A big round of applause is due for the James City County Board of Supervisors members who voted against the county’s comprehensive plan’s support for 100% carbon free power by 2045. Commissioners who voted against this “feel good” measure voiced the first sane pushback against recent state policies that will have zero effect upon worldwide CO2 emissions, while at the same time increase Virginian’s utility bills by more than 200%.
The goal of achieving 100% carbon-free energy by 2045 is a total myth and unachievable. Just because Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says something, doesn’t mean it is a fact or achievable. Here is an example of misguided policies set out in the commonwealth’s goals.
When the State Corporation Commission “approved” the offshore windfarm from Virginia Beach they expressed much skepticism. They stated, “Dominion’s customers bear essentially all of the risk, including cost overruns and lack of performance.” Preferences expressed in the energy law, wrote the SCC, took precedence over the regulatory analysis. If not for that, the pilot “would not be deemed prudent as that term has been applied by this Commission in its long history of public utility regulation or under any common application of the term.”
This wind farm will do nothing to stem the increase in worldwide CO2 emissions. Since 2005, for every ton of carbon reduced by the U.S., China increased its emissions by more than four tons. Why are Virginians paying for politicians’ unwise policies?
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