POLITICS OF ENERGY forum: Aggressive renewable energy plan-California

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May 17, 2011 1:57 PM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ

California Gov. Jerry Brown (Gov. Moonbeam as we knew him in the ‘70s) signed into law a requirement that 1/3 of the states’s energy consumption come from renewable sources by 2020. His comment, to summarize, was that some Republican lawmakers in the state resist the aggressive goal stating that utilities would be forced to raise rates to consumers by 7% during the ramp up. Brown agreed but stated eventually the Reps would come around and realize the wisdom in green.

I think it’s a good idea to put aggressive goals out there. Some will feel a financial impact for awhile but eventually most agree it’s necessary. That’s why we (and the media) are having this discussion. I think the controversy can be compared generally to the discussion on trimming the debt and cutting government costs/entitlements. Lawmakers argue against cuts that will affect their own constituents. No one will come out this debt reduction discussion or the move to renewable/green/fossil-fuel-free energy without a few cuts and bruises.
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