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Monday, December 27, 2004

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

From a Mercury News Editorial, 24 December 2004.
So the Public Utilities Commission is planning for the not-so-distant day when fossil fuels will be penalized for the carbon dioxide they add to the atmosphere. The long-term plans it just approved will guide electric utilities away from the use of those fuels. The PUC is following the lead of the Air Resources Board, which has enacted first-in-the-nation limits on greenhouse gases emitted by vehicles. Sooner or later, the nation will follow. In the new rules for utilities, the PUC assumed that limits on greenhouse gas emissions are likely to be imposed, making electricity from fossil fuels more expensive. So it told utilities that for their fossil fuels -- coal, oil and natural gas -- they need to calculate a ``carbon adder,'' an estimate of fees or taxes that will be added to the price in proportion to the amount of carbon dioxide a fuel releases when burned.
First it was the Air Resources Board who is increasing the cost of each new car by $1,200 to $1,500, now the PUC is going to raise your energy bills, all for a problem we cannot control. When are you going to wake up and do your own research on global warming and decide if you want to spend your hard earned dollars on problems generated by a computer and promoted with religious fervor by people who want to shut down economic prosperity.

Read the full editorial here.

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