(Article contributed by Joanne Beverly, Campaign Assistant for Honor Robson)
So Southern California Gas is commending Governor Brown and Senator Lara for passing this bill, SB-1383, which will mandate a reduction of methane by 40%, hydrofluorocarbon (“HFC”) gases by 40%, and black carbon by 50% below 2013 levels by 2030. My question is, why? Why would So Cal Gas be for this? I think I got my answer by reading more of the bill text.
The bill text reads that the plan to cause these reductions will be to create more regulations, like regulating cow farts, and for So Cal Gas’s sake, create regulations to steer the Public Utilities Commission to increase the sustainable production and use of renewable gas. My thoughts when reading this was “How much will all this cost and who is going to pay for it?”. I didn’t have to read much further to find this out. The bill reads:
Essentially, the government has created a law that will cause agencies to spend more money that will be reimbursed by the … wait for it … government! As you probably know, the government has no money of its own so they will end up having to ask us for more money or establish more “fees” that We the People will have to pay in order to reimburse agencies who abide by the regulations that were created from this bill that Senator Lara and Governor Brown are being commended for.
Southern California Gas will probably need to create some massive infrastructure (personnel and structures) in order to abide by these regulations. That will grow the company and thus grow their power structure. All of the costs incurred will be reimbursed by the State (aka We the People). So they get more powerful and larger without it costing them anything. No wonder they are commending Governor Brown and Senator Lara!
But what benefit are we really achieving from this legislation?
- Methane can be had from anything. It’s much more environmentally sound than coal. Anything decomposing will create methane gas. Don’t fart!
- Hdroflorocarbon gases, HFCs, is used in refrigeration and air conditioning. Want to get rid of your air conditioner?
- Black Carbon is formed through the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, biofuel, and biomass (re, oil production/refining).
Is it really worth the money that will be spent?
Californians, aka We the People, will be tasked to pay for this legislation to reimburse the agencies who comply with the imposed regulations while also (most likely) having to give up or pay more for conveniences like air conditioners and refrigerators, cars and gas. Our food will cost more as a result of less animals (gotta reduce their farts after all) and regulated agriculture production. All of this incurred costs and inconvenience will serve to lower emissions and in the end we will not make any fractional difference in the environment.
California has 36 million people. With 10% of the population of the country, we are responsible for 1/2 of 1% of the carbon “footprint” for the entire country. I need to ask Californians, is this how you want our legislators to spend our hard working money?
Honor Robson wants to be elected to work towards reducing regulations that create frivolous spending and unwarranted inconveniences for the people of California. Electing Honor Robson will place someone in the California Legislature who will work for the people and with the people in mind. Electing her will also rid the legislature of a Senator who has not worked for the voters of California nor for their interests his entire term.
We need Honor Robson to help us. Take California Back with HONOR! Vote for and encourage others to vote Honor Robson for State Senator!