U-T San Diego: Please tell truth on energy, Gov. Brown
For years, California's most powerful politicians have refused to be honest about the downside of their embrace of a forced shift to cleaner-but-much-costlier forms of energy. It will make California less competitive economically with rival states and nations because it will cost more to produce goods here. Yet Gov. Jerry Brown and predecessor Arnold Schwarzenegger pretend that higher energy costs are somehow good for job creation and the overall economy.
Now, the Little Hoover Commission has come forward with a report critical of the state's lack of candor.
The state watchdog agency says the requirement that California produce one-third of its electricity by 2020 from renewable sources such as wind and solar power could increase costs to businesses and homes so dramatically that it has the potential to trigger a "ratepayer revolt that could dampen support for environmental stewardship policies."
The Little Hoover analysis notes that California has adopted a series of far-reaching energy policies in an a la carte, unintegrated fashion. The state hasn't even "produced a comprehensive assessment of the total cost of implementing this group of policies, inhibiting consumers and businesses in their ability to plan for this new future."
This admonition must not be ignored by Brown and other state leaders in favor of the usual green happy talk. We need the truth, and we can handle it.