Schwarzenegger touts California clean energy; Omits mention that state electricity prices are 30-110% higher than coal states

Grist reports:

Last week Arnold Schwarzenegger, chairman of the R20 Regions of Climate Action, signed an agreement in Algeria to address waste and sustainable energy challenges in the Mediterranean and North Africa. At the same time, a meeting of officials in Bahrain examined technologies and strategies to help that nation evolve into one of the most energy and water efficient economies in the world. Are there lessons in those examples for the U.S. now that President Obama has reignited the debate over climate change policy?…

“California is 40% more energy efficient than the rest of America and we already get 20% of our energy from clean renewables on the path to 33% by 2020,” Schwarzenegger pointed out during his speech in Algeria. “If the U.S. followed California’s example, we could retire most of our coal-fired power plants and save billions of dollars, while creating a lot of green jobs and new investments.”

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2 thoughts on “Schwarzenegger touts California clean energy; Omits mention that state electricity prices are 30-110% higher than coal states”

  1. Some numbers to keep in mind:

    California IMPORTS 29% of its electricity.

    In 2010, California got 14.6 percent of its electricity from large hydro. Are Ahnold’s clean renewables coming from the Pacific North West?

    I think the more California invests in clean renewables, the more electricity they will be importing.

    California is in trouble, and they keep digging the hole.

  2. The cosmetic surgeon may have taken a bit more than the odd wrinkle ! There was a time when I enjoyed Arnie as a countryman, now not so much … he’s too much of an embarrassment, a Democrat dressed in GOP skins.

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