My advice to Californians: Get out now!

By |2013-11-04T14:11:15+00:00October 31st, 2013|CFACT Insights|14 Comments

If you live in California, I have a bit of advice. Get out now while you can afford the gas to load up the van and head north or east. You won’t be alone.

According to “Crazifornia: How California is Destroying Itself and Why It Matters to America”, about 150,000 Californians have been fleeing the state each year of late. “In fact,” wrote Laer Pearce, “Los Angeles alone has lost more households than New York, Miami, and, incredibly, the economically decimated city of Detroit…combined.”

The tide of traffic leaving the state is likely to increase. According to a newsgold rush release from Earthjustice, one of the innumerable environmental organizations bent on destroying every form of energy that has fueled the growth of the American economy, the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has “finalized a groundbreaking decision to build innovative high-tech energy storage systems that will lead California toward a future of clean, renewable energy and away from dependence on fossil fuels.”

You remember fossil fuels, oil, natural gas, and coal. The “clean, renewable” energies are wind and solar because, of course, the sun shines all the time and the wind blows all the time. Or not.

By definition, energy “storage systems” can use mechanical, chemical, or thermal processes to store energy; these processes range from battery technologies to energy storage within compressed air or molten salt. If that sounds bizarre, it is.

According to Will Rostov, an Earthjustice attorney, “Clean, renewable energy sources will shape our future, whether the dirty antiquated fossil fuels industry likes it or not, so it’s excellent to see California getting there first. It took years by environmental advocates and state regulators to reach this point.”

Actually, Europe has been there for some time now. In England’s Yorkshire Dales, they’re tearing down four wind turbines that have been around for 20 years and “have not worked in years.” Indeed, across Europe there is a lot of buyer’s remorse for having embraced wind and solar. As Marc Morano, the editor of, noted in an October 17 article, “Wind and solar mandates are breaking Europe’s electric utilities.”

runaway turbine“Last week the CEOs of Europe’s 10 largest utilities finally cried uncle and called for a halt to wind and solar subsidies. Short of that, they want subsidies of their own. They want to be paid, in essence, not to produce power.” Thanks to mandates to use electricity from wind and solar Europe’s energy costs increased 17% for consumers and 21% for industry in the last 4 years.

California, in addition to requiring comparable use of wind and solar power while pushing to close coal-fired plants and keep some nuclear plants shuttered, will require its utilities to purchase 1.3 megawatts of “energy storage” power by 2020.

The San Jose Mercury News reported that, “The first-in-a-nation mandate is expected to spur innovation in emerging storage technologies, from batteries to flywheels. Once large quantities of energy can be stored, the electric grid can make better use of solar, wind, and other technologies that generate sporadically rather than in a steady flow, and can better manage disruptions from unpredictable events such as storms and wildfires.”

This is another very expensive Green pipedream that, like other California initiatives, would prove impossible to achieve and will be abandoned or ignored.

Since neither wind nor solar produce electricity in a steady, predictable fashion that enables utilities to ensure a flow of electricity to consumers, “energy storage” is the new, idiotic, alternative way of providing electricity that has been in effect since Edison first invented the turbines to produce it.

There is, simply put, no reason to require “energy storage” if “dirty, antiquated fossil fuels” were used. Wind and solar provide just over 3% of the electricity used in the U.S.

According to the Western Region Deputy Director of the Sierra Club, Evan Gillespie, “Fossil fuels like natural gas are a dead end for the people of California, the power companies, and the entire planet.” If you listened to Strela Cervas, Coordinator at the California Environmental Justice Alliance, fossil fuel use is a conspiracy against “low-income communities and communities of color overburdened by pollution, in particular from power plants. California does not need any new gas-fired power plants.”

Those low-income communities might not agree, along with all the rest of the Californians, in the wake of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. While California strives to save the state from a warming that has not been occurring for more than 15 years, the new mandate that 33% of the state’s energy come from wind and solar is estimated to cost $114 billion, all of which will come out of the pockets of energy consumers.

According to Pearce, “Legislators, regulators, lawyers, and environmentalists have driven up the cost of doing business in the Golden State until it has become 30% greater than in the neighboring states.” The result of 40 years of anti-business (and anti-energy) policy has caused a decline in the state’s standard of living. “California’s median household income plummeted by 9% — nearly twice the national average between 2006 and 2010 — according to the U.S. Census Bureau.”

This is the kind of environmental insanity that has been at work at the federal level since Obama was elected in 2008. Billions have been lost in loans to wind burning moneyand solar companies that went bankrupt within months and years. Think Solyndra. Now apply that same insanity to the whole of the nation as the administration continues its “war on coal” and actually laments the growing access to natural gas and oil due to hydraulic fracking technology.

The U.S. will produce more oil than Saudi Arabia this year. It has several centuries’ worth of affordable coal, scads of natural gas, and could expand its nuclear power generation if it wanted.

California is leading the way as it drives out its citizens and businesses, leaving behind only those too poor to leave; those dependent on a range of welfare programs that “redistribute” money from “the rich” and the middle class. They are turning the entire state into Detroit.

It is a war on the provision of electricity; the lifeblood of the nation’s capacity to function.


  1. Thorne October 31, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    The first “Climate Change” refugees perhaps?

  2. jameshrust October 31, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Well written. The Motto for California can read “Will The Last Person Leaving California Blow The Candle Out”.
    James H. Rust, Professor

  3. David Ross November 1, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    “…will require its utilities to purchase 1.3 megawatts of “energy storage” power by 2020”. –
    You sure you have the numbers right? 1.3 MW is no more than a fly speck

  4. Mr Computer November 4, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Already on my way to Missouri. Red state, affordable real housing – hasta la vista, baby!!!

