As if California could not get any more irresponsible, this comes along. All new homes must be Solar powered. All farms must have 25 percent of their land in windmills. Free College, Free Healthcare…. what am I leaving out? Moonbeams and lollipops. And just who will be bailing out California? Just asking:
The California Senate Majority Leader Kevin de León has introduced a new bill that would mandate the Golden State get all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045. This replaces a law that was passed in 2016 that dictated that renewable energy sources be 50% of all electricity produced by 2030. This bill moves that requirement up to 2025 with the 50% edict and establishes the new 100% standard 20 years later.
What has not been widely discussed in the press – and buried in the details of the bill – is that all new homes and all homes sold must have solar panels as their source of energy. All apartment buildings with more than four units must install solar panels by 2025, and all commercial and office buildings must do the same. As for farms, they must commit 25% of their acreage to windmills.
The backlash was most agitated from organized farm interest groups. Steve Manger, President of the California Farm Association, was not shocked by the plan. He told us, “What the hell, they have taken all of our water away from us for growing crops. They have killed the breadbasket of America; why not put those ugly contraptions on the fallow land?”
“We are very concerned about the effects on the poor of California. California has the highest poverty rate in the nation.” We asked the Senator how the people outside Silicon Valley and Beverly Hills are going to pay for the costs of upgrading their homes. The Senator spoke of the federal subsidies for this.
He then said, “California has its own program and we plan on expanding that. The program, of course, will be income qualified and aimed toward identified minorities.”
Expanding on that issue, he said anyone who can show they are Black, Hispanic, LGBTQ or disabled will get a special subsidy. We are particularly targeting our Native American friends. As long as you can prove you are at least 1/16 Native American we will provide a full subsidy for those individuals.”