The mayor of Los Angeles instructed residents of his city to turn off their air conditioning and major appliances on what may have been the hottest day in the city’s history on Sunday. The demand to limit electricity use is similar to what occurs in third world countries, where the public loses access to power for large sections of the day because existing energy systems are insufficient to provide amenities such as air conditioning.
Mayor Eric Garcetti made the demand in a Sunday tweet. His tone seemed to imply that he wasn’t asking politely, although Los Angeles isn’t going to do anything to enforce his demand.
It’s almost 3 p.m. Time to turn off major appliances, set the thermostat to 78 degrees (or use a fan instead), turn off excess lights and unplug any appliances you’re not using.
We need every Californian to help conserve energy. Please do your part. #FlexAlert
— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) September 6, 2020
You can’t simply tell people to “use a fan instead” on a day with temperatures as high as 120F. The attempt at social engineering will simply fail.
Members of the public made it clear they were rejecting the mayor’s rationing demand on Twitter, declining to go without air conditioning to preserve energy.
I had my thermostat at 65 degrees today, with the windows open & every light on. At least 40 people were at my house getting shit faced @MayorOfLA with no mask on.
— Aubrey Huff (@aubrey_huff) September 7, 2020
California requires a considerable 33% of power generated in the state to come from renewable sources, a regulation that may have played a role in the general shortage of energy in the crowded and overpopulated state in one of the hottest summers in recent memory.
Electrical utilities in California would go on to confirm that a considerable blackout is expected as the state incurs a hot early September.
DEVELOPING: California's Independent System Operator declares stage 2 emergency, widespread blackouts expected as power grid may fail
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) September 7, 2020
Climate change is real, and is caused by a variety of factors- some of which progressives refuse to acknowledge, such as mass immigration-driven population growth and reluctance to embrace nuclear energy.
California appears primed to become a de facto third world country, in which rolling brownouts, non-existent or faulty public infastructure, rampant inequality, and housing shortages are merely a fact of life.
Tulsi Gabbard Condemns Domestic Terrorism Bill as Potentially Targeting Run-of-the-Mill Trump Supporters and Right-Wingers
The ex-House member is speaking out against members of her own party.
Former presidential candidate and ex-representative Tulsi Gabbard is speaking out against a Democrat-introduced bill to combat “domestic terrorism.” She warns that it might be used to label everyday Christian conservatives and other right-wingers as “extremists” who ought to be monitored.
Speaking with Brian Kilmeade on “Fox News Primetime” Friday evening, Gabbard criticized the bill introduced by Democratic representative Brad Schneider (IL-10). Officially known as H.R.350, it seeks “to authorize dedicated domestic terrorism offices within the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to analyze and monitor domestic terrorist activity and require the Federal Government to take steps to prevent domestic terrorism.”
If passed, the bill would in theory give the DHS, DOJ, and FBI more tools and resources to monitor certain groups and individuals they consider to be potential domestic terrorists. But Gabbard, a Democrat, worries that it could be used in practice to cast a wide net and label almost half the country as extremists or potential extremists.
“When you look at their process and they start looking at what characteristics we’re looking for as we are building this profile of a potential ‘extremist,’ what are we talking about?” Gabbard inquired. “Religious extremists, are we talking about Christians? Evangelical Christians? What is a religious extremist? Is it somebody who is pro-life? Where do you take this?
“You start looking at, obviously, has to be a white person, obviously likely male, libertarians, anybody who loves freedom, liberty, maybe has an American flag outside their house, or people who attended a Trump rally,” she continued. “Once you start walking this down the path, you see where it leads: to a very dangerous undermining of our civil liberties, our freedoms in our Constitution, and a targeting of almost half of the country.”
Her remarks come not just in response to Representative Schneider’s bill, but also to the comments by ex-CIA Director John Brennan in which he said that Joe Biden’s administration is “moving in laser-like fashion” to combat something he claims is “very similar to insurgency movements that we’ve seen overseas,” something in the United States that’s akin to an “unholy alliance” of “religious extremists, authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists, and even libertarians.”
Gabbard also called on President Biden to disavow Brennan’s remarks and work to build the “unity” he so often stressed during his presidential campaign.
“This whole effort, whether you’re talking about this bill or people saying that we have to deprogram these Trump cultists […] all of this just goes to further tear our country apart. And it moves towards what Joe Biden said in his inauguration speech that shouldn’t happen, which is a dehumanization of your opponent. […] He needs to denounce people like John Brennan and their statements, bills like the one Adam Schiff put forward, and truly speak to the American people about how we must come together around the Constitution and around our Bill of Rights, around these rights that have been endowed to us by our Creator,” she said.
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