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Re: “Jerry Brown's Cap-and-Trade Program Isn't Working

Californias relentless crusade against emissions has been a very effective camouflage to its relentless need for revenues. The original landmark bill AB32 that was signed into law in 2006 when California was contributing 1% to the worlds greenhouse gases, has been ineffective in reducing Californias contributions to the worlds greenhouse gases. A decade later in 2016, according to the California Energy Commission we still contribute a miniscule1 percent. The cap & trade program that hits the motorists pocketbooks and has had little to no impact on the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions, but it has successfully extracted more than $7 Billion dollars of revenue from our citizens to fund a multitude of governmental pet projects.

Californias elected officials must be in La La Land when they state that Californias economy is thriving in large part because of its emphasis on enacting sweeping environmental legislation. Californias economy, like the rest of the nation, has been booming ever since the recession, but California is ranking up where the state is NOT proud of. The California go-it-alone crusade to reduce emissions has been very inflationary on the economy. Heres what is really UP in California today:

1) California taxes and cost of living are higher than most other states. 2) Californias energy costs for transportation fuels and electricity continue to be the most expensive in the country. 3) Nearly 25% of Californians 38 million live below the poverty line. 4) California has more than 33% of the nations welfare recipients, 5) California is home to 12% of the nations population, but startlingly 21% of the nations homeless population, 6) The majority of California renters: Nearly 3 million households pay more than 30% of their income toward rent, 7) Roughly 1.5 million households pay more than 50% of their income toward rent, and 8) Unfunded pension liabilities. Our Golden State schools are on track to force substantial budgetary cutbacks on core education spending, as public schools around California are bracing for a crisis driven by skyrocketing worker pension costs that are expected to force districts to divert billions of dollars away from public services.

The green movement is beneficial to reducing emissions, but wind and solar are only able to provide intermittent electricity to the grid, but they are not alternatives to the hydrocarbon products that are driving the airports, military, vehicles and trucks, and are the basis of every component of modern civilizations industries and infrastructures.

Posted by Ronald Stein on 11/22/2017 at 11:55 AM

Re: “The Return of the Crematorium

Gary Patton, I don't usually agree with you but in this instance it's one hundred percent agreement.

EBX and it's staff have become every bit as bad (and the reporting as poor) as the old Hearst organs. The only thing missing is "Remember the Maine!"

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/21/2017 at 10:08 PM

Re: “The Return of the Crematorium

Did I send for you? Hey. Gary Patton. Thanks for reading both articles and observing the language that was used in which, I don't know if a article and an op-ed that's released on same day could have used your language. It's an universal language, when you live this Injustice you don't have to learn or read about it to write about it. It's speaking truth to power. #EJ4ALL

Posted by EM Goolsby on 11/21/2017 at 6:07 PM

Re: “The Return of the Crematorium

Hey EM, if you are going to co opt my comments about the General Plan and Zoning being the problem in an article you wrote to the Tribune, next time at least give me some credit in a footnote. It is what writers with integrity and not a political agenda do. Also, if you want to play the race card as your main offensive weapon, at least be historically correct. In the case of West Oakland, in the early 20th century, most of the residential populations around industry were Italian, Portuguese and Irish. Blacks did not make the great migration to Oakland from the south until the 1940's and 50's. Similarly, in East Oakland, many industrial land uses predated the construction of residential neighborhoods that came later and ultimately served that same migratory population. Just because Black people are there now does not always mean that these uses were placed there because Blacks lived nearby. Not that there are never cases where that is a factor. But just as historically correct is that these uses chose locations because of economic factors like proximity to the Port as well as convenient rail and truck transportation.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/20/2017 at 2:25 PM

Re: “The Return of the Crematorium

Oh goody! More NIMBYs

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/17/2017 at 4:39 AM

Re: “The Return of the Crematorium

Where is your compassion and understanding of environmental racism, which includes planning and zoning. there is not toxic and Industrials where affluent or people in Oakland that live in the hills have to endure those impacts. understand what it does to one's health and in this identified top 5% disadvantaged communities by https://oehha.ca.gov/calenviroscreen/report/calenviroscreen-30 CalEnviroScreen East OaklandS leadership, planning department, planning commissioner and the loopholes in the city where a business comes in and allowed to still operate knowing what it emits THAT KILLS peole and again those people it is going to impact, is environmental racism.

Posted by EM Goolsby on 11/15/2017 at 12:31 AM

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