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FLASHBACK: Kamala Harris Wants Every State to Have a Power Grid like California’s

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California is a poster child for renewable energy. So much so that vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris has boasted about it being a model for the rest of the country to follow.

In a tweet back in 2016, she stated “CA ensures that 1/3 of electricity is from renewable sources. Here’s how we can make it a model nationwide:”

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She followed up with a tweet in 2017 where she revealed that “California is on track to get 50% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2020, a decade ahead of schedule. We will continue to lead even when this Administration won’t. https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/California-may-reach-50-renewable-power-goal-by-12354313.php

However, the state’s recent heatwave is putting its energy infrastructure to the test. Throughout August, California was subject to rolling blackouts.

Charlotte Whelan of Townhall noted one particular worrisome aspect about these blackouts:

It’s not just the lights that are out. Critically, it’s the HVAC systems, too. Summer blackouts are hot. This puts residents’ health at risk due to excessive heat exposure and further challenges all those working from home during this pandemic. All of this is due to an overly-aggressive push in the state to increase renewable energy dependency, despite not having the technology to make it reliable for Californian residents.

Whelan added how other states can’t even help California out when it can’t meet its energy needs:

This is an extreme example of the difficulties posed by the intermittent nature of many renewable energy sources. California usually can make up for the lost solar power by importing electricity from other Western states, as well as by using energy generated at the natural gas-fired power plants in California. But with the heat wave hitting across the Western US, other states have less excess power to help California make up the deficit.

The blackouts were actually easy to see coming. Leading officials at California’s power grid warned about the inevitability of the blackouts if a heat wave struck the Western United States. Stuck on its renewable energy fanaticism, California did not heed these warnings and restructure its energy infrastructure to confront this problem.

It is rather strange that California doesn’t consider nuclear energy, which hardly emits greenhouse gases compared to sources of energy. Unfortunately, for a leftist movement that is fanatically obsessed with wind and solar energy, this will not come up for consideration.

California has become a trend-setter for wacky leftist policies— from gun control to heavy taxation. Naturally, hundreds of thousands of Californians are fleeing the state for greener pastures.

It is doubtful that the state will learn the error of its ways.

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Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation

Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”

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Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.

Under The Background Check Expansion Act,  gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House

“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.

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According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.

Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms. 

Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.

Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race. 

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