Californians asked to cut power use as extreme heat approaches

Why is Reuters reporter Brendan O’Brien such a despicable reporter?

Reuters reporter lied to the state and blamed the lack of electricity on the high heat. The problem with lie is that everyone with a real college degree knows that socialism and government interference in the marketplace only results in shortages.

Californians were urged to ratchet down the use of electricity in their homes and businesses as a severe shortage of electricity effected much of the socialist state, stretching tight power. Sure it was hot but it’s hot every summer.

Socialism always creates shortages

One problem is socialism destroys productivity and nothing is really produced. In the Soviet Union the workers, had a saying, “They pretend to pay us and we pretend to work.”

Tom Clancy, in The Hunt for Red October, said, “In the Soviet Union every worker is a government worker, and they have a saying: As long as the bosses pretend to pay us, we will pretend to work.”

In Venezuela, there is no meat, medicine, flour to make hosts for Communion, or reliable electricity, and the population is reduced to barter. The same is true in North Korea — where toilet paper is scarce and matches are housewarming gifts — the experience of which is a repeat of the tremendous deprivation of every other socialist experiment. Consistent with all evidence, “famine is a disproportionately prevalent outcome of socialist systems,” writes American Enterprise Institute resident scholar Benjamin Zycher. There is no reason to think it will ever be otherwise.

Disadvantages of socialism include shortages of electricity and food, slow economic growth, less entrepreneurial opportunity and competition, and a potential lack of motivation by individuals due to lesser rewards.

The market process (buyers and sellers) generates efficient goods and serves consistent with societies needs. But under socialism, the government turns their inefficient political objectives into much more damage to the economy. In the USSR, they were producing rockets and political posters when the people needed tooth paste and toilet paper. In Cuba, a family of four are given one chicken a week.

California’s embrace of socialism should serve as a warning

For better or worse, the 50 states serve as the laboratories of democracy. Sometimes states pass laws that are overwhelmingly beneficial, causing other states to follow suit. Other times, states pass laws that are destructive, causing other states to learn valuable lessons about what not to do.

Over the past few decades, California’s embrace of socialist policies is a classic example of the latter. In other words, California’s adoption of far-left ideology, and the devastating toll it has wrought on the Golden State, should serve as a canary in the coal mine for any state wishing to follow California’s example.

The list of California’s socialist policies is extensive. For starters, California has been ground zero for the radical, socialist environmental movement that seeks to upend America’s energy system.

In California, the renewable movement, which is front-and-center in the Green New Deal, has caused massive problems. Energy prices are skyrocketing. According to a recent report by the Center for Jobs and the Economy at the California Business Roundtable, “These outcomes mean that even as many households struggle under the current economic conditions, the state’s energy policies continue to take an increasing share of household incomes both directly in gasoline and utility bills and indirectly as these costs are incorporated into the prices of every other component of the costs of living.”

As if sky-high prices for energy were not bad enough, in California, blackouts have become commonplace because the state’s energy grid, which is more reliant on wind and solar power than any other state, simply cannot meet energy demand.

California Assemblyman Jim Patterson, vice-chair of the Committee on Utilities and Energy, recently said, “I have been warning over and over again that the policies coming out of the Democrat-controlled legislature and governors’ office are creating the conditions for blackouts and brownouts and here we are seeing the evidence.” Patterson is 100 percent correct.

Due to California’s far-left’s Green New Deal-like energy policies, Golden State residents pay extraordinarily high prices to power their homes and fuel their cars. But even worse, these ridiculous policies have led to massive energy shortages for millions of Californians.

But then again, shortages and socialism go together like peanut butter and jelly, so this should not be all that surprising.

Aside from the energy debacle that has harmed Californians, far-left Golden State leaders have also enacted onerous taxes and regulations, which are causing a mass exodus of residents and businesses.

How badly did Brendan O’Brien lie and why?

Well, the profession of journalism has been taken over by socialists… So the government wouldn’t take the blame for the messery. O’Brien lied…

Temperatures in the most populous state are forecast to climb to well above 100 Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) during the afternoon.

The extreme conditions are the latest sign of the impact of climate change in the U.S. West, where wildfires and severe drought have emerged as a growing threat. As spells of excessive heat become more frequent, the strain on power and water utilities will become more acute, scientists say. read more

To prevent power outages, residents are asked to turn off lights and appliances and preset their thermostats to 78F (26C). Reducing usage is especially critical from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. local time (2300 to 0400 GMT), when demand across the state typically peaks and solar power generation begins to ebb.

The heat is also raising the risk of wildfires. The Wishon Fire, a 350-acre blaze in the Sequoia National Forest, was 35% contained. (Graphic:

On Tuesday, the U.S. government warned that more drastic cuts in water usage were needed to protect dwindling supplies held in reservoirs that crucial to the well-being of seven Western states.

Two critical reservoirs – Lake Mead and Lake Powell – have fallen to just above one-quarter of their capacity this summer. If they fall much lower, the lakes will be unable to generate hydroelectric power for millions of customers in the West, authorities say.

In the Northern California coastal community of Eureka for instance, a high of 110F (43C) was expected on Wednesday while farther north residents in Electric City, Washington, will see 105F, the National Weather Service said.