Mike Shellenberger+ Your Authors @ShellenbergerMD Best-selling author, “Apocalypse Never” : Time “Hero of Environment” : Green Book Award : Pres., Environmental Progress : Invited IPCC Expert : MD = my initials Aug. 17, 2020 2 min read + Your Authors

Hi @KamalaHarris - Berkeley, Calif. resident here

We are in 3rd night of blackouts b/c of our over-reliance on unreliable renewables & the closure of nat gas & nuclear plants

Genuine question: why should the rest of the U.S. follow our lead?

You say "we'll create millions of jobs"

But won't most of those good jobs in renewables be manufacturing solar panels in China?

Won't the US jobs mostly be the same low-skill and low-wage installation & weatherization jobs California created?

Also, California's climate agenda resulted in power prices rising 6x more than in rest of US

Don't economists on the Left and Right broadly agree that making energy more expensive is highly regressive — even more so than making food expensive?

The US saw its CO2 emissions from electricity decline 27% (!) in the U.S. between 2007 and 2018, mostly thanks to the fracking revolution, which resulted in abundant & cheap natural gas, which is replacing coal

Why, then, do you want to ban fracking?

Only nations that use a lot of nuclear have significantly replaced fossil fuels

Why, then, didn't you follow-through on the glaring evidence of criminal activity leading to the closure of a Calif. nuclear plant, which spiked emissions & prices?

 https://www.kpbs.org/news/2016/apr/05/california-critics-kamala-harris-san-onofre-probe/ 

Also, Californians have over-paid $20B (!) on gasoline since 2005 & nobody knows why because @JerryBrownGov & now @GavinNewsom refuse to investigate

Why didn't you investigate potential criminal activity as SF's D.A., Attorney General, or U.S. Senator?

 https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2019/04/18/mystery-surcharge-taxes-fees-gasoline-california/ 

Would you please consider investigating California's mystery gasoline surcharge now?

It's costing the average Californian family an astonishing *$1,800* per year

 https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/10/03/editorial-california-ag-should-investigate-unexplained-gas-surcharge/ 

Had the San Onofre nuclear plant still been operating, we wouldn't have had these blackouts

Now, @GavinNewsom wants to close Diablo Canyon, which provides power for 3M Californians, in 2024/5

Do you support or oppose closing Diablo?

 https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2019/09/03/why-california-may-go-nuclear/#27ac3c3cae02 

To manage our increasingly unreliable grid, California will need to a) keep our last nuclear plant operating, b) build more nat gas plants, or c) pay ever-more money annually to reserve emergency electricity supply from its neighbors.

Which do you favor?

 https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2020/08/15/why-californias-climate-policies-are-causing-electricity-black-outs/#3324b81c1591 

Correction: To manage our increasingly unreliable grid, California will need to do TWO of the following: a) keep our last nuclear plant operating, b) build more nat gas plants, c) pay ever-more money annually to reserve emergency electricity supply from its neighbors.


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