Friday, May 19, 2017

California Decides to Become Uninhabitable Within 10 Years

According to a guest post on Watts Up With That, California's state assembly and senate have passed laws that require the state to reduce carbon emissions to 40% of the state's 1990 levels by the year 2030.  The new levels are 60% of the 2020 emissions levels, required by current CO2 reduction laws.  Yes, they are cascading reductions on top of other reductions which haven't been met, yet.
It doesn't matter that this is thoroughly impractical or that it will have virtually no impact on anything they think it will and is among the purest forms of Virtue Signaling you'll find.  If you're reading this from home in the Golden State, plan your escape before property values collapse.  Get Out Now.

WUWT author Larry Hamlin rightly says that if the state government is going to succeed, they're going to have to outlaw or strictly limit car usage - the largest source of CO2 emissions.  In fact, they'll have to go full tilt Agenda 21 or 2030 or whatever they're calling it today.  The state will have to control and dictate virtually every aspect of Californian’s lives including:
  • where and how they can live,
  • what kind of jobs and businesses they can work in,
  • what kind of housing they can have,
  • what kind of car they can drive (if any),
  • how many miles can they drive,
  • what kind of public transportation they must use,
  • how many times they must walk and bicycle,
  • how much and what kind of energy they can use,
  • what kind and how food can be farmed,
The last of industry ought to be looking at making their escapes very soon.  I know Texas has been actively recruiting the fleeing Californians and I believe our state has been as well.
The largest single source of the states (SIC) greenhouse gas emissions by far and away is the transportation sector (37%) with the industrial sector second (24%) , instate electricity generation third (12%) and import electricity generation and agriculture tied at fourth (8%).
The benefit of all this disruption in California, essentially either massively reducing the state's population or removing most cars, is going to be immeasurably small - if there's any benefit at all.  In global terms, California's total CO2 emissions are less than 0.4% of the global CO2 emissions EIA forecasts for year 2030 and the reductions are 60% of that.  The rest of the planet, especially the "developing world" is proceeding with building coal fired power plants just about as fast as they can be built.

In a piece I wrote in 2010, my first year here, I found a number for the amount of CO2 required to raise global temperature 1 degree C - according to the warmist's models. 1.8 million million metric tons.  California is going to reduce emissions by 172 million metric tons.  Since 172 is close to 180, lets be generous and round their reduction up to that.  That means they will reduce global temperature rise by 180/1,800,000 or .0001 degree C, which simply isn't detectable in a system as big as the planet.  

It's a well-known truism that "gun control isn't about guns; it's about control".  The same goes here: "it's not about carbon dioxide control, it's about control".  Who's going to be left in California?  Limousine liberals, and rich Hollywood types.  Many environmentalists have said they'd like to see the number of humans reduced by 95%.  This way, they might get their wish in their state without actually having to kill anyone off.  


  1. We're looking at houses here in Colorado this weekend. The elitists in other parts of Colorado would love to implement something similar to this.

    As long as it doesn't affect them, of course.

    The ranchers, farmers, and energy producers out here still have a LOT of clout in the state government, so hopefully plans like Kommiefornia wants would never happen out here.....

  2. I bought land in the mountains near Flagstaff and I'm building there. I'll make my CALEXIT as soon as the CA house sells. Dr. Jim and I are in a competition to see who will leave first.

    1. It'll be you, LL.

      My wife retires June 15th, we still have a bunch of stuff to do on the house, then get it inspected, appraised, and listed.

      I expect it will sell in a few weeks, and then it's packing, and we're OUTTA HERE!

  3. There is a way to end the madness. Kill everyone involved in Government from the cafeteria lunch lady up. Government is NOT one man or one party. It is a vast mafia that works together. The only way to stop evil is to STOP the evil. As long as any particle of the beast survives it will grow again like the cancer it is. The only "good" government is no government.---Ray

  4. It is Virtue Signaling of course. But it is so much more. Companies will be able to "buy" exemptions to these rules and there will be taxes and penalties to be paid as well. This is more about legislative robbery than it is Virtue Signaling.

  5. I think you are looking at this wrong. Under NO circumstances should a state solicit companies from California to move to their state.
    Let me explain why. If company "A" moves to Texas it will bring with it many of it's employees. Remember it is these people, the California residents that elected those nuts and put them in power. If you let them into your state they will do the same thing.
    I lived in Oregon for 10 years an watched a fundamentally conservative state turn insanely liberal from the people escaping from the crazy California laws and taxes. What did they do when they got to Oregon? They again voted the same loony lefties into power. I watched it happen.
    I moved from Oregon to Seattle WA and watched the exact thing happen.
    8 years ago I moved to Dallas Tx. At that time the Dallas morning news was a conservative paper but in the last election it endorsed Hillary. Why? Because Texas went all in to entice Californians to come to Texas. I think in 4 to 8 more years Texas will elect a Democrat as President and Governor.
    This year I moved to Alabama because I can see the writing on the wall.
    By the way, I am a born Texan and it breaks my heart to see what is happening there.

    The best thing to do is to build a wall around California and not let those people out. Force them to deal with the problems they have made.

    Every election cycle in Texas there is a discussion about seceding from the union. And quite often the discussion turns to the problem will illegal immigration. My position is to allow all the Hispanics in and deport all the Californians. We would have been better off.

  6. I'll side with Anon @1247 - Californians are Cancer, socally speaking.
    At first the establshed locals can resist, but eventually the invaders will reach critical mass and it's Oregon II.

    As for California, the legislature can pass all the laws they want, but I'll predict a wall along the 5 long before there's one along the Rio Grande. It'll be a economic wall as the producers exercise leverage on Sacramento because Land. Better than 50% of America's vegetables and a lot of the fruit comes from that space between the 5 and the mountains and that's leverage. Eventually, though, the brain dead crazies in Sac will decide they can start enforcing their stupidity instead of just taxing for it, at which point we'll see something kinetic happen.

    But I'll agree - if you're west of the 5, get out now. And, even east of the 5, if your business is portable, move it someplace else. Just mind your manners when you get there.