Heedless of blackouts, California pursues emissions goals. Is Vermont next?

By David Flemming, Ethan Allen Institute

The progressive think tank Energy Innovation reports that California “is not on track to achieve its climate goals. Compared to historical trends, California will need to more than triple the pace of emissions reductions to hit its 2030 target of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.” And this despite enduring an electric blackout in 2020 and narrowly avoiding a blackout this month, due to heavier reliance on solar.

California’s 2006 “Global Warming Solutions Act, AB 32 was a landmark program in the struggle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Up until 2006, the United States was the largest emitter of carbon dioxide emissions in the world, and California was the second highest state in terms of total greenhouse gas emissions. California has operated under a Global Warming Solutions Act which predates Vermont’s GWSA by 14 years. “Under AB 32, California was required to reduce statewide emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. It also required that California greenhouse gas emissions be reduced to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.” (Vermont also requires that emissions are reduced to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050).

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  1. Maybe so one can explain the logic that GMP uses. I fail to understand it. Limit your ability to respond to power outages etc. with a truck that requires electric power to perform necessary repairs and/or maintenance. The lack of foresight is astounding. That the state required GMP to destroy a perfectly usable truck that could have been sold or remain in the fleet as backup is beyond reckless and wasteful. The so called climate agenda narratives have destroyed the ability of GMP and obviously the state, to make logical business decisions.

  2. As I said before in regards to Vermont tying our future to Californicatin, Monkey see, monkey do, but the first monkey is jumping of a cliff. Should the second monkey follow it ?

  3. What climate goals are they hoping to achieve?
    The climate cares nothing about human use of fuels, or cattle farts. We are not going to be controlled another false narrative.
    When the End of Oil turned out to be wrong, and Trump made the US energy independent, whoa, the leftist globalist mafia freaked. They need poverty in order to enslave. No fuels, no fertilizer, no food.

    “Our power is in the chronic shortness of food and physical weakness of the worker because by all that this implies he is made the slave of our will, and he will not find in his own authorities either strength or energy to set against our will. Hunger creates the right of capital to rule the worker more surely than it was given to the aristocracy by the legal authority of kings.
    8. By want and the envy and hatred which it engenders we shall move the mobs and with their hands we shall wipe out all those who hinder us on our way.”

    Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

    Screw em.

  4. California is promoting and eventually essentially mandating battery cars and also suggesting you not charge them during certain weather conditions and high demand periods and ultimately has the authority to order complete power blackouts. This kind of government control over one’s energy usage and availability does not do a lot for getting people excited about electric cars. Now that air-source heat pump technology has achieved a high efficiency of utilizing electricity for home heating (and cooling), an organized campaign is under way by Vermont officials and power utilities to get people to adopt it in place of existing fossil-fueled heating. The push is also on here for purchasing electric vehicles. Before people jump into committing to an energy source for basic necessities like home heating and transportation, we are entitled to some assurance that the same government that is poised to pass mandates does not also have it’s finger on the kill switch. If heating oil runs into supply issues, generally you have a stash in the tank to get you by for a while but cutting off the electricity renders you subject to freezing pipes without a backup plan.
    Henry Ford found a market for and built his affordable cars only AFTER the infrastructure was in place to fuel them. Charging stations are still few and far between in Vermont and if everyone did what the legislature wants…drive electric and heat with electric air-exchange heat pumps, our electric infrastructure would crumble like California’s. It needs to be built out BEFORE mandates create havoc, especially for people of limited means.

  5. My son in law is a mechanical engineer for U.S. Surgical in CT and is the liaison with the engineers for the power company on a project for the plant. These engineers told him we will have rolling blackouts in New England this winter because of the shortage of natural gas the power plants run on all due to the reduction of oil production in the United States