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California would be crazy to want to be No. 1

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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:10 am, Tue Apr 24, 2012.

Almost a year ago, the brains in Sacramento passed a law requiring Pacific Gas and Electric Company to get one-third of its energy from "renewable sources." The mandate does not go into effect until 2020, but the impact is happening now.

According to studies, industries in California already pay 50 percent above the national average for their energy. What business (in their right mind) would even consider building a factory in our state? In this time of severe economic trouble and high unemployment, we are forcing our remaining companies to consider moving out to more business-friendly and cheaper locations. With few companies coming here and many forced to move away, how high is our unemployment going to reach?

The idea of getting power from solar, wind and water is wonderful, but at what cost? Are you ready to pay more for your energy, to provide for the families of those who have lost their jobs, and to have goods shipped in?

Right now California is listed as the second-worst state for a business. Are we trying to be No. 1?

Can anyone stop this insanity?

Jeffrey Downing


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  • Kevin Paglia posted at 6:32 pm on Tue, Apr 24, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2048

    Point of clarification: Spain's Alternative energy program was owned by the state and NOT market driven. While I disagree with the government trying to force alternative energy here in the US, I do think that aggressive measures are needed to develop the technology. The trick is finding a way to get people/businesses to seriously consider solar. It is difficult to find the balance between encouraging and forcing.

  • Jeffrey Downing posted at 7:12 am on Tue, Apr 24, 2012.

    Jeff Downing Posts: 1

    In response to the above letter: Your willingness to “invest in our future” by economically forcing businesses to flee, and significantly increasing the energy cost of the rest of us is only going to make the quality of our lives worse. I never posted that we should not invest in alternative energy, my complaint is the arbitrary one third which is unattainable at any reasonable price. If you really want to see what happens to an economy over this, take a look at what the race for alternative energy has done to Spain.

  • Steve Schmidt posted at 5:32 am on Tue, Apr 24, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2570

    Mr Downing, do you honestly think the price of oil is going to stay in the $100-$200 dollar range forever?

    Renewable energy infrastructure is like a gun, when you need it, it is too late to buy it. We need to start investing in our futures today if we want our children to have a tomorrow.


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