Who cares about the little people who depend on power for basic human needs when there’s a chance to gain political brownie points, right?
Members of the mayor’s staff have warned that the move will result in massive power outages, but apparently, that doesn’t matter to the democrat.
Instead, the city will look for energy from renewable sources, including wind and solar, he arbitrarily decided.
“This is the Green New Deal … Not in concept, not in the future, but now,” Garcetti said, referring to the idiotic proposal presented by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez last week. He apparently is ignoring the fact that the plan is completely unworkable and was mocked so badly that it had to be removed from the website.
He made the decision despite the fact that “top staffers have argued in recent months that the gas plants are critical to keeping the lights on in the city,” the Times noted.
“The term “Green New Deal” refers to a bill introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) last week, which proposes moving the entire U.S. economy to renewable energy in the next ten years. The plan also aims to provide every American with a guaranteed “job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people.”
“Environmentalists are also opposed to using one of those renewable sources, hydroelectric power, because of concerns about environmental damage caused by dams.
“California has a law already in place mandating a shift to 100% renewable sources — but by 2045, not 2030. It is not clear how the state will achieve that goal.”
Perhaps Garcetti figures since so many people in the largest cities are homeless anyway, they won’t miss the power that will be reduced?
In his comments, Garcetti stared, “[N]ow is the time to start the beginning of the end of natural gas.”
“Ironically, the switch from coal to natural gas over the past decade has enabled the U.S. economy to grow while reducing emissions over the long run. ‘More gas for electricity has been our most effective weapon at combating climate change,’ wrote RealClearEnergy editor Jude Clemente last year.”
Garcetti pledged to replace L.A.’s natural gas plants with wind and solar energy, but offered no plans describing how the city would do so, especially considering he outrageous costs of those ‘renewable energy sources and their inadequate delivery of the amount of power needed.
“Southern California already struggles to provide electricity to consumers during heat waves, when air conditioning use is at a maximum, and prices soar. In addition, utilities have begun shutting down power lines during high winds for fear of starting wildfires.
“During a natural gas leak in Porter Ranch in 2016, L.A. authorities worried that the temporary closure of one natural gas plant could lead to power outages.”
Nevertheless, Eric Garcetti was adamant on a future without fossil fuels, regardless of the fact that there’s absolutely no alternative for them, and many people could die because of the liberal bent.
The mayor delegated the impossible task to the city’s Department of Water and Power, saying “Instead of saying all the reasons why not, get to a reason as to why.”