around, so there’s no reason to go down that road. Newsom is already working to have the practice outlawed. If you are mandating more demand, you probably shouldn’t be cutting supplies. That’s a very simple lesson that most of us learned in school when we were very young. Watching the grown adults who supposedly run California struggle with it like this is just sad.
California has gone from begrudgingly accepting the reality of their current circumstances to coming up with pie in the sky plans. It happened so quickly, residents of this state have to be experiencing ideological whiplash. We can’t wait to see what the state does when all of the likely environmental problems start to present themselves. The Golden State may one day turn dark for good.