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Californians to pay $600 mln for green think tank
04-12-2008, 02:21 AM,
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Californians to pay $600 mln for green think tank
http://www.reuters.com/article/ELECTU/idUS...0080410?sp=true

Quote:By Bernie Woodall

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California electricity and natural gas customers will be charged $600 million over the next 10 years to fund a green think tank, the California Public Utilities Commission unanimously voted on Thursday.

A surcharge to monthly power and gas bills will fund the California Institute for Climate Solutions, linked to the University of California. The surcharge will be tacked on customer bills of investor-owned utilities and not of municipal utilities in Los Angeles and Sacramento.

While the measure was approved 5-0, three Cal PUC commissioners voiced lukewarm support, and one, Commissioner John Bohn, said it pushed the bounds of power of the state utility regulator.

"We are, in short, telling the ratepayers that as a condition of receiving essential utility services, delivered by monopoly enterprises under our jurisdiction, they are required to pay for research and commercialization of technologies that may never deliver results," Bohn said.

He later voted in favor, saying the Cal PUC will monitor spending of the institute.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement that the institute will "bring together the state's preeminent colleges, universities, and laboratories to fight climate change."

It was Schwarzenegger who in 2006 signed a law that requires California to reduce climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020.

Cal PUC President Michael R. Peevey said funding research in technologies will help ratepayers by finding cost-effective solutions to global warming.

Ratepayer consumer group Toward Utility Rate Normalization objects to the ratepayer expense.

"Electric bills should not become a blank check for all of the Cal PUC's pet projects," said TURN Executive Director Mark Toney. "Consumers are already paying their fair share for renewable energy and conservation programs. Forcing them to pay more for an expensive academic exercise that may or may not provide benefits in the end is simply going too far."

The average power customer of the state's three large investor-owned utilities will pay an extra 25 cents per month to pay for the think tank.

The surcharge affects customers of Pacific Gas & Electric, a unit of PG&E Corp, Southern California Edison, a unit of Edison International, and Sempra Energy subsidiaries Southern California Gas and San Diego Gas & Electric.

The California Institute for Climate Solutions board is charged with finding another $600 million in matching funds.

The institute board will be laden with government.

It is to co-chaired by the Cal PUC president, the University of California president, members of the state senate and assembly, the director of the state's division of ratepayer advocates and other state agencies and universities as well as "underserved communities," and nongovernmental members from the state's utilities, private business, and consumer and environmental groups.

A "ratepayer benefit index" will be established and used when evaluating applications for grants funded by the institute.

(Editing by Christian Wiessner)
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04-12-2008, 03:10 AM,
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Californians to pay $600 mln for green think tank
You know in the end I think this "climate change" is really going to financially screw us all.
Its like - OMG, they're doing something TAX them, WATCH them, REGULATE them.

Even if GW could be true, I don't believe for a minute that there's anything that we could do about it.

All we can do is screw things up more, with wacked out experiments.
&Alice laughed, &There's no use trying,& she said: &one can't believe impossible things.& &I daresay you haven't had much practice,& said the Queen. &When I was your age I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.&
- Lewis Carroll

&Things are seldom as they seem ... Skim milk masquerades as cream.&
- Gilbert and Sullivan (Pinafore)

At NASA, it really is rocket science, and the decision makers really are rocket scientists.
But a body of research that is getting more and more attention points to the ways that smart people working collectively can be dumber than the sum of their parts. .. Irwin Janis? &Groupthink:& is a mode of thinking that people engage in when they are deeply involved in a cohesive in-group, when the members' striving for unanimity override realistic appraisals ? It is the triumph of concurrence over good sense, and authority over expertise.&
-John Schwartz & Matthew L. Wade
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04-12-2008, 06:39 AM,
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Californians to pay $600 mln for green think tank
Thats sucks, I live in LA, California.
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04-12-2008, 09:47 PM,
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Californians to pay $600 mln for green think tank
Inventions, Researches and Writings of Nikola Tesla

Do a search and find it at amazon.com and see Table of Contents with the Online Reader.

Chapter XLIII Mechanical and Electrical Oscillators 486

Thought to be distinctive processes involving atomic properties.
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