  5. Mr Computer November 4, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Already on my way to Missouri. Red state, affordable real housing – hasta la vista, baby!!!

  6. Mike C November 4, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Many are missing the point. Although many in the Sierra Club are sincere, many if not most politicians who endorse “Green Energy” are not. They know that the so called “Green Energy” technologies are neither environmentally friendly (how many golden eagles have been killed by wind turbines this year?) nor cost effective. Their purpose is not so much to save the planet as it is to create profit opportunities for their “Green Energy” cronies. In other words, it’s cronyism at the expense of the citizens, plain and simple!

    • anthony james November 10, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      I’m sure this speaks to many of the political agendas, but there’s also just the plain ugly coercion via the electorate of many environmental fanatics!

  7. Mark Roberts November 5, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    And how’s this more expensive energy likely to affect the myriads of illegal aliens who have to live two to six families in a home just to get by now?

  8. Woody Retro November 5, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    This is typical parania producing propaganda dispersed by those who stand to loose huge revenue from their investment in fossil fuel which can only increase in it’s profitability as the resources dwindle. Simple law of supply & demand economics meant to scare the consumer into defeating laws that will promote clean , renewable energy in favour of their product which will only drain the consumers wallet while ruining our planet for our children & future generations. Anyone that supports this is selfdefeating & selfloathing in support of this obvious ploy.

    • anthony james November 10, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      The propaganda is coming from you, sir. None of the “fissile fuels” is dwindling, if you actually cared to look at the facts. New innovations have revolutionized the energy obtainable that has been powering the world for generations. No doubt, you believe in the wholesale line of bs that is global warming. And isn’t it interesting that the “cost” of energy can only increase with your lame excuses for “saving the planet.” And as they do, this is what will result in the gulf widening between poor and wealthy. Making a standard of living more difficult to acquire is not what “frees” people. Anyone who supports what you advocated is just plain caught up in scarcity and fear-mongering tactics; in other words, sir, you are a fascist!!!

      • Woody Retro November 11, 2013 at 5:46 AM

        Anthony James, I’m just stating a fact. Oil is a finite resource. If it wasn’t dwindling , there would be no need for fracking. Coal is so obviously bad for the air & rapes the landscape to get it just as fracking does. Fracking poisons the water table. Once theire are sufficient wind farms & water & solar are used to their full potential there will be no need to continue to throw money at fossil fuels that polute the environment & the greedy wish to exploit us for fossil fuel resources that will run out. If the demand for them continues the price will rise as the supply decreases. We will NEVER run out of Wind & Solar resources. Oil will be completely removed from the Earth within my Grandchildrens’ lifetime. It is indeed fossil fuel that is the cause of the widening of the gap in income. Making a standard of LIVING is what alternate energy is about. If we continue on the path of environmentally destructive fuels , only the elite will afford to survive. Scarcity is a reality that articles such as this one are making an attempt to reverse the facts for the benefit of their profiteering.

        • anthony james November 26, 2013 at 5:46 PM

          You level of naivete is staggering, to say the least. It was once thought that oil was finite, hence the term “fossil fuel.” But in fact, it isn’t, as demonstrated over and over by holes once emptied refilling. Your understanding of coal is equally erroneous; in the past, it has been a dirty business, but as with everything else, its acquisition and use has been vastly improved via technology. Your argument that “one day” solar and wind will have the requisite foundation for universal consumption is not the point here, though neither source currently is capable of delivering the demand necessary to power the globe. Some day it may be, but not now and not in the near future.

          Your thinking that fossil fuels have created the SOL gap is just too stupid for words. It is precisely the opposite, Woody! It is the cheap and easily accessible source of energy that has allowed the middle class to proliferate, while even the lower-income classes have been able to enjoy a standard of living hardly comparable to any time in history. But where you absolutely miss it, and miss it big, is in thinking that any – ANY – system will somehow exist beyond the greed of men and women. Build all the solar systems, wind systems you want, and if you think for one second that doing so will bring prosperity and happiness to everyone without a hint of exploitation, you’re just living in a fantasy world! And please provide some evidence of how the world is somehow “lessening” because of fossil fuels. The population continues to grow, the increase in food production continues to grow, and wonders of technology continue to solve problems in ways never before imagined. That’s why your doctrine of “scarcity” as a viable means of arguing as you do has never, ever proved useful. But then, you probably believe in global warming as a religion; people like you are just pitiable!

  9. crosspatch November 29, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Oh, it gets worse. So we have put these mandates in to reduce CO2 emissions to a level ALREADY ACHIEVED. So there was no reason for them in the first place. But, here is where it becomes almost comical it is so sad, they closed down the San Onofre nuclear power plant because the state regulator wanted to make re-certification after a repair so expensive it would eat up all future profit from the plant. So the operator simply closed it. Result? 24% increase in CO2 emissions in California last year. So to review: the introduced renewable mandates to reduce CO2 emissions to a level that had already been achieved anyway through chasing out industry then they force one of two nuclear power plants in the state to close down which results in complete negation of the renewable mandate anyway. All while forcing customers to pay through the nose for NO BENEFIT which will make zero difference in global atmospheric CO2. It is just insane. The Democrats have just gone insane. Don’t flee. Stand and fight. Purge the Democrats at EVERY level of government before they destroy the whole damned country.

  10. John Mar December 17, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    There is many other free energies or renewable energies that exists.. that could easily provide 100% energy use for all the world. see Nikola Tesla for starters….

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