Oil, business groups predict energy crisis
August 20, 2013
A new business group claims that California’s efforts to deal with climate change is setting the stage for another energy crisis.
Californians for Affordable and Reliable Energy (CARE) is a coalition of manufacturers and oil companies, most of which have been working diligently to delay, change, or terminate entirely those efforts.
The group says on its website that “California is approaching an energy crisis — state policies are forcing higher costs and reliability problems.”
According to the results of a study funded by the group itself, energy prices in the Golden State will “increase sharply” over the next few years, due largely to a host of laws, rules and regulations intended to encourage the use of renewable and alternative forms of energy; curtail laws limiting greenhouse gas emissions; and to compel oil companies to utilize bio-fuels.
Among the group’s members are the Western States Petroleum Association, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association, and the California Chamber of Commerce.