The problem is that the state’s target for renewable energy generation is far ahead of the market for such energy. In fact, private R&D funding for renewable energy is $1 billion less than it was 10 years ago, according to the state energy commission.
That’s because, for all the promise of renewable energy, the price of electricity generated by solar, wind, geothermal and other renewable sources remains higher than the price of electricity generated by natural gas and nuclear power, which, between them, continue to generate 70 percent of the Golden State’s electricity.
That’s why lawmakers have mandated an artificial share of the state’s electricity market to renewable energy. That also is why the state government continues to directly and indirectly subsidize renewable energy.
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No matter how much it hurts, how many more jobs it kills, how less competitive it makes CA businesses, clean energy now, outrageous costs be damned.
Three great articles if you’ve got an open mind, a curious intellect and a streak of rebel who covets being free above being PC.
Thanks to Manny Klausner for the great emails which I love to share with my Face Book and Blog Community.
1.) Climategate’s Harry_Read_Me.txt: We All Really Should.
The comprehensive collection of excerpts from the appalling CRU text file. A must read.
December 11, 2009 – by Andie Brownlow
One of the most damning pieces of evidence in Climategate (so far) is a text file called HARRY_READ_ME.txt. This file is supposedly written by Ian “Harry” Harris, a researcher at the University of East Anglia’s CRU (Climatic Research Unit). In it he details the trials and tribulations of being tasked with creating a new climate information database from previous publications and databases. According to Harry’s documented struggle, he is confronted with missing, manipulated, and undocumented data that he has to use to try to piece together the newer TS 3.0 database. Click here to read the full post.
2.) What’s the Best Way to Handle Future Climate Change?
Carbon markets, carbon taxes, technological push, or economic growth?
December 8, 2009 | Ronald Bailey
This week representatives from over 190 nations began gathering in Copenhagen to try to hammer out a global treaty to handle the problem of man-made global warming. As a long-time reporter on environmental issues, I, for many years, doubted the severity of the issue, but as the various temperature data sets (satellite, surface, balloon) began to converge, I became persuaded that man-made global warming is real and a potential problem. Global average temperature trends in recent decades suggest that the planet is warming up at a rate of about 0.13 per decade. (Interestingly, recent temperature data finds that while the last decade has been the warmest on average in modern records, global average temperatures have not been increasing since 1998.) So the question is: If global warming is a problem, what are the smartest policies to address it?
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3.) The Coming Energy Abundance
How new technology can lower prices and reshape the global economy
September 22, 2008 | Jon Basil Utley
As politicians, consumers, and manufacturers fret over the price of oil, there’s good news on the energy front: Natural gas production is booming from “huge shale beds found throughout North America,” reports The New York Times. The improving technology of underground horizontal drilling and fracturing has opened up trillions of cubic feet of gas that had formerly been thought unobtainable. And natural gas can also be used to run automobiles (after about $2,000 in conversion costs). These and other alternative methods of lowering fuel prices could dramatically reshape not only energy policy but the global economy.
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Berkeley Professor tells UCSC gathering that nuclear energy is a viable solution to America’s energy needs.
Crowd gathers for inaugural physics lecture at UCSC
Santa Cruz Sentinel
By Chris Watson – email@example.com
Posted: 02/14/2009 01:30:48 AM PST
SANTA CRUZ — Richard A. Muller’s Berkeley buddies from the ’60s might have been surprised to hear him tell the audience at UC Santa Cruz’s Music Recital Hall Wednesday evening that nuclear energy was a viable solution to America’s energy needs.