By Larry Behrens
July 06, 2021
As President Biden continues to advance his environmental agenda with his attacks on American oil and gas workers, it is high time to shed some light on the failures he advocated. He may claim that his proposal to produce 80% of American electricity from carbon-free sources is a bold new idea, it’s actually a green failure that he’s trying to recycle … and we have the receipts from two states to do so to prove.
Let me introduce you to California and Arizona, two neighboring states, one of which has accepted the Biden Green Plan for years while the other has rejected it. Rest assured, Biden, John Kerry, and their army of eco-warriors hope you are ignoring these uncomfortable truths.
In November 2018, Arizona voters beat Prop 127 by a margin of more than 2 to 1. The electoral measure was heavily promoted by former presidential candidate, current extreme eco-left billionaire Tom Steyer. Similar to Biden’s plan, Prop 127 required that Arizona get 50 percent of its electricity from “renewable” sources by 2030. Remember, these are the same voters who elect a Democrat in the US Senate and fair Biden’s votes. two years later the race for the presidency tipped to the left. In other words, Prop 127, less restrictive than the Biden Plan, turned out to be too extreme for voters in the center
While 70 percent of Arizonans opposed the (future) Biden plan, California lawmakers passed SB 100, which enforced a renewable standard of 60 percent by 2030.
The very different results speak for themselves.
Working families in California were at the end of blackouts in August 2020 as temperatures hit triple digits in some areas. These blackouts, the first in nearly 20 decades, may not be the last as regulators warn that the Golden State could “go out” in the summer of 2021 as well.
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At the same time as California’s families were battling electricity to stay cool, Phoenix residents had to endure temperatures in excess of 110 degrees for 50 days in a row. Still, families were able to stay cool because Arizona gets most of its energy from natural gas and nuclear power. Both sources are banned under California’s radical plan. Voters rejected the Biden Plan and not only did power flow on, but their wallets did not suffer. Lower energy costs and no power outages are the result in Arizona.
California’s families are already paying some of the highest eclectic tariffs in the country, but the price of electricity has soared nearly 11 percent in the last year alone. So, while the people of California dodged rolling blackouts, they also paid an ever-increasing premium for adopting the Biden Plan.
For the record, the average Arizona electric bill rose just 0.1 percent over the same period.
Unfortunately, these terrible results are just the beginning. Today California is able to sidestep some of the worst effects of its dire decisions because its leaders import 25 percent of all its electricity from other states, including places that, as you guessed, produce that electricity from carbon-based sources. You shouldn’t be surprised to learn that one of the states selling power to California is … Arizona.
If the US adopts the California / Biden Plan, there will be no substitute state for us to import our electricity. There are only high prices, rolling blackouts and empty promises. These are the only real sources of power in the Biden Plan.
Larry Behrens is the author of the report “Lights Out: How Green Mandates Are Undermining the Affordability and Reliability of Electricity”. He currently works as the Western States Director for Power The Future, an organization that fights for America’s energy workers. He was previously the communications director for New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. You can find him on Twitter at @larrybehrens