Wednesday, October 31, 2012

California, No Longer the State where the Future Happens First

First we'll start off from the middle:

In late August, David Roberti, a Democrat who served 27 years in the legislature, 13 as President Pro Tem of the State Senate, and who is now President of the BioEnergy Producers Association, wrote to Governor Brown, “Your administration stands on the threshold of a national embarrassment if nothing is done by the end of this week to provide Plasco Energy with the confidence to resume work on its municipal waste-to-renewable energy project.”

Now let's skip to the end:
It is difficult to write an article like this, but more than 250 million tons of post-recycled solid waste—a critical renewable energy feedstock–have been placed in California’s landfills since this Association began its quest for regulatory relief for this industry. Those who have blocked this effort need to be held accountable.

As to the Brown administration and the legislature’s environmental committees, the impression is left that accommodating a small number of environmental dogmatists is more important to the state than jobs, a cleaner environment, an improved economy and energy independence—and this at a time when the Governor is asking the citizens of California to support higher taxes.
Now we go to the beginning:
Among its statutory roadblocks, the state has a scientifically inaccurate definition of gasification, which, if taken literally, would require zero emissions from the entire biorefining process. Think how many petroleum refineries or power plants there would be in California if they had to meet this standard. Zero.

Throughout this time, an entrenched alliance of Democratic staff members for the legislature’s environmental committees, led by those of Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, have collaborated with elements in the environmental community to thwart every attempted initiative that would provide realistic standards of performance for this industry.

As a result, California’s emerging biobased technology companies have either moved out of the state, or sited elsewhere, thermal renewable energy projects amounting to at least $1 billion in capital investment.

So, pretty soon it will become too expensive to landfill the garbage there and that will move out of state where it will be cheaper.  Gasification is a great way to get rid of the garbage and convert it into a very, very clean burning diesel.  I've been involved in gasification technology now for four years.  It has a place in a portfolio of energy.

Except in CA.

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