SageBrush wrote:I see a different scenario playing out:
California is and remains the undisputed leader of the the clean-energy emerging economy.
Based upon what measure do you you make this claim? Let's take a look at the facts instead of continually making unfounded claims:
Does CA produce a higher percentage of its electricity using renewable sources than the other states in the United States? Let's see using 2017 data:
- CA: 47.2% That means CA lags six other states: VT: 99.6%, ID: 81.6%, WA: 80.0%, OR: 76.3%, ME: 75.9%, and SD: 73.1%.
So, I'll dispute your claim based on the data above. What's that you say? Those states have access to more hydroelectric resources than does CA, so they have an advantage. So they do! No problem, we have data without hydroelectric renewable generation. So let's try again:
Does CA produce a higher percentage of its electricity using renewable sources besides hydro than than the other states in the United States? Let's see using 2017 data:
- CA: 26.5% That means CA lags seven other states: ME: 46.1%, VT: 41.3%, IA: 37.2%, KS: 36.1%, OK: 32.3%, SD: 30.2%, and ND: 26.9%.
So, I'll dispute your claim again based on the data above. How about total renewable energy, including hydroelectric, produced in the state? There CA IS the leader in the US:
Does CA produce more electricity using renewable sources than the other states in the United States? Let's see using 2017 data:
- CA: 97,298 GWh
So I won't dispute your claim based on this, at least within the U.S. But doesn't CA have more hydro resources than many other states? Yes..
So let's see how they do without hydropower, again using 2017 data:
- CA: 54,606 GWh That means that CA lags on other state: TX: 70,759 GWh
So I'll again dispute your claim based on the data above.
Looking more globally
, CA lags countries like Norway, Portugal, Denmark, and Germany in terms of percent of their electricity generated and lags China in every category of renewable generation *except* percentage.
If you are talking about electric vehicle production, China wins there, too, at least in terms of quantity. CA (Tesla) certainly has the most advanced electric vehicle design in mass production.
But the question remains: Can CA wean itself off fossil fuels in 25 years by mandate of the government? Let's see what history has to say about the topic:
How much has the world weened itself of fossil fuels over the past 40 years? Not much. In fact, fossil fuel production has steadily increased. But even the percent of total energy the world derives from fossil fuels has dropped very little over the past 40 years (from about 84% to about 81%