Skip to comments.Schwarzenegger to veto renewable energy bills (and issue an executive order with the same mandate)
Posted on 09/13/2009 8:08:45 PM PDT by reaganaut1
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office said Saturday that he would veto legislation requiring a third of California's energy to come from renewable sources by 2020, choosing instead to mandate the change through an executive order.
The Democratic bills that passed the state Legislature just before the end of the legislative session Friday would have set up the most aggressive renewable energy standards in the nation.
But they also sought to limit the amount of energy from sources such as wind, solar and geothermal that could come from out-of-state. Schwarzenegger and some energy producers said the legislation would set up too many regulatory hurdles.
"The poorly drafted, overly complex bills passed by the Legislature are protectionist schemes that will kill the solar industry in California and drive prices up like the failed energy deregulation of the late 1990s," Schwarzenegger's communications director, Matt David, said in a statement Saturday.
The governor's office didn't immediately explain how Schwarzenegger would implement the goals of the legislation through the executive order. Supporters worry that it would not have the same strength of law as the bills would have.
The Independent Energy Producers, which represents companies that provide 80 percent of California's renewable energy, opposed the legislation, despite having sought a higher standard.
Jan Smutny-Jones, the association's executive director, said some of the language in the bills would have limited the placement of solar plants in some areas of the state, threatening projects that are already underway and others that are expecting to get funding through the federal stimulus package.
"The bill basically is sort of a dog's breakfast of bad ideas in terms of how it moves us forward," he said.
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0bama sent him some magic beans.
Why only a third? Why not ALL! Isn’t California interested in “saving the planet”? It doesn’t sound like it to me.
It reads to me as though the Leftist California Legislature is trying to manufacture legislation beneficial to a specific group of Leftist entrepreneurs at the expense of the welfare of the State.
So what’s new!? They and their buddies fill their pockets while the rest of us protest the little fish, and ration our veggies.
The Republican Party messed up. Thank you Carl Rove. /s
Just like Arnold raided Bechtel to give the Bay Bridge job to Kiewitt to benefit his buddy Warren Buffet?
Because the people who do the sums know that even getting a third of California’s energy demand with renewables by the date specified is total pie in the sky. Everyone knows this, but no-one wants to admit it.
It must be something in the wind blowing in off the Pacifist Ocean.
Ca. has huge oil reserves off the coast. Arnold and the rest of the bums in Sacr. should learn that all this green stuff will not even begin for decades and that now its expense is too high to keep the budget in control. The USA should drill , build nuclear plants, get the coal, gas, and oil we have in zillions. But, the nutter greens have too much power in the DNC.