Tone Deaf and Out of Touch
Who is Really in Deep Denial?
The fires, floods and temperatures from the climate crisis are already hitting San Diego County, but yesterday you helped us hit back! San Diego Community Power unanimously approved our push for 100 percent renewable energy!
Thanks to all those who lifted their voices, it is now the official policy of the region’s biggest green energy provider that ALL energy provided by 2035 will come from clean and renewable sources!
Dozens of you responded to our call-to-action by showing up at our rally before the hearing, and then testifying in front of the Community Power Board of Directors. We could feel the energy :)
As the Vice Chair of both the County Board of Supervisors and San Diego Community Power, I’m always excited to cast a vote for climate action. But my vote is only the last step in a journey that you started. YOU are the ones who are advancing our work to make a cleaner and healthier community, and I am so thankful for your loud voices. San Diego County is punching above its weight thanks to you.
What happens next? The vote directed San Diego Community Power’s staff to take all operational actions necessary to achieve 100 percent green energy by 2035, with public transparency and accountability, and we’ll now be receiving annual progress updates at hearings open to the public.
That’s all from a recent email from San Diego County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer who represents most of coastal central and northern San Diego County - a hot bed of Coastal Green Elites disconnected from reality. She’s also, as she indicated in her letter, on the board of the local Community Choice Aggregator, the state-backed fiat-energy scam which she’s labeled as “the people’s power company.”
Lawson-Remer pretends to fight for everybody, having her messaging around “social, environmental and economic justice” among things - an almost fetish for the regime of “progressive” California. Her 2020 campaign for County Supervisor was also endorsed by male half Newsom-wannabie local corrupt power couple.
Lawson-Remer’s exaggeration of the region’s heat, fire, and flooding could use some context too, courtesy ofwhose, had a lot to say about attributing these types of events specifically to climate change.
She grew up high class herself - likely drenched in luxury beliefs - originally from one of the “old money” neighborhood of Mission Hills, then graduated from La Jolla High School (raises pinkys), then went to Snob Citadels of Yale and NYU. All of this is an eye-roll as it screams “typical out of touch CA ‘progressive’” but then when we learned she also worked with the Misery Industry, aka the World Bank.
She even writes on her own bio.
A passionate environmentalist, Terra helped the World Bank create its Climate Finance program, which funds billions of dollars of clean energy projects around the world, and worked to develop policies to cut pollution from oil drilling and mining as a Senior Advisor in the US Treasury Department under the Obama Administration.
To those who’ve been duped only to the negative side effects of these energy sources, especially the ones who constantly vote for the stream of narcissist abusers who make the lives of normal Californians worse, this may seem to be something positive.
But they’re likely ignorant of the downsides of depriving the developing world of cheap, energy dense, reliable energy let alone the effects of similar policies on everyday Californians (more on that later). According to a report by Friends of the Earth, the World Bank are still financing fossil fuel projects anyways too. KAYFAYBE anyone?
Senegalese entrepreneur Magatte Wade, interviewed by Alex Gladstein in his excellent piece critiquing the World Bank and IMF (aka the Misery Industry), notes that the industrialized nations, as in those who fund the Misery Industry developed their economies using hydrocarbons - the same thing Lawson-Remer demanded to deprive from today’s developing nations.
Gladstein’s piece quotes:
“Just like back in the day when we were colonized and the colonizers set the rules to how our societies would work,” Wade said, “this green agenda is a new form of governing us. This is master now dictating to us what our relationship with energy should be, telling us what kind of energy we should use, and when we can use it. The oil is in our soil, it is part of our sovereignty: but now they are saying we cannot use it? Even after they looted incalculable amounts for themselves?”
Vijaya Ramachandran with the Breakthrough Institute wrote in Foreign Policy about Nordic Countries lobbying the World Bank to stop financing natural gas projects in Africa and instead fund only projects including micro-grids and green-hydrogen (that is, hydrogen produced using only renewable energy) notes:
In sub-Saharan Africa, which has large gas fields offshore and includes many of the world’s poorest countries, a ban on financing gas projects would practically end support for the critical energy infrastructure necessary to support economic development and raise living standards—including electricity for homes, schools, and factories; industrial heat for producing cement and steel; the carbon dioxide that is an essential component of synthetic fertilizer; and liquefied gas for transportation and cooking fuel.
Lawson-Remer’s desire to credit voters is a bit of a fishy too. Anybody vaguely familiar with California politics understands it’s a machine largely driven by a single party and has been for almost fifty years - especially on the coasts. When the machine in this state picks someone desirable to run for office, they almost always win, and this selection even happens often within the party - of course much of the time approval from Corporate Press outlets, Unions, and activist groups are often needed too. The everyday person here does not contribute - nor do they matter - unless in either case they can be used to feed the machine of power of the state’s elite feudal class.
Supervisor Lawson-Remer’s “thank you for validating me” email comes of course just a few days after the Editorial Board at the Los Angles Times, one of the mouthpieces for the out-of-touch regime that enriches the state’s elites and punishes the rest wrote a piece with the headline, “We are in deep denial about quitting fossil fuels.” From there they insist in the snarling tone of a childish SJW college student mob, “we have to deliberately dismantle existing infrastructure.”
