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Brown vs. Green: Texas Thumping California

If there’s a contest between California and Texas, it ain’t even close when it comes to energy. California’s anti-fracking policies, says the WSJ‘s editors, are depriving the state’s poor and unemployed of high-paying jobs and social services; meanwhile Texas is riding the shale energy wave to a low unemployment rate, higher public revenues, and an economic boom. Among the benefits Texas is reaping are high-paying jobs for low-income workers and billions of dollars in revenue for social services and other public needs.

In California, oil production has been gradually declining since in 1985, and at 535 thousand barrels per day is now under half of its historical peak. California has far fewer people employed in key energy jobs than Texas despite having a higher population.

California isn’t losing out because the wells are running dry: the Golden State’s proven reserves still rival those of oil-rich Nigeria. Rather, that state is falling behind in the energy race by choice; indeed state legislators proudly wear this record on their sleeves. When a federal judge recently blocked fracking in the massive Monterey shale formation pending an environmental review, a Sierra Club chairwoman commented, “We’re very excited. We’re thrilled…. I’m sure the champagne is flowing in San Francisco.”

All that bubbly in San Fran is coming at a cost of opportunities lost and social services withheld from the state’s poor and needy. Does the rest of California realize the full extent to which the state’s wealthy elite is conspiring to deprive them of money and jobs in order to soothe their own green consciences?

What California needs is a pro-jobs, pro-poor party that sees the economic development of the state’s natural resources as a boon. The Democrats are too set in their ways—too beholden to über-rich liberals and a “damn the peasants, save the pheasants” environmental mindset.

Could this be just the edge the GOP needs to make a comeback?

[Derrick image courtesy of Shutterstock]

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  • Marty Keller

    “Could this be just the edge the GOP needs to make a comeback?” Answer: yes. Will the GOP hone its message on these facts to engineer a comeback? Answer: don’t hold your breath.

  • rheddles

    “Could this be just the edge the GOP needs to make a comeback?”

    Ha ha ha. What would this do to reduce the power of the teachers’ or prison guards’ unions? California’s real problem is its voters, not its uber rich. When the voters start voting down bond measures for bullet trains and idiotic propositions, then it might pay the GOP to get a clue. Until then just watch the bowers of flowers bloom in the Spring.

  • Andrew Allison

    Further evidence, as if any were needed, that Limo-Libs don’t really give a damn about the working class.

    • Mysticbeetle

      What you say is true. However, the same dimocrats keep getting elected so it’s the peoples choice.

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