N. California goes off the grid
Implementing A.O.C.’s Green New Deal
Some catastrophes ARE
man– (SORRY!) person-made
The Blaska Easily Revocable Charitable Trust is mailing (special delivery) a 12-pack of AA batteries to Brother Richard in Sonoma, California. (AKA Northern Venezuela.) We do what we can to mitigate world suffering. Because California north of the Golden Gate bridge has gone dark. It’s a blackout without air raid sirens, which presumably would not operate because there is no electricity.
San Francisco and the Emerald City of Madison WI may as well be twin cities. Both are beautiful places made more wondrous by magical thinking. The two locales enjoy (if that is the word) Progressive Politics written with a capital P. Madison’s new mayor is a farm team version of Elizabeth Warren. (Madison was too liberal for “Havana Paul” Soglin!) San Francisco is Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, and its former mayor — now governor — Gavin Newsom, having succeeded Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown.
Anyone seen Greta Thunberg?
Squatters, babbling street people, aggressive panhandlers, white guilt, cop-bashing, obsessed with identity politics, nanny-state regulations, failing schools, high-taxes, fossil-fuel hating sanctuary cities — Madison is San Francisco, only a month later.
So the free-market Austrians here at the Werkes admit to a little schadenfreude over “California’s Dark Ages.” as recounted by the Wall Street Journal:
“Californians are learning to live like the Amish after investor-owned utility PG&E this week shut off power to two million or so residents to prevent wildfires amid heavy, dry winds.”
Nicolas Maduro says hello
“Up in Humboldt County, searches for batteries turned into shoving matches. Residents shopped in supermarkets with flashlights. Looters ransacked a liquor store. Lines for gas snaked around the block and power generators sold out as soon as they arrived.”
The Journal’s editorial continues: “Stores have experienced runs on oil lamps — yes, those still exist — and emergency generators fueled by gasoline, propane, or diesel.”
Blame the state’s largest blackout on a perfect storm of bad policies. … Its customers pay some of the highest rates in the nation … Opposition to logging and prescribed burns in California’s forests compounded by a seven-year drought has yielded 147 million dead trees that make for combustible fuel. … For years the utility skimped on safety upgrades and repairs while pumping billions into green energy and electric-car subsidies to please its overlords in Sacramento.
… Still, liberals in Sacramento want to abolish fossil fuels.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: California wildfires last year pumped out more carbon dioxide than all the state’s businesses, homes and farms combined, offsetting state-mandated emission reductions nine times over.