Thursday, October 21, 2021

California Climate Change Update: China Comparison, EVs, and CCC


With so much going on in politics lately, it’s worth returning to the main passion of California politicians during normal times: climate change. Some stuff:

My August 12th article was titled “California Wildfire Greenhouse Gases Dwarfed by China’s.” A few weeks later, on September 3, climate site What’s Up With That? This is confirmed by an article by David Middleton, “23/25 of the top GHG emitting cities are in Red China.” Subtitle: “List of world’s dirtiest cities raises issue: Why don’t politicians call China?”

The first US city on the list was New York, which ranked at number 26. Put another way, each of the 23 Chinese cities has more GHGs than the Big Apple, with a population of 8 million.

Next: “Out of the top 75, only four other US cities are listed—San Diego, Houston, Chicago, and Los Angeles—all ranked 41 or higher. In other words, America—each of our major Including the city – is outperforming the world in terms of emissions. … If GHG emissions are a problem, it’s in Red China.”

Also, the United States has done more than any other country to cut greenhouse gases. But as the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield put it, we “get no respect.”

The worst-hit is the Chinese city of Handan, which chokes out over 200 million metric tons of CO2 annually. According to the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalence Calculator, 22.5 billion gallons of gasoline are consumed. Or electricity for 363 crore homes for one year. Or 3.3 billion trees grown for 20 years.

In contrast, Los Angeles produced only 25 million metric tons of CO2, 1/8th the amount of Hendon’s.

By the way, the article was based on a study conducted by three Chinese scientists from Guangzhou.

electric car fire

Ron Stein, an energy industry expert from Irvine, Calif., enumerated the recent electric car fires in the Golden State:

The Bolt, the only EV GM is selling in North America, has been tied to ‘at least nine fires’ since early 2020, and Hyundai vehicles were involved in about 15 fires. Meanwhile, three Teslas in the past four months engulfed in flames.So far, 27 EV batteries are on fire and counting is still going on.

He said it takes 40,000 more gallons of water to put out a Tesla fire than a fire in a gas-powered car. Batteries burn very hot, and the chemicals released from them are very dangerous.

I remember 20 years ago California firefighters hated fighting electric car fires. The technology may have improved today, but the risk of fire has not diminished.

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Stein also pointed out that GM announced in August that it was recalling 73,000 Bolts. This is on top of the 70,000 recalled between 2017 and 2019.

“Fixing all 143,000 bolts being recalled for fire risk to replace new battery modules, as Morningstar analyst David Whiston told the Detroit Free Press, cost GM about $1.8 billion.”

Due to the fire hazard, Germany also recently banned electric vehicles to be parked in underground garages.

California Coastal Communism

For decades I have said that the California Coastal Commission is the closest thing in America to a communist planning agency. It exercises complete control over all construction and building changes along the coast. It is unelected and is not accountable to anyone. Its abbreviation, CCC, resembles CCP, the Communist Party of China.

Here’s a recent headline from the Orange County Register: “State report raises fresh alarm over sea level rise: Coastal Commission proposal uses more extreme scenarios, relocating roads, rail and sewage plants.” investigates.”

CCP-Excuse Me, CCC-Report bureaucracy goes by the title, “Critical Infrastructure at Risk Sea Level Rise Plan Guidance for California Coastal Region Public Review Draft August 2021” (PDF).

The report shamelessly exploits the current racial difficulties facing California and the country: “Because of discriminatory land use policies and systemic racism, environmental justice communities often experience disproportionate environmental burdens and are more vulnerable to adverse impacts from a project. … This guidance recommends considering an equitable distribution of burdens and benefits to environmental justice communities at all stages of adaptation planning.

Of course, environmental problems affect the poor and minorities like everyone else. But it is clear that the areas closest to the coast are generally wealthier, as are any city with “beach” in the name.

A $6 million beach house in Newport Beach will flow much faster than a $600,000 bungalow in Compton. And won’t the CCC increase supply by allowing more housing development, therefore reducing the cost of housing for all, especially the poor?

The high cost of housing in California is due in large part to massive restrictions on CCC development. Less supply means higher prices. This is Economics 101.


John Seeler is a veteran California opinion writer. He has written editorials for The Orange County Register for nearly 30 years. He is a US Army veteran and former press secretary to California State Sen. John Moorlach. He blogs at [email protected]


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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