During the heady days of 2006 when California was crafting AB-32, The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, our political leaders, and local bloggers, were pointing to the wonderful progress that Europe was making in going green and saving planet from turning into a toaster oven. The EU was held up as an example for California to follow in saving the world by limiting our CO2 emission, thus the need for legislation to make California a leader in the quest to save the planet.
In the interim California’s small cadre of conservatives leaders recognized the looming negative economic impact of AB-32 on the California economy, questioning the science behind AB-32 and launched Proposition 23 to delay implementation of AB-32 until the State’s economy recovered, jobs were growing, and science of climate change was on a more solid ground. Progressive venture capitalist poured millions into a campaign against Prop 23, to protect their investments in green energy, wind and solar. Again, the liberal press and the local bloggers continued to point east to the success of the European Union in going green and reducing their CO2 emissions. Under the clamor of progressive propaganda the low information voters defeated Prop 23, swilling the green jobs will save California’s economy cool-aid.
Now eight years later, we find that California economy is not recovering as forecast and the EU is having second thoughts about going green. The economies of the major EU member countries are crashing and burning. Here are some examples:
Europe Flees Economy-Destroying Green Initiatives While Obama Presses On, Cornwall Alliance, 29 January 2014.
C02 reduction regulations and subsidies for “green energy” are destroying the European economy, and the United States is next
But Europe’s waking up. After years of trying to lead the push to go green, it has turned around and begun steep cuts in its climate protection goals. Why? To save member states’ economies.
European Commission To Ditch Legally-Binding Renewable Energy Targets – The Daily Telegraph, 22 January 2014
The European Commission is to ditch legally-binding renewable energy targets after 2020 in a major U-turn and admission that the policy has failed industry and consumers by driving up electricity bills.
It is clear that EU Countries have recognized that going green is not good for their economic future and are reversing course. There is growing concern that rising EU energy prices and declining US energy prices, due to the growth in “fracking”, will encourage companies to move from Europe to the US. Most likely not to California as AB-32 and environmental regulations are slowing, if not impeding, the “fracking” of California’s shale-gas formations, which are some of the largest in the nation.
In 2006 Californian’s where told by our political leaders and local bloggers we should use the EU as our economic model and go green. Now that the going green model is being abandoned by the EU countries, will California follow their lead? Will our political leader recognize their folly and the economic consequences of going green is not the solution to global warming? Will they continue implementing AB-32? Will they recognize the EU model has failed and that California can benefit from the experience and learning from the EU example? Will they recognize the planet stopped warming 17 years ago, and we are now on the cusp of long term cooling? I have my doubts there is too much political slush money being generated by AB-32 for pet projects, including the high speed rail to nowhere.