I just don’t get it. And apparantly, neither do residents of CA.
California doesn’t want more nuclear plants. They don’t want more coal plants. They don’t want more gas plants, but are getting them reluctantly and with so many emissions controls on them that the cost per kW-hr is outrageous. It does not matter if coal and nuclear plants meet or exceed 100% of all Federal, State, County, City, and Homes Association laws and regualtions. The Greens will file literally billions of dollars in nuisance suits to stop planning and construction.
No more hydro power is realistically available, and the Greens want to tear down the dams that California does have. Wind, solar, geothermal are a joke - a sad, tragic joke, with respect to supplying any serious amount of energy to CA. The Greens big hope was that prices would increase, people in CA would start conserving, and prices would drop again. When human nature prevented this from happening, the Democratic spin machine blames deregulation.
CA wanted to continue to buy power from the North and from Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. Far better that those evil plants stay out of the state, and the CA utility consumer pays an inflated price for their power. Just like Germany’s effort to stop using coal, instead buying their power from Poland, where it wil be generated by, guess what? Coal plants. Of lower efficiency and poorer environmental controls than the existing German ones, so overall they are actually hurting the environment more. :rolleyes:
I have no sympathy for CA - it got itself into this mess. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. The power costs what it costs, and no amount of price controls is going to change that. No power producer will sell power at a loss in CA for an extended period of time. I’ve even heard minority “activists” on the news claim that the Federal Government should force other States to sell power to CA at a loss, citing a violation of the Civil Rights Act (WTF??? Talk about nonsequiters!). What can Bush do? Nothing, except for getting Congress to grant some sort of emergency legislative immunity from nuisance lawsuits. The problem was caused by Californians, and must be solved by them.
And the solution is simple. CA residents can either:
Buckle down, pay their bills, start conserving to lower the bills, and thank the Greens. Or,
Build a couple nuke plants, or a couple new coal plants, especially to balance out the SF area.
And hey - don’t get me wrong. Read my past energy threads, where I point out again and again that conservation is a key element in our energy future, if not the key element. And if Californians don’t mind $600 a month electric bills 3 years from now, based on their current average household consumption, that’s great. More power to them. But until the average Californian decides to either start seriously conserving, or to stand up to the Greens in their own State, this situation will continue. Oh sure, that big gas plant they’re building will help some when it comes online, but it’s just a stopgap measure. And just think what happens if all the nuke plants shut down.