California’s Energy Scorecard Fails on the World Stage

California, with 0.5 percent of the world’s population (40 million vs 8 billion) professes to be the leader of everything and through its dysfunctional energy policies imports more electricity than any other state – currently at 32 percent from the Northwest and Southwest – and has forced California to be the only state in contiguous America that imports most of its crude oil energy demands from foreign country suppliers to meet the energy demands of the state. 

State energy policies have made California electricity and fuel prices among the highest in the nation which have been contributory to the rapid growth of “energy poverty” for the 18 million (45 percent of the 40 million Californians) that represent the Hispanic and African American populations of the state.

Access to electricity is now an afterthought in most parts of the world, so it may come as a surprise to learn that 16 percent of the world’s population — an estimated 1.2 billion people — are still living without this basic necessity. Lack of access to electricity, or “energy poverty”, is the ultimate economic hindrance as it prevents people from participating in the modern economy.

Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. At least 80 percent of humanity, or almost 6 billion, lives on less than $10 a day. Other nations and continents living in abject poverty without electricity realize California, and large parts of the U.S. buying into green new deals, renewable futures, and zero-carbon societies are left with the dystopic reality of mass homelessness, filth and rampant inequality that increasingly characterize the GND core values.

Today, the current world population of 7.8 billion  is projected to reach 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100

Over the last 100 years, climate-related deaths in developed countries have decreased by 95 percent, mostly attributable to the use of fossil fuels and the products made from petroleum derivatives, that have lifted more than a billion people out of poverty in just the past twenty-five years. We can thank fossil fuels and capitalism for that and more. 

Currently, underdeveloped countries, mostly from energy starved countries, are experiencing about 11,000,000 child deaths every year of which more than 70 per cent are attributable to six causes: diarrhea, malaria, neonatal infection, pneumonia, preterm delivery, or lack of oxygen at birth. About 29,000 children under the age of five – 21 each minute – die every day, mainly from preventable causes

When you include fatalities of “other than children” the world numbers get even worse…

After that slice of morbidity I’d like to present a tad of relatively good news as to why the world is looking at the safety of nuclear power reactors. The worldwide total of nuclear deaths  – not annually, but from inception of nuclear –  including Three Mile Island (March 1979), Chernobyl (April 1986) and Fukushima (March 2011) are LESS than 200.

As a result of safety and ability to provide continuous uninterruptable zero emission electricity, today there are about 440 nuclear reactors operating in 30 countries around the world with 50 more under construction. Significant further capacity is being created by plant upgrading of existing reactors.  Additionally, there are 140 nuclear powered ships that have accumulated 12,000 reactor years of “safe” marine operation. 

Even China, with thousands of coal-fired power plants, already has 46 nuclear reactors in operation and 11 more under construction to provide continuous uninterruptible zero-emission electricity.

  • California’s goal is ZERO nuclear power plants to generate zero emission electricity.

In 2016, natural gas-fired generators accounted for 42% of the operating electricity generating capacity in the United States with 200 more set to open.

  • California’s goal is ZERO natural gas power plants to generate continuous uninterruptable electricity.
  • California’s green goals are to only rely on intermittent electricity from wind and solar and hope that the Northwestern and Southwestern states can generate enough extra power to meet the electricity demands of the 5th largest economy in the world.

With countries around the world and other American states focused on providing continuous uninterruptable electricity, and the more than 6,000 products made from petroleum derivatives for use in the daily lives of their residents, we must give California a FAILING GRADE on the world stage for its energy policies.

If we continue to deny the growing poor populations the benefits of electricity, medicines, heating and countless other developments made possible by deep earth minerals and fuels, to ever achieve the lifestyle benefits afforded the climate activists, then we need to justify our reasoning for allowing those millions of preventable deaths from occurring every year in third world countries.

Ronald Stein is founder and ambassador for Energy & Infrastructure of PTS Advance, headquartered in Irvine, California.

This article was originally published by Fox and Hounds Daily.

Comments

  1. The point has been reached already when there are more people than the earth and/or humans can handle. If strategies are not developed to control the population the result will be the same as has happened throughout the eons – food and land will become scarce, density will become stifling, jobs will be hard to find, dependency on handouts will increase rapidly past where we already are. When that happens all forms of life resort to terrible strategies to survive or maybe they die from new diseases or maybe just the will to live. We truly are at a turning point of facing reality – or just letting the clock run out which is the ultimate reality. Do you know of any politician that wants to deal with this???

    • Chris Renner says

      That is completely and utterly false! Since Paul Ehrlich predicted that in the 70’s the world population has grown and agriculture production has increased along with it. The only nations that have suffered food shortages have ALL been socialist countries. In the free world, there are less people per capita in poverty than ever before. If Californians and Americans are allowed to creatively engage in commerce, the world can continue to grow and be fed. The only way American politicians will ever have to deal with this problem is if Socialist / Communist / Fascist policies are permitted to take root.

    • Over population ? Government control of Human reproduction ? You must be smoking some bad granola . Throw your and you own families under the bus if you want but YOU have no right to say that the human race should all be controlled like cattle. Maybe those who feel that we all need population should first , euthanize their won families and then themselves to reduce the population and make the world a better place. I look around and I see that in another 1000 years ,if there is no sickness and no more war then population should be a concern but it is up to the citizens and not government to decide what to do about it.
      From the Sword of —

  2. Chris Renner says

    …and now California wants to eliminate the sale of all gasoline cars by 2035? Doubling down on failed energy with more policies that will fail. All government policies generally fail but California continues to produce policies that all result in classic blunders… Let’s see… Doubling pensions for all public employees under Grey Davis, Environmental policies that reduce home affordability, 138 state agencies, many that duplicate the work of other agencies, Lack of forest clean out that results in more fires and less homes, and the classic Choo Choo Train from nowhere to nowhere. California hasn’t completed anything on time, under budget or remotely useful in at least 75 years and now, these policies meant to “save the planet” will most assuredly reduce the quality of life, increase homelessness in a state that is a world leader in homelessness, and not affect the temperature of California by even 1/100th of a degree. California is among the nations worst in crime, road quality, education, taxes, and homelessness. You can also add stupidity to the list!

  3. California is being DRIVEN TO A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY BY THE DEMOCRAPS….VOTE EVERY SINGLE3 ONE OF THESE COMMUNISTS OUT OF OFFICE…

  4. Slick Marxist Newsom just made the recall petition easier.

    The claims about population increasing, particularly in the USA / Calif. are junk. Stop the illegals and you will have a reduced population. We have been below ZP for close to 50 years now. You are seeing reduced population in countries that have moved to 2nd world economies, and 1st world economies are seeing a decline.

    It is starting to impact everything. The cities will start to show no increases in population. Automation will be the key to keeping the economy afloat. AI will make travel safe and Slick and his Marxist friends can…… never mind.

  5. Wouldn’t it be fun if other states stopped providing the 1/3 energy we import?

    Imagine: Sorry California, figure it out yourself.

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