The Board bemoans China’s permitting of new coal power plants, which they failed to make the connection that these facilities often power the mines, refiners, and factories that make the renewable energy “solutions,” let alone most of the “Made in China” stuff they take for granted. The latest piece on @MiningAtoms‘s Substack written by mining expert John Lee Pettimore is a continuation to the many pieces on that ‘stack debunking the “green” claims of renewable energy. The Board also left out the fact that literal slaves in China are a large part of the manufacturing process of solar panels. Normal people at least acknowledge these facts, green woke elitists demand that the slavery be at least doubled as to save the world.
They’re also disappointed with US President Biden’s approval of the Willow drilling project in Alaska which as they note breaks his campaign promise of “no new drilling.” To say he broke a campaign promise, not terribly surprising - as politicians say nearly anything to elevate their (almost always, with few exceptions) narcissistic power-hungry souls into those positions. They even note the number of times he said, “period” at the end of his statement. Aswrote, "For many in the professional environmental class, this approval marks the shattering admission that Biden doesn’t believe in Green Energy Santa™, and they can’t wrap their heads around it."
We suggest ample doses of the following:
Despite the general fear-mongering doom tone of their writing, they do insist that the worse-case scenario temperature increase models are no longer likely to occur due to the existence and growth of renewable energy, EVs, and in their words, “other zero-emission technology.” They fail to understand the flaws of the 1.5 degree temperature target idea to begin with. “It can be overwhelming nonetheless to contrast how little is being done about climate change with the clarity of the science,” they groan though, having never likely taken any course of the philosophy of science or one that pertains to the design of experiments. As a hint to those unfamiliar with either field of study: terms such as “the science” are far more religious than scientific.
Big Evil Oil Companies, are targeted in the piece as well, and in another one the board wrote piece “argued” entitled, Sunlight can help California rein in Big Oil’s greed. In both, the board remains disconnected from California’s “energy island” effect and approach an industry with actual working people as a foe to their fantasies. In this one as well they whine about “record profits from soaring fuel prices,” again unable to understand both Economics 101 or determine (at this moment) why fuel prices were noticeably higher in California compared to other states.
Exceeding the super exact, Super Scientific™ 1.5 degrees of warming too scares the bejesus out of the Board writing, “though 1.5 degrees of warming would be horrible enough, every fraction of a degree we go beyond that would mean greater human suffering and environmental destruction.” As typical with narcissist abusers, they take the readers up and down repeatedly. These assholes know nothing about even the human suffering they’ve promoted on the streets just a few miles away.
The Editorial Board also has a major fetish for what normal people would call, authoritarianism, “From local government to head of state” they pontificate, “officials of all levels should exercise whatever authority they have to dismantle the dangerous machinery of fossil fuels and replace it quickly with clean, renewable energy,” they demand, as almost as if they are taking civilization for hostage. Also as typical with abusers and authoritarians, this is an “our” thing - no Comrade, you didn’t have a choice! They finish with, “it’s our job to seize on each and every one of those decisions and demand swift action that increases the chances for a more tolerable future for nature and humanity.”
There no “our” or “we” here.
Both Terra-Lawson’s demand for climate action and the LA Time’s imbecilic “we must dismantle fossil fuels” are both incredibly harmful to normal Californians too. That is ”normal” as in not useful idiots who promote the dominant regime that’s parasitized this paradise. It apparently takes, who hails from one of the places Californians are fleeing to, to explain just what exactly is going on.
In his recent piece, California Screamin’ , Robert Bryce, author of “A Question of Power: Electricity and The Wealth of Nations” and host of the Power Hungry Podcast , explains California’s energy conundrum. Bryce is no stranger to the state’s energy woes either having covered them last summer in his long form piece “California’s Energy War on the Poor.” Even the titles of the charts in Bryce’s work provide more insight than heaps of LA Times “reporting.”
In California Screamin’ he minces no words: CA’s rush to renewables have led to both more expensive electricity for Californians but also no fall in CO2 emissions. He noted that only one other state in the Union has higher electricity prices - Hawaii. California’s rates have gone up 73% since 2020 while the average across the rest of the country is “only” 23%. He notes the state’s high poverty rate. CA’s elites claim to care about this issue but their actions show that’s not really the case. “Rising electricity prices are not a big deal for wealthy Californians who live near the coast and don’t use much air conditioning or heating,” he writes, “They can easily absorb those higher costs. But for low-income Californians, particularly ones living far from the coast and need lots of air conditioning in the summer and electric heat in the winter, it’s an entirely different story.” Speak with the typical Green & Woke Coastal Elite and you’ll find they’re not just disconnected from this reality but from most of the other realities facing middle class and poor Californians.
On the electrical front many Californians are unlikely to see a relief in rate increases either. Bryce noted that two of the state’s larger utilities, San Diego Gas and Electric and Pacific Gas and Electric are seeking rate increases, the former being an 18% increase in 2024 and the latter 16%. This is largely to cover the cost of the so-called energy transition.
Both utilities too have to pay for additional costs such as transmission capacity and wildfire mitigation which includes replacing thousands of poles or converting lines to underground. As Bryce notes in his latest piece, “Untransformed,” electrical utilities are facing supply shortages and price increases for common equipment such as transformers and wire.
Bryce notes that despite all the new regulations, mandates, taxes, etc that “in the name of climate change,” California itself emits roughly 1% of global GHG emissions.
When will the everyday Californian wake up to the fact they are being played by narcissists and energy-illiterate abusers? This could start by not electing such horrible “leaders,” and rejecting the “reporting” from propaganda rags such as the LA Times which have zero interest in the every day Californian.