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California Governor Jerry Brown wants a green legacy regardless of the cost

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California Governor Jerry Brown wants a green legacy regardless of the cost

They’re getting desperate in Sacramento. Specifically, Governor Jerry Brown is getting desperate. He has a short time to cement his legacy as the most environmentally militant major leader of our time and he’s fighting his own party to make it happen.

He may be “just” a governor, but California is the world’s 5th largest economy. Brown carries more fiscal clout than Theresa May, Emmanuel Macron, or Narendra Modi. That’s why the executive order he just signed is so important. In it he committed California to total, economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2045.

On the same day, he signed into law SB 100 to commit California to 100% use of zero-carbon electricity by 2045 as well.

These are now the most aggressive environmental policies in the world. California, under Brown, is leading the way to a greener, cleaner world. They’re also leading the state into fiscal free fall.

To put all of this into perspective, it’s important that we understand exactly what these two actions will do. Zero-carbon electricity is not very hard to achieve. They just have to get around the massive fossil fuel industry and they have the momentum to do so. The problem is, as always, cost. This will take already-outrageous energy prices and raise them dramatically. One expert I spoke to said electricity bills in California will be over double what the rest of the nation pays on average unless unexpected innovations are made quickly.

That’s the easy one. Carbon neutrality for a place like California will require a fundamental change in the way the state operates. It’s not just government agencies that will be affected. If Brown’s executive order is somehow able to stick. it will require massive changes to nearly every business across the state. These changes won’t be easy. They won’t be cheap, either.

The silver lining in this is that it’s an executive order. It can be reversed by the legislature or a future governor. Since it’s so untenable, one would expect that to happen, but this is California. Stranger things constantly happen.

Even leftist Vox is skeptical:

California Gov. Jerry Brown sets history’s most ambitious climate target

https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/9/11/17844896/california-jerry-brown-carbon-neutral-2045-climate-changeGiven its significance, Brown’s order could justly have served as a culminating announcement at the end of the big climate week, a kind of policy finale. It could have been a very big deal.

Instead, no one that I’ve talked to had any idea it was coming. It dropped without advance notice, alongside another major climate announcement (SB100), muddling and muting the media coverage. As a rollout strategy, it was some mix of incompetent and malicious.

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  1. Public Citizen

    September 11, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    California is the Fifth Largest Economy In The World.
    Which is a fact related to the steady drop from the Second Largest in the 1960s and can be directly related to the imposition of stifling environmental regulations that have driven once booming industries to flee California. And the purge continues. How long before Texas passes California on that list?
    Einstein stated that “Insanity repeating the same action and expecting a different outcome”.
    The government in California has been functionally insane for decades. Browns personal insanity is now on full display for the world to see.
    His personal legacy will be of an obsessive and self centered egomaniac, who will impose his demonstrably failed ideology on California despite the social and economic costs.

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Trust in Chicago area police was already low. Then they killed Jemel Roberson.

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Trust in Chicago area police was already low Then they killed Jemel Roberson

An armed security guard prevented anyone from getting killed when gunmen returned to his bar after getting thrown out. He subdued them without using deadly force and was restraining one of the alleged assailants when police arrived. That’s when a resolved situation turned ugly.

A Midlothian police officer shot and killed Jemel Roberson, 26, while responding to a shooting inside Manny’s Blue Room Bar in Robbins, Illinois, about 4 a.m. Sunday. Roberson was pronounced dead at the scene.

This appears to be a case of a truly decent person doing his job and losing his life as a result.

Security guard killed by police in Robbins bar wanted to be a cop, friends say

https://wgntv.com/2018/11/12/officer-responds-to-gunfire-fatally-shoots-security-guard-at-robbins-bar/Friends said Roberson was an upstanding guy who had plans to become a police officer. He was also a musician, playing keyboard and drums at several Chicago-area churches.

