I read Stephenie Frederick’s letter April 29th. Carbon production fees may motivate “clean” energy use, but this is a subsidy of solar and wind power. Subsidies are required to give the appearance that solar and wind power compete with hydroelectric, nuclear, etc.
Another solar plant went bankrupt; subsidies reward impractical and inefficient practices. Water, electricity are both in short supply. We could kill two birds with one stone by building hydroelectric plants. Hydroelectric is one of the most affordable ways to generate electricity. More affordable electricity would a boost for the California economy.
The additional generation would add jobs in the electrical generation sector, and the lower cost of electricity would free up capital to be used in other ways, which would add even more jobs.
She mentions renewable energy vehicles, but we still would need more electricity to run them. Electric cars are not a free-market solution, but a top-down government directive. They also require subsidies; subsidies cause unemployment in the sectors of the economy taxed to support electric cars. Every electric car sold costs the taxpayer money, which means that we are no longer using that money as we wish but as government demands.
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Russell Harland, Dinuba