by Katy Grimes, E&E Legal Senior Media Fellow and California Globe Editor
As Appearing in the California Globe
Biased study admits conclusions are based on ‘idealized, modeled version of the world’
Earlier this week, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a $60-million plan to build a special “fish” channel to allow salmon and steelhead, sturgeon and lamprey to swim around a dam on the Yuba River. More on that later.
Newsom also blurted out that he blames California’s now-annual-wildfires on fossil fuel companies.
Wasn’t it only a couple of years ago the governor accused PG&E of causing wildfires, and placing profits over safety?
So now it’s fossil fuel companies? Governor Shapeshifter is trying to blame fossil fuel companies for a deadly crisis the government created by imposing environmental laws that have made forest management nearly impossible. And, with his oil and gas ban looming in the near future, he clearly needs a boogey man.
Last September, Gov. Newsom signed a package of “sweeping legislation” to achieve statewide carbon neutrality as soon as possible, and no later than 2045, by establishing an 85% emissions reduction target, capping oil wells, slowing oil and gas permitting, making it impossible to increase refining capacity, and entirely phasing out oil and gas starting in two years. And that’s just the start.
In addition to California’s gas taxes, state regulations create a more demanding and exacting process on oil and gas as well.