The state of California has made a full-blown commitment to reducing reliance on fossil-fuel energy and other limited resources.
Utilities are required to use solar, wind and geothermal sources for a third of their electricity supply by 2020, while owners of homes and businesses are being urged to install solar panels.
The state is mandating that automakers dramatically ramp up sales of battery-powered and other low-emission cars. It is imposing new cap-and-trade emission controls on business with hefty fees.
Essentially, the state is trying to force California into an entirely new economic structure, claiming, in Gov. Jerry Brown’s words, that “California is positioned perfectly to reap the economic benefits that will inevitably flow.”
But what of the costs?