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Obama cites California as economic and energy model?

You. Must. Be. Friggin’. Kidding.

It takes mega-stones and mini-brain cells to do this:

While promoting his new cap-and-trade energy tax bill, which passed the U.S. House last week, President Obama revealed in a White House address on Monday his model for the nation’s economy – California. “In the late 1970s, the state of California enacted tougher energy-efficiency policies,” Obama said, noting that the state and its residents use less energy today per capita than the national average. “Think about that,” he said, “California producing jobs, their economy keeping pace with the rest of the country and yet they’ve been able to maintain their energy usage in a much lower level than the rest of the country.”

Uh…what?  Californiastan “producing jobs”?  Their “economy keeping pace with the rest of the country”?  Is he serious?

And just how has Cali “been able to maintain their energy usage in a much lower level than the rest of the country”?

Between 2000 and 2007, before the current recession, the state shed nearly 21 percent of its manufacturing jobs, driving down its industrial electrical consumption by 21 percent. California’s industrial users pay electric rates twice as high as their Midwestern counterparts – which helps explain why so much heavy industry has fled the state. In addition to alienating its industry, California has also curbed energy use through exorbitant residential electric rates (50 percent higher than the national average) and massive net out-migration. Between 2005 and 2007, 2.14 million Californians moved to other states, while only 1.44 million people from elsewhere moved to the Golden State, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Don’t be surprised when the 2010 Census finds even more people leaving to escape California’s 11.5 percent unemployment. And, as jobs and residents fled California, its tax revenues have declined, while its politicians went on a spending binge, creating a severe budget crisis.

“Hey, let’s emulate a state that is about to go bankrupt, that has resorted to paying with IOU’s, whose bond rating is trashed, that has endured rolling blackouts, that has unemployment at 11.5% (nearly two full points higher than the rest of the country), and that is financially stupid at all levels!”

The Hotel California: You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.

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July 1, 2009 - Posted by | California, economic ignorance, energy, Obama

5 Comments »

  1. “yet they’ve been able to maintain their energy usage in a much lower level than the rest of the country” Reads the Chosen One!

    And how about that “has endured rolling blackouts” thingee, oh Fearless-Reader?

    And another bailout coming?

    Comment by tnjack | July 1, 2009

  2. I don’t live in California (thankfully), but if I did I’d be sorely tempted to pay my next utility bill with an IOU.

    Comment by PabloD | July 1, 2009

  3. What, you all don’t think we are the pillar of economic and energy efficiency? Don’t let a little thing like a great state that has more natural resources, best climate, hard working base, and still manages to go bankrupt influence you. I mean, like, hey…

    There are a lot of us working stiffs here in CA that have cronic stomach aches worrying Obama is taking the country on the same boat ride CA leaders have taken us. Guess our worry is for good reason.

    Can you say, revolution?

    Comment by Donna, Los Osos, CA | July 2, 2009

  4. Has it possibly occurred to Odopey that Californians (yes, I live here) use less energy because our climate is much milder than the rest of the country?

    Given that as much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling, of course we use less energy, because we don’t have to do as much heating and cooling of our homes.

    I noticed Odopey never mentioned the energy used per capita before the energy-efficiency policies enacted in the 70’s… but the implication is that it was more.

    He’s a douche.

    Comment by Henry | July 3, 2009

  5. […] monkeys fly out of his squeakhole.  I mean, just last week, Uhhhh-bama was telling us how awesome Cali’s economy has been and how the rest of the country should emulate […]

    Pingback by Will Obama learn from California’s economic disaster? « Crush Liberalism | July 6, 2009


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