Stein: California lawmakers’ war on domestic oil and gas creating national security risk

While this story is about a year old—it understates the problem of California being dependent on foreign oil.  Since this article was written, Guv Newsom has gone on a tirade and is forcing the closing of the oil industry in Kern County.  Once that is gone, the rest of the oil industry in California will be forced to close as well. 

The worst part is that Newsom is harming the national security of our people and nation.

“Somehow Californians are proud (or oblivious) to the fact that the Golden State has become a national security risk.  Both California’s in-state crude oil production, and Alaskan oil imports have both been forced into decline and are now unable to meet the states’ energy needs. Shockingly, according to the California Energy Commission, California increased crude oil imports from foreign countries from 5% in 1992 to 57% in 2018, and costing California more than $60 million dollars a day, and that cost is increasing each year. In addition, those foreign countries have less stringent environmental regulations than California, and transport their crude oil via air polluting ships delivering that the oil to California ports.”

That means Californian jobs not crate or kept.  That means revenues from the oil industry do not happen—one reason taxes have to go up.  Newsom is a double threat—to our economy and to our security.  Looking forward to his explanation of this when he runs for President.

California lawmakers’ war on domestic oil and gas creating national security risk

By Ronald Stein, cfact.org,   4/22/19    

Somehow Californians are proud (or oblivious) to the fact that the Golden State has become a national security risk.  Both California’s in-state crude oil production, and Alaskan oil imports have both been forced into decline and are now unable to meet the states’ energy needs. Shockingly, according to the California Energy Commission, California increased crude oil imports from foreign countries from 5% in 1992 to 57% in 2018, and costing California more than $60 million dollars a day, and that cost is increasing each year. In addition, those foreign countries have less stringent environmental regulations than California, and transport their crude oil via air polluting ships delivering that the oil to California ports.

Now, scheduled for an April 22nd hearing in Sacramento is a bill that would further REDUCE in-state oil production by more than half, resulting in an increase of the daily costs to import that oil from foreign countries from $60 million a day to more than $90 million a day being sent to foreign countries most of which do not like the USA!

We’re talking about Assembly Bill AB-345 (Muratsuchi) “Oil and gas: operations: location restrictions” that would require, commencing January 1, 2020, that all new oil and gas development, as defined, that is not on federal land, to be located at least 2,500 feet from a residence, school, childcare facility, playground, hospital, or health clinic. For these purposes, the bill would require the re-drilling of a previously plugged and abandoned oil or gas well or other rework operations, as defined, to be considered new oil and gas development.

The effect of this “2,500” clear space around production wells would virtually destroy California’s in-state oil production.

Contributory to California being the 5th largest economy in the world are the California’s imports and exports of goods  in July 2018 alone, amounted to more than $36 billion in imported goods and $14 billion in exported goods, for the one month. Popular commodities passing through U.S. west coast ports of entry include: electronics, computers and computer equipment, automotive parts, plastics, industrial supplies and materials, fuel and oil, and clothing.

The state’s daily need to support its 145 airports (inclusive of 33 military, 10 major, and more than 100 general aviation) is 13 million gallons a day of aviation fuels. In addition, for the 35 million registered vehicles of which 90 percent are NOT EV’s are consuming DAILY: 10 million gallons a day of diesel and 42 million gallons a day of gasoline.  Thus, more than 60 million gallons of fuel per day being used by the 5th largest economy in the world.

California has been called an energy island. This is a proper title because it is separated from the rest of the oil production in the U.S. by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Arizona/Nevada Stateline and the Pacific Ocean. With no pipelines to bring the oil into the state from the American shale boom, oil has to travel through the Panama Canal to reach California ports. There are other options of crude oil by trucks, or by railroads, but both have been overwhelmingly ruled out environmentally. Again, the effect of this “2,500” clear space around production wells would virtually destroy California’s in-state oil production.

California’s choice to not increase in-state production is already a national security issue to not access crude oil from the largest shale reserves and ocean crude oil reserves in the country, in the Monterey Shale and Pacific Ocean. There are approximately 2 billion barrels offshore Santa Barbara that are discovered, estimated and producible, but subject to state and federal moratoria on production. The larger reserves are within 7 miles of the coast. This number is significant in that, with recently proven slant-drilling technology, formations within 7 miles of shore are accessible mostly from land-based slant drilling, with no offshore spill risk.

Many in California are working hard to produce hydrocarbon energy efficiently, reliably, and safely, and many others are working hard to develop alternative energy sources that will efficiently, reliably, and safely produce carbon neutral energy, but despite those appreciative efforts, California energy needs continue to grow with growing populations of people, vehicles, and businesses.

As mentioned in a recent Rand research study, on imported oil being a threat to U.S. National Security, the United States and particularly California, would benefit from policies that diminish the sensitivity of the U.S. economy to an abrupt decline in the supply of foreign crude oil to the 5th largest economy in the world.

The latest data from the California Energy Commission (CEC), shows that California fuel consumption is at the highest level since 2009, thus continuation of the state’s dependency on foreign countries for the states’ energy needs seems to be the states future, which may not be in the best interests of U.S. national security.

Hopefully, our lawmakers will consider the impact on the 40 million residents of the 5th largest economy in the world, and not have California increase its dependency on foreign countries for our existence.

There are enough shale reserves in the Pacific Ocean and the Monterey Shale in Santa Barbara to make the State self-sufficient until new forms of energy can be effectively created to wean California off the crude oil bottle. But until that time, the state is at the mercy of its need to import massive amounts of crude oil from anywhere it can and that, my friends, perpetuates California being viewed as a national security risk.

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.

Comments

  1. Wow you mean that the State Democrats would rather import oil from countries? Why not increase imports from other States like Idaho, Wyoming, etc? No that would make the nation more dependent on outsiders, that do not have our best interests.

    Go ahead vote Democrat again. I’ll hand you your suicide device of choice.

  2. I want all of the Wild eyed “Greta” environmentalists who shout “BAN FRACKING” from every desk top to do the following: don’t buy gas, bring the Middle East back into our lives, sell your cars, disconnect the gas meter at your house, start cutting down trees to heat your house and food, stop buying food that has been harvested by tractors or other mechanical devices, throw out your cell phones and computers made of plastic, forget about airplanes or paved roads made of asphalt, bring back the city streets filled with horse poop from all of the horse driven buggies,etc. I could go on but you “Greta Thunbergs” get the point, don’t you? If America switched over to 100% “clean” energy, it would save the World Temp by the year 2100 only .018
    degrees F. Don’t you know how to spell “hypocrite”?

  3. The Captive says

    Good reasons to hate the actions and the LEFT . The worst people in government that hate those who pay their taxes that these government workers take and are absolutely with our RESPONSIBILITY!

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