by Katy Grimes
As Appearing in the California Globe
Tone-deaf lawmakers ignore already failing electricity grid
With wildfires burning 1.3 million acres throughout the state, and rolling power blackouts from the weak electrical grid, the California State Senate Appropriations Committee voted to pass Assembly Bill 326 to make driving an Electric Vehicle “more accessible for all Californians” through month-to-month memberships without long-term loans or leases.
Assembly Bill 326 by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) and Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), is a gut-and-amend bill, shelved in April 2019, but brought back to life in 2020 with new language.
A press statement for AB 326 says it “will help California meet clean air standards at a time when the state cannot afford the same incentives it provided in the past to promote EVs.”
New bill analysis says, “AB 326 would establish a new business model between consumers (including individuals, businesses, and government entities) and specified ‘electric mobility manufacturers’ that allow a consumer to use an electric or zero emission vehicle for a fee through a membership program with an electric mobility manufacturer, as specified. The bill would establish a process for the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue a permit to act as an electric mobility manufacturer.”
Michael Shellenberger, best-selling author of “Apocalypse Never,” recently Tweeted: “California’s bet on renewables, & its shunning of natural gas & nuclear, is directly responsible for the state’s blackouts and high electricity prices.”
But California politicians and appointed agency officials, under pressure from radical environmental organizations and lobbyists, have ignored the state’s energy producing natural resources, and instead continue to move to an all-electric grid, and the only approved “renewable energy:” solar and wind energy.