Commentary

Daniel Coffey

Daniel Coffey is a 22-year attorney with a chemical engineering undergraduate degree from University of California, Davis. A former appointee to the San Diego Park and Recreation Board, Mr. Coffey follows San Diego politics closely as an active member of the community.

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Genesis 1:26: “And God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.’”

On April 30, Gov. Jerry Brown “joined top federal officials to unveil plans that accelerate restoration of the Delta's ecosystem and fix the state's aging water infrastructure.” I count this as good news, reminded that this particular water war has been raging for decades.

Money changes everything. When environmental organizations take funds from specific commercial interests and take policy positions advantageous to those interests, it brings into question the thoughtfulness and wisdom of any announced environmental stewardship and advocacy.

Michael Lewis, author of the remarkable 2014 book “Flash Boys,” recently wrote an excellent piece in Vanity Fair about the efforts to discredit him by some of the groups he exposed.

Lester Brown leads the Earth Policy Institute (EPI). Its publications may be found at earthpolicy.org. For decades Brown has examined the world’s energy and resource landscape using the rules of mathematics and science as altered by intervening human nature, agencies and actions. His views are well worth the time to carefully consider.

Dare to imagine the economy of California with vanishing water supplies and little agriculture.

Over the past 10 years, many have offered up the attractive, if fanciful, notion that solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind power renewable energy systems will provide long-term opportunities for increasing jobs when compared to established or traditional fuel-based energy systems that use coal, oil or natural gas.

It seems the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is using its regulatory power over utilities — natural physical monopolies subject to public control — to enable competition whose core function is to raise the price of electricity destined for transportation, all to the detriment of the public. Allow me to explain.

Sooner is vastly better than later when reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In order to significantly and quickly curtail those emissions, we need to rapidly electrify transportation and decarbonize the production of electricity, while significantly expanding our electricity-generating capabilities to meet the needs created by electrified transportation. This group of tasks requires disciplined thought, a coherent legal framework and expert execution.

In order to transform transportation from its current dependence on fossil fuels to a system powered mainly by electricity, where that electricity is produced using methods that are substantially free of carbon-based fuels, it is fundamentally necessary to use renewable energy systems such as solar PV and wind power coupled with effective storage for a portion of the electrical energy produced by those intermittent renewable sources.

We don’t often express sufficient thanks for the many things that are done for us, unlikely gifts given to us, sacrifices made on our behalf and acts of kindness done without expectation of reward or acknowledgment. Here are a few, some more unexpected than others.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office held a press conference Feb. 2 to announce, and this is a paraphrase, that secret meetings will be held by a prominent group of citizens to advise his office on how to provide a stadium to the owners of the Chargers football team.

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