Energy Issues In California

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California’s Energy Issues Are Californians going to be left in the dark in the near future? It certainly appears like there are many forces that are pushing us in that direction. It isn’t secret that companies like Enron were definitely working on that idea for almost ten years. I find it extremely hard to believe that California, known as a fifth largest economy in the world is having a similar energy problem as some of the those underdeveloped African countries. In the last couple of years California has experience sky high energy and gasoline prices and even blackouts. The situation has become so bad that energy providers in the state have began to run advertisements that encourage consumers to spend less of their own product. This…show more content…
Many people still argue that the sheer size of our economy is to blame; I think that it was a combination of natural and manmade factors that were fueling and pushing California’s Energy Issues to become so big and devastating. Most of the energy issues that we are facing today existed for many years in the past. The recent energy crises that we had experienced in our state were mostly product of our bad planning and the greed of the corporations that were supplying energy to us. If we take a look at our environment closely, we will be forced to face one of the obvious facts; we don’t have nearly enough of natural resources to meet our energy demand. By looking at our domestic production of oil, natural gas and electricity it is very easy to notice that we have a huge gap between our supply and the demand. According to the report that was published in the early 2006 by California’s Energy Commission on its website, the local production of the electricity is 78.33 %,…show more content…
Many Californians don’t see energy issue as a major problem so they live their computers, copy-machines and lights on throughout the night and with that they waste a lot of energy that could have been spent much more efficiently. There are many home appliances that use energy even when they are turned off. These appliances are mostly old and outdated, with a faulty design that allows the leakage of the energy even when they are turned off. (Flex Your Power, 2006) Even some new equipment and appliances don’t have power saving or automatic shut-off mode. Our irresponsible behavior is also obvious when it comes to oil consumption. There are so many of us that are using inefficient transportation vehicles that create increasingly growing demand for oil. Our taste for big and low fuel efficient cars had proven itself to be very expensive one. The cars produced by Ford, GM and Chrysler are famous for being huge, powerful but very environment unfriendly. The problem became serious one when a huge number of Californians decided to purchase those vehicles and began carelessly driving around the state without the worry how they will affect the environment or the demand for oil. Their actions were not only wasting a lot of fuel; they were also polluting the environment as well as pushing the gasoline prices
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