Peter Grover writing at the Energy Tribune -- Emission Control, We Have a Problem discusses an important connection to energy and wealth creation, which has a direct connection to job creation. He focus on Romney failure to understand the connections, but Grovers analysis could also apply to California's Democratic political leaders.
Take Mitt Romney’s hopping around over energy and climate during his opening event of the 2012 campaigning season on June 6. Front-runner (by a nose) for the GOP ticket he may currently be, but in the knowledge of energy stakes he’s already running on empty. Speaking at his first town hall event in Manchester, NH, Romney said how he “believed the world’s getting warmer”, that it’s “important to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases” and, most intriguingly, how he envied “European-style energy efficiency”. For a man whose electoral chances rest on his claimed grasp of economics, Romney’s “beliefs” don’t appear rooted in well-articulated mathematical facts.
If Romney and co knew their economics as well as they claim, they would understand the direct correlation between the level of energy consumption and national wealth creation. As I have said elsewhere “The relative wealth and poverty of nations is entirely definable by its per capita energy consumption”. Romney, like many of his associates, does not appear to understand that U.S. energy demand is not just the result of its wealth but also its cause. The speedy industrialization in China, India, Brazil and elsewhere strives for the same end: greater national wealth, for which it will need increasing sources of preferably cheap but efficient energy. Why else has China been on a global shopping spree for hydrocarbons while the West tries yet again to make windmills pay?
I think that Romney's failure to undestand the connection of energy consumption and wealth creation, which produces jobs, has also escaped our Democratic leaders in Sacramento. Wind and solar cannot provide the energy needed for business to prosper in California, which will in turn creates the jobs needed for an economic recovery. Being liberals, our Democratic leaders appear to be a mathematically challenged as Romney.