“Every artist he’s ever played for, every musician he’s ever sat beside, we’re all just broken because we have no answers,” the Rev. Patricia Hill from Purposed Church said. “He was getting ready to train and do all that stuff, so the very people he wanted to be family with, took his life.”

“Once again, it’s the continued narrative that we see of shoot first, ask questions later,” the Rev. LeAundre Hill said.

My Take

Chicago area residents have had many reasons to not trust the men and women charged with keeping them safe. Controversial police-involved shootings, rising crime rates, and tone deaf leadership in city, county, and state governments have been pushing people in the area to give up on law enforcement.

This will make matters much worse.

The optics on this couldn’t get much uglier, especially if the unnamed police officer who shot Roberson turns out to be Caucasian. Roberson, an African-American, was able to detain four assailants without anyone getting fatally wounded. The fact that he was then fatally shot by police adds a new dimension to the rift between police and the people.

In most incidents where police are believed to have used deadly force unnecessarily, it’s a matter of them shooting an alleged criminal when other means of subduing them could have been used. Such is the case with Jason Van Dyke who fatally shot Laquan McDonald. Nobody argued that McDonald wasn’t dangerous. He was high on PCP, had a knife, and was walking in the middle of the street despite police warnings for him to drop the weapon and get on the ground.

Roberson’s situation is the opposite. He was doing his duty as a security guard and very likely saved lives in the process. His death is almost certainly going to start another round of racial tensions and anti-police protests that could cause tremendous turmoil throughout the Chicagoland area.

There is usual gray area in police shootings, but this seems pretty black and white to me. Jemel Roberson acted heroically. Instead of a happy ending for the day and a bright future in law enforcement ahead, he’s gone.

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Unless there’s a miracle, Arizona just put Kyrsten Sinema in the Senate

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Unless theres a miracle Arizona just put Kyrsten Sinema in the Senate

As of this morning, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has a 32,169 vote lead over Republican Martha McSally. There are still votes left to count with both sides claiming the uncounted votes favor them, but considering the sources for remaining ballots, it appears they favor Sinema.

In other words, she almost certainly won.

What does that say about the state of the Republican Party? What does it say about Arizona? What is the writing on the wall for the American people?

Big questions surround this election because the race really should have gone the other way if we use conventional wisdom. Sinema was caught on multiple occasions disparaging the people she hoped to represent, calling Arizona the “meth lab of democracy.” She ran as a moderate, which is easily contradicted by both her extreme Green Party views a decade ago and her voting record in Congress. Her opponent, McSally, is a veteran who flew combat missions in Afghanistan. She truly is a moderate.

All of these factors tell us a state like Arizona should have picked McSally. Unfortunately, it appears that isn’t the case.

Did the GOP do enough? If you ask McSally’s team, at least one of them doesn’t think so. A senior member of her campaign staff who wanted to remain anonymous said the state GOP “did right by us” but the RNC was focused elsewhere.

“We heard support was coming but it didn’t. Not enough of it at least,” the senior campaign member said. “I got the feeling they thought PACs would swoop in and save the day but the RNC was absent. If we lose it’s on us but they let it happen.”

As for what this says about Arizona, we have to wonder whether the illegal immigration message is being used properly in the border state. Illegal immigration hurts legal immigrants the most, yet McSally’s border security message didn’t seem to resonate.

Texas didn’t fall to a far-leftist, but it appears Arizona did. If the result hold, the GOP should watch closely to see if this is a one-off or the beginning of a trend similar to their surges from 2010-2016.

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Heartbreaking videos of the California fires

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Heartbreaking videos of the California fires

California is burning. Populated areas of Northern and Southern California are leaving multiple trails of devastation across the state.

They have affected hundreds of thousands who have been forced to evacuate their homes. Thousands of buildings have been burned to the ground. Dozens of fatalities have been reported and more are expected to be found once the smoke clears.

Here are some videos that tell the tales of this fury. It’s not over yet. The worst may still be ahead.

Everyone in the paths of the fires, from those living in mobile homes to those in Malibu mansions, are at great risk.

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