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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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Border patrol saves 7 illegal immigrants, including 3 children, from drowning in the Rio Grande

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Border patrol saves 7 illegal immigrants including 3 children from drowning in the Rio Grande

Seven illegal immigrants from El Salvador were rescued by U.S. border patrol as they attempted to cross the Rio Grande River on Tuesday. The four adults and three children were unable to stay afloat in the rapid waters and had to call out for help. Luckily for them, border patrol was nearby and saved all seven lives.

“The higher number of families attempting to illegally enter the United States exposes more vulnerable adults and children to the hazards and risks of crossing the Rio Grande River,” said Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak. “If not for the quick response by our Border Patrol agents, this incident could have ended tragically with the loss of life of three small children and their parents.”
According to border patrol:

On March 19, while conducting maritime operations, the Del Rio Station Marine Unit rescued two families from El Salvador after they attempted to cross the Rio Grande River near the Del Rio Port of Entry. The two families, totaling seven individuals, including three children ages three, four, and 10, were struggling to stay afloat in the swift current. The agents heard them call out for help because they could no longer hold their children while trying to stay above water. The agents immediately recognized their distress and navigated their service vessel toward the individuals, deployed a rescue rope, and safely pulled the individuals aboard the vessel.

All seven individuals were determined to be nationals of El Salvador. All were in good health and were transported to the Del Rio Border Patrol Station for processing in accordance with CBP guidelines.

My Take

We are often told stories by the media about the dangerous conditions from which the masses of people from Central America are fleeing. While the President and other Republicans, as well as border patrol itself, tries to tell people the dangers these people face on their journeys, leftist media continues to downplay it. It becomes especially dangerous for those who choose to enter illegally instead of using a much safer port of entry, as Tuesday’s near-tragedy demonstrates.

The bravery of border patrol agents doing their thankless jobs while getting constant criticism from the left and little support at all from Washington DC is worth commendation.

Mainstream media loves to pounce any times harm comes to illegal immigrants in border patrol custody. When they save lives, as they did yesterday, it’s radio-silence from the press. Why? It’s just another example of why we need to build the wall now.

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Snopes downgrades truth about Beto’s arrests to ‘mostly true’ because a meme got his band’s name wrong

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Snopes downgrades truth about Betos arrests to mostly true because a meme got his bands name wrong

Fact checkers are all the rage in the age of fake news. Unfortunately, all of the major fact checkers are left leaning at best, downright progressive at worst. That’s why I make it part of my daily routine to check the checkers to see what they spun today. This latest installment is minor in the whole scheme of things, but it highlights the intense need to protect Democrats whenever possible.

Snopes took on the task of fact checking the following statement:

Beto O’Rourke was in a band called the El Paso Pussycats and was arrested at least twice in the 1990s.

This is true. Beto was arrested twice, which makes him an ideal candidate for the party of lawlessness and disorder. But Snopes, in their certified fact checking wisdom, decided to pick the statement about the arrests that included the name of his band. The statement they chose had the wrong name for the band, using their album name instead. This was enough for them to downgrade the statement from “True” to “Mostly True.”

Not a big deal, right? Actually, it’s bigger than one might think. When people search for Beto and look only for things that are true about him, they will not be shown information about his arrests. The site could have picked literally any other claim about the arrests to fact-check, but had to dig deep to find an internet meme from his failed Senatorial bid last year in order to find one with a statement that included something incorrect in it.

Beto ORourke Arrest

You’ll notice they made sure to mention that both charges were dismissed. The circumstances behind the dismissals seemed to do nothing to negate the crimes he actually committed.

This is just another example of the “fact-checker” running cover for a Democrat they like. The meat of the fact, Beto’s arrests, won’t be found on this site as “True” because they were selective in how they wanted to frame this narrative.

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61% of New Yorkers say no to driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants

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61 of New Yorkers say no to driver's licenses for illegal immigrants

A good majority of New Yorkers oppose giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants despite being a state known for light treatment of those who come or stay in America illegally, according to a new poll by Sienna College.

My Take

It’s insane that this is a thing. I understand the need to take care of people even though they broke our laws, ignored our sovereignty, and desire to subvert our nation’s culture by forcing their own upon all of us, but letting them drive around legally when they’re not legally supposed to be here is ridiculous.

At some point, Americans are going to wake up and realize the laws that have made us so free and safe as a people have been changed to accommodate the rest of the world. When that happens, we will not longer be America.

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