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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

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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