by Katy Grimes, E&E Legal Senior Media Fellow and California Globe Editor
As Appearing in the California Globe

The Gov. will offer conservation tips while blaming fossil fuels rather than his climate change policies

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday morning he will discuss the heat wave expected to hit California and the entire West Coast starting today and lasting through Labor Day weekend until next Wednesday.

Is this because a heat wave is unusual or because our state electricity grid is precarious?

As a California native, summer heat waves are normal. Our weak electricity grid is not normal.

Expect to hear the governor talk about “climate change,” “extreme weather,” “extreme heat,” bad “fossil fuels,” bad “gas-powered cars,” and how Californians need to conserve electricity. 

He will offer tips on how we can conserve: turn your air conditioner up to 80 degrees or turn it off and use a fan, don’t use your heavy home appliances, stay hydrated, close the curtains and sit in the darkness until told otherwise.

Newsom’s press statement says, “The Governor will discuss ways Californians can stay safe from extreme heat, the strain the extreme weather will place on the grid, and state actions to respond to the immediate emergency and accelerate the state’s transition away from fossil fuels that worsen extreme heat.”

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