Ronald Stein 
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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

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