By Craig Rucker
September 12, 2018 - CFACT is at Jerry Brown's "Global Climate Action Summit" in San Francisco.
We're not certain who's crazier, the Socialists in the streets or the climate elite sipping cocktails inside.
We are certain that the radical "solutions" California seeks to foist on the rest of us are mistakes founded on unsound, politically correct science and economics.
Al Gore's here of course. Last night Gore "attributed California's wildfires and hurricanes like Florence to global warming." Sorry Al, scare stories about today's weather have no basis in genuine science. That didn't stop Gore from declaring that “we have to make the decarbonization of the global economy the central organizing principle of human civilization.”
California's new energy law mandates 100% "renewable" energy and ultimately zero emissions, yet they are taking nuclear power off the table. As Ronald Stein explains in an analysis we posted at CFACT.org, "for wind farms that generate about 3 watts per square meter, to replace either the closed San Onofre 2,200 megawatt plant, or the to-be-closed Diablo Canyon’s 2,160 megawatts of power in 2024, would require land area 6 times the size of San Francisco for each closed plant!"
Imagine the environmental footprint of trying to use intermittent, inefficient wind and solar to power the entirety of America's largest state!
Brown signed an executive order that mandates California go beyond "zero" emissions and achieve "negative" emissions. That's “magical thinking” explains Michael Bastasch in another hard-hitting article on CFACT.org. He quotes University of Colorado professor Roger Pielke, Jr. who wrote that carbon dioxide "removal at massive scale is science fiction — like a light saber, incredible but not real..." Capturing and storing CO2 "at scale would require the use of a global land area one and a half times the size of India."
Ronald Stein reminds us that 25% of America's homeless live in California, where 23.4% of the people live in poverty. In addition, California is just shy of $1 trillion in unfunded pension liabilities, or nearly $77,000 per household.
California politicians want to use the massive size of their state to bypass Washington and set global warming policy for the entire nation. Yet, in their state science is based on feelings, and mathematics don't add up.
If California can't get its own affairs in order, who are they to dictate to the rest of us?