California disaster .. Why are politicians trying to destroy Energy Island?  (Article) - Energy

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  • Are politicians in California trying to destroy the oil companies?
  • The state’s dependence on oil from a foreign country exceeds 58%
  • The closure of the last nuclear plants in the state will expose it to a crisis
  • The dire consequences of policies in the US state

Are California’s politicians trying to destroy their state? It’s no exaggeration to ask this question. The crazy Los Angeles Attorney General, George Gascon, refuses to prosecute nearly all of the most heinous crimes, and crime has escalated.

In San Francisco, taxpayers are paying to house the homeless in hotels, and the inevitable result will be more drug deaths among the homeless and vandalism of hotel rooms, and California’s cities are filthy and dangerous after they were once beautiful, but there is much more than that.

The latest attack in California comes from State Attorney General Bob Ponta, who has launched an investigation into ExxonMobil and other fossil fuel and petrochemical companies, but what is the charge? Ponta believes that these companies deliberately deceived the public; “To perpetuate the myth that recycling can solve the plastic crisis.”

The intrinsic ignorance of the California attorney general is supposed to be shocking, but this sort of thing is common in the state, and people don’t even notice it anymore.

plastic waste

There is no doubt that the world suffers from the problem of plastic waste, but why is this the fault of the companies that produce the raw materials for plastic that the world needs? This is analogous to public officials enacting legislation that will allow citizens to sue arms manufacturers.

Right, did you know that Ponta and Gov. Gavin Newsom are working on that, too?

plastic waste
Plastic waste in the US – Photo by The Guardian

Ponta is pointing his crooked finger at the wrong target. According to Our World in Data, more than 70 percent of mismanaged plastic waste comes from Asia, and China is the biggest culprit by far, with so much plastic pollution flowing through the Yangtze River.

While the United States, Western Europe, Australia and Japan have a small amount of poorly managed plastic waste, the problem that Ponta says he wants to solve is not in the US hydrocarbon industry, nor is it his power to tackle it in any way.

Is Ponta so incompetent that he never bothered to do basic research? I expect that he is ignorant of the facts; Because it has nothing to do with the goal, abhorrence of hydrocarbons in all their forms is an unspoken demand of all California’s Democratic leaders, and they should do everything in their power to destroy the companies that produce them.

But what if the destruction of these companies ends up destroying the state with dire consequences? Ponta, Newsom and Gascon do not seem to have taken this risk into account.

oil production

Given California’s precarious oil situation, in the early 1990s, the state only imported about 5% of its crude from foreign countries, with the rest evenly distributed between in-state production and pipelined crude from Alaska.

Today, the picture is different. California refineries depend on crude oil from foreign countries by more than 58 percent, and most of it comes from Ecuador, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, while California produces oil by less than 30 percent, and Alaska (a state whose production is also declining) contributes about 15 %.

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California Governor – Gavin Newsom

This is a big problem; Because California is an “island of energy,” the state lies between the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Sierra Nevada mountains to the east, and there are no pipelines that cross these mountains; So any massive disruption in the movement of oil tankers would put the state in crisis, with not enough fuel to run the state, and the crisis would quickly spread to other US states – too -, California’s neglect of oil made it a threat to national security.

California officials like to pretend they are reducing carbon dioxide emissions, but they are not. The state is simply outsourcing industries and electricity production to other states. For example, Apple, Google and Facebook identify high-energy data centers and industrial operations outside California’s borders.

The state imports about a third of its electricity needs, more than any other state, and electricity prices are close to the highest rates in the country.

Close the last nuclear plants

The worst thing California could do right now would be to prematurely shut down its last nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon, but that is set to happen in early 2024, unless political forces change course.

On April 29, Governor Newsom announced his intention to petition the federal government to support the station and delay the closing date.

Democrat-run states are fond of forcing the rest of the nation to pay for expensive energy delusions, and Newsom at least behaves as if he wants the best results, now that voters understand how badly the state is run.

He also witnessed the disaster in New York after the stupid closure of the Indian Point nuclear plant, which led to a rise in electricity bills and emissions, and if California closed the Diablo Canyon plant, electricity bills would rise, and it would suffer from a lack of supplies.

There is no way of knowing what is driving Californian politicians to destroy their state by pursuing unhelpful public policies, I suspect a combination of ignorance, corruption, ideological blindness, and pervasive dullness.

Whatever the reasons, the truth will soon emerge, and Californians will get many of what they voted appropriately and powerfully for.

* Mark Mathis is an energy author and documentary filmmaker.

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