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Robert Bryce: California Assemblyman Says State’s Push For Electric Vehicles Fuels ‘Environmental Racism’

Yesterday, I posted an article by California Assemblyman Jim Cooper, a Black Democrat in California, who said the state's renewable energy mandates were punishing low income, minority communities. Today, I'm posting an article by Robert Bryce, who reports that Mr. Cooper also had sharp criticism of California Governor Gavin Newsom's executive order banning the sale of gasoline powered cars after 2035. The article below originally appeared at Forbes.  The sharpest criticism of California’s policies on electric vehicles and climate change isn’t coming from Republicans or groups funded by the oil and gas business. Instead, it’s coming from a Black Democrat, Assemblyman Jim Cooper,...

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California Democrat: Working Families Should Not Subsidize Renewable Energy

Democrats in California are starting to wake up to the reality that wind and solar mandates are some of the most regressive policies we can enact in a society. Liberal wind and solar groups like Fresh Energy pretend to care about concepts like "environmental justice," but the policies they advocate for are a driving force behind income inequality. These policies, which increase prices for energy, hurt low-income households the most. These groups pay lip service to helping low-income communities while advocating for policies that make their life harder every single day. California Assemblyman Jim Cooper, a Black Democrat from Elk Grove, California...

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California To Ban the Sale of New Gas and Diesel Cars and Trucks By 2035

Yesterday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed and executive order that will ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel powered cars and trucks in California by 2035. This is exactly why thousands of Minnesotans oppose the Walz administration's plan to adopt California car mandates in our state. California's new order directs the California Air Resources Board (CARB), an unelected bureaucracy, to develop a phase-out plan that would require 100 percent zero-emissions personal use and drayage vehicles by 2035 and as many medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicle applications deemed feasible by 2045, Fox News reports. It makes zero sense that California would essentially mandate the...

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Nearly 5,000 Minnesotans Send Emails Opposing California Car Mandates to Gov. Walz, MPCA

Governor Walz continues his push to transform Minnesota into Walzifornia by enacting California car mandates in our state. These mandates would increase the cost of new vehicles by up to $2,500 per car and require automakers to stock more electric vehicles in the state. Unsurprisingly, these mandates are extremely unpopular with Minnesotans from all corners of the state. In fact, nearly 5,000 individual Minnesotans have sent emails to Governor Walz and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) opposing these rules by signing Center of the American Experiment's petition at www.NoCaCars.com. The Walz administration is expected to release the new regulations for public...

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California is Still Struggling to Keep the Lights On

In Mid-August, more than two million California families and businesses lost their electricity during a record-breaking heat wave because the sun was setting, rending The Golden State's fleet of solar panels unable to generate electricity. Decades of bad energy policy had left the state with too few sources of reliable electricity. Blackouts, or rather "greenouts," ensued. Since that time, there have not been more blackouts, but there have been several very close calls, including over Labor Day weekend. Last weekend again brought scorching temperatures to the Southwest, and the California grid operator, the California Independent Systems Operator, pleaded with residents to voluntarily...

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California Blackouts: A Reality Check for Minnesota’s Wind and Solar Ambitions

The following article was written by Isaac Orr and originally appeared in the Faribault Daily News:  Millions of California families and businesses recently lost their electricity during a record-breaking heat wave. The blackouts occurred because of bad decisions by California politicians to shut down many of the state’s reliable nuclear, natural gas, and coal-fired power plants, resulting in an overdependence on unreliable energy sources like wind and solar. As a result, the state was unable to generate enough electricity to meet demand when it was needed most. California’s rolling blackouts should be a reality check for the Minnesota lawmakers, utility executives, and...

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Statewide View: California Car Mandates Not Right for Minnesota

The following article originally appeared in the Duluth News Tribune. Statewide View: California Car Mandates Not Right for Minnesota Isaac Orr This week, the Center of the American Experiment crisscrossed the state of Minnesota to help educate residents about the Walz administration’s attempt to impose California’s car mandates on Minnesotans. These California car regulations would increase the cost of driving for Minnesotans up to $2,500 per vehicle while having zero measurable environmental benefits. The regulations would be all pain and no gain. They would put California — specifically the unelected bureaucrats on the California Air Resources Board, or CARB — in charge of deciding...

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Michael Shellenberger: Democrats Say California Is Model For Climate Action But Its Blackouts Say Otherwise

California is giving America a preview of the Green New Deal. Millions of families have had their power shut off because of the bad decisions made by politicians. These politicians set up the dominoes leading to the blackouts for decades by shutting down reliable forms of electricity like coal, nuclear, and natural gas, and believing in the fairy tale that wind and solar power would be able to get the job done when the chips were down. We are seeing in real time that they cannot. Michael Shellenberger writes about how Joe Biden's climate plan would usher in an energy system...

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California’s $10 Billion Blackouts

We often discuss how electricity prices in Minnesota, and around the country, have been increasing due to mandates for wind and solar. Because these sources of electricity are dependent on the weather, we can't rely on them as our only source of electricity or else we would experience blackouts, which are also incredibly expensive. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how California uses diesel-powered generators to keep some electricity flowing when the utility proactively cuts power to prevent live wires from sparking fires. After writing the article, it occurred to me that I had buried the lede: California's blackouts, which...

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