President Donald Trump’s plans for climate and renewable energy research are no secret…and they’re going to cost California taxpayers bigtime!
Gov. Jerry Brown has said that California will push back and even help gather climate data. California should do even more by funding climate modeling and renewable-energy research.
Most scientists and economists (who already get paid by the taxpayers) naturally believe we already spend too little on energy R&D.
California has the most ambitious greenhouse-gas-reduction targets in the world. But by 2050, we will essentially need to decarbonize our economy. To meet these goals, we need technological breakthroughs in battery efficiency, noncarbon transportation fuels, carbon-capture systems and other emerging technologies.
We depend on federal funding for this research through our universities and national labs, including DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. If Trump acts as many fear, we stand to lose the benefit of this tremendously valuable research by some of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers.
So guess what California taxpayers, it’s going to cost you more to live in Libtopia.
Read the whole article in the Sacramento Bee