EDITOR: The recent election results here in California will no doubt guarantee that our economy will not recover anytime soon.
The failure of Proposition 23 will be disastrous for all families and businesses as well as local, county and state governments as follows:
1. A 60 percent increase in energy costs.
2. Increases in fuel costs (gasoline, diesel).
3. Increases in food costs (fuel related).
4. Increases in dry goods (clothing, furniture, toys, etc., fuel related).
5. Increases in transportation costs due to California Air Resources Board requirements for either engine retrofitting or replacement with a new vehicle.
6. Increases in all construction costs (see 2 and 5 above). Will also include the materials used in highways, driveways and buildings.
Recently the Associated General Contractors of California authorized a study by a private firm to determine current air quality in California. This study showed that air quality currently meets CARB’s air standard for the year 2025. The best CARB will commit to is a postponement of current air quality regulations for up to four years.
The opponents of Prop. 23 stated that 500,000 jobs in renewable energy will be lost. I submit that this number is grossly overstated. Solar firms are closing on an almost daily basis, simply because of the time to just break even on the investment cost.
I received a proposal to cover half of my electric needs at a cost of approximately $25,000. The savings calculated by the solar firm would have taken 12 years just to break even.