Democrats say California is model for climate action but its blackouts say otherwise

Democrats say California is model for climate action but its blackouts say otherwise
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[Ed. – No, they’re right. California is the model for climate action. Any state or locality that follows its lead and switch to wind and solar power can anticipate rolling blackouts any time there is a strain on the electrical grid.]

At the Democratic National Convention this week, presidential and vice-presidential candidates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will make the case for spending $2 trillion, or $500 billion per year, to transition the U.S. away from fossil fuels toward renewables like solar and wind.

Biden has said he would not “tinker around the edges” with his plan. “We’re going to make historic investments that will seize the opportunity.”

In many respects, the Biden-Harris plan is even more aggressive than California’s. “The plan is very bold,” Leah Stokes of the University of California, Santa Barbara, told the Financial Times. “There is no [US] state right now that has a target this ambitious.”

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But California’s big bet on renewables, and shunning of natural gas and nuclear, is directly responsible for the state’s blackouts and high electricity prices.

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