But we applaud the Californians for trying to take energy savings and sustainability to the next level.
While Texas is raising the speed limit to promote more oil consumption California is:
-Pledging "to obtain a third of it's electricity from renewable sources such as wind, solar, and geothermal by 2020"
The feeling is that this goal will, "stimulate clean-technology investment, create jobs, improve air quality, promote energy independence and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions."
California's utilities seem to be on board with these goals although they did miss similar targets that expired in 2010 but not by much.
California State Senator Joe Simitian said, "he expects the new targets to again boost the state's renewable energy industry. 'If we send a clear signal to the market, the market will send investment dollars to California'"
Currently California's power production profile shows only 2% of power from coal, but 57% from nat gas and the rest from hydro(12%), nuclear(15%) and renewables (14%).
We feel that a massive change in the way industry does things often needs government direction and support. The amount of incentives offered oil and gas producers is well documented. As Mr Obama says we need to direct incentives away from oil and gas and toward renewables.
Conservastore is glad California is taking care of itself but as it rolls out new technologies all the Americas will benefit as well
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portions of this report from the Wall St Journal-vaughni vara and rebecca smith