Monthly Archives: April 2008

overstepping the climate crisis

The California Public Utilities Commision is wrong.

They are wrong because they are going to asess a new tax that will fund an institute that will look for ways to curb California’s global warming output. Now some of you might say, but Robert global warming is an incredible problem and we must do all we can to stop it, and I couldn’t agree more however this is not the PUC’s job and that is why I object.

It is my understanding (and I could be wrong) that their job is to “regulate privately-owned utilities in the state of California, including electric power, telecommunications, natural gas, water and transportation companies. In addition, the commission regulates household goods movers and rail crossing safety.” thanks wikipedia, their job is not to develop new technology no matter how noble the goal.

We have a California Air Resources Board for that.

I believe the climate crisis is possibly the number one threat to our planet, but this is not the way to solve it. The PUC should do its job, and quit taxing residents of this state for research and development that is outside the scope of the agency.

For more you can read an article at the LA Times.