WSJ Editorial Board: California blackouts result of ‘man-made climate policies’, ‘not climate change’

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The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board criticized California Governor Gavin Newsom’s climate change policies on Wednesday, arguing they are the root of the state’s energy shortages.

“California narrowly avoided blackouts on Tuesday, but the threat looms all week amid an unpleasant but not unusual heat wave,” the editors wrote in a notice titled “Gavin Newsom’s Dirty Energy Secret.” .

“This should be a warning about how the government-powered green energy transition is jeopardizing grid reliability, but Democrats and the media can’t step out of their climate change compliance to think straight, or think at all,” they continued. .

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OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 09: California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks during a bill signing ceremony. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California doesn’t have enough energy to meet consumer demand and has asked people to reduce their air conditioning use, power their homes and even charge their electric cars during heat waves. Last week, the California power grid operator issued “Energy Emergency Alert 3”, its highest alert level.

“Democrats blame climate change for the state’s weeklong warnings to save energy, but California’s climate hasn’t suddenly changed,” the Journal’s editors wrote. “What has changed dramatically in recent years is California’s electricity production.”

“Solar and wind power have grown rapidly thanks to rich government subsidies as well as the state’s renewable energy mandate,” the editors wrote.

They noted that these subsidies have made it harder for gas and nuclear producers to make money and, as a result, have caused said facilities to shut down.

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AC Gov.  Gavin Newsome with President Joe Biden

CA Gov. Gavin Newsome with President Joe Biden
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“[T]As a result, the state often runs out of power when the sun goes down,” they wrote.

The editors noted that California must “rely on imports from other states at night” and that “those imports become less reliable as California’s neighbors also lose base load generators due to their own builds. renewable”.

“During heat waves that sweep through the Southwest like the one this week, California must resort to emergency measures to reduce electricity demand,” they wrote.

The editors warned that “what starts in California rarely stays in California” and that “Americans everywhere will soon be soaked by higher prices for increasingly unreliable electricity.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom makes an appearance after polls close in the recall election, at the California Democratic Party headquarters in Sacramento, California, U.S. September 14, 2021.

California Governor Gavin Newsom makes an appearance after polls close in the recall election, at the California Democratic Party headquarters in Sacramento, California, U.S. September 14, 2021.
(REUTERS/Fred Greaves)

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“The grid problems that Californians are enduring will grow and spread as oversized green energy subsidies and mandates spread their harmful incentives through the American economy in the years to come. The culprit is the policies of the left, not climate change,” they concluded.