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More California green obstructions

Paul Taylor

There seem to be no limits on eco-group lobbying to obstruct and punish human endeavors on the behalf of the “war on carbon.” Questionable climate carbon impacts have been exploited by global governments at the unnecessary expense of energy producers, consumers and legitimate scientific discovery. Climate crusades have grown gratuitous government bureaucracies with the fanciful idea that we must control our climates as an existential threat.

Man has never, and shall never, control a global system as massive and complex as long-term weather behaviors. Yet, the hubris of “climate prophets” to scape-goat “demon carbon” in an effort to profit on its hysteria goes on. The damage done by liberal-progressivegreen” climate crusaders is as intellectually and scientifically dishonest as it is costly to all human activities, energies and prosperity. The war on carbon is a war on prosperity.

California, the root of much progressive environmentalism, is home to many large, litigious and partisan eco-groups. These eco-groups have become tyrannical in ecopolical alliances with government bureaucrats who march like zombies with every green campaign. Often green campaigns are pure politically-partisan symbolism, without any measurable environmental or economic benefit. And, just as often, today’s radical eco-group campaigns are contradictory in implementation and unintended consequences.

Examples of costly, counterproductive and contradictory environmental campaigns in California include:
• California government-subsidized “renewable” wind and solar energy projects in remote desert regions were championed by eco-groups, while the necessary electric power grid interconnection routes from such desert energy projects have been challenged by eco-groups in court;
• The much-heralded 400-mile-long California bullet train endorsed by some carbon-concerned eco-groups, has its routes challenged by other eco-groups for impacts to an endangered Kangaroo rat;
• California has 27 offshore petroleum production platforms that can be permitted for “reefing.” Reefing is the in-place reuse of offshore platforms as new artificial fish reef habitat. Such reefing of platforms has been successfully performed at 490 decommissioned petroleum platforms off our nation’s coasts. California has adopted regulations to permit reefing that saves petroleum companies platform demolition and disposal costs, and helps fund California fish and wildlife agencies. Cynically, California’s litigious Santa Barbara eco-group, The Environmental Defence Centre, objects to reefing – preferring the complete removal of offshore petroleum platforms.

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