SEARCH BLOG: ENVIRONMENT and UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES
While California's top women politicians, Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer, are busy attacking the automobile industry as their public posturing for saving the planet, California is facing the prospect of electric power shortages because of the lack of new power generating plants.
Meanwhile, Ford and Southern California Edison are teaming up to develop new "plug-in" hybrids. Of course, one can envision the impact that millions of plug-in cars might have on the electric power demands for southern California.
SC Edison is already under a mandate to build 5 new electricity generating power plants to cope with peak demand.
So, here is a question: will these be nuclear power plants, solar power plants or wind power plants?Certainly, Ms. Pelosi and Ms. Boxer will fight any effort to use fossil fuel plants that contribute to more CO2... won't they? Or will they conveniently ignore their "mandate" when it comes to their home state?
Maybe they will get their "carbon offsets" by mandating 50 mpg cars and trucks... put the onus elsewhere... again, eh?To be fair, the plug-in hybrids will, for the most part, use electricity from off-peak hours... initially. But if this technology takes off, one can envision a sea of plug in posts all over southern California demanding more of that fossil-fuel generated electricity.
Kind of poetic justice that an automobile company is working with a California electric company to meet the demands of California politicians and causing further problems for an electric power starved state...