WUWT author Larry Hamlin rightly says that if the state government is going to succeed, they're going to have to outlaw or strictly limit car usage - the largest source of CO2 emissions. In fact, they'll have to go full tilt Agenda 21 or 2030 or whatever they're calling it today. The state will have to control and dictate virtually every aspect of Californian’s lives including:
- where and how they can live,
- what kind of jobs and businesses they can work in,
- what kind of housing they can have,
- what kind of car they can drive (if any),
- how many miles can they drive,
- what kind of public transportation they must use,
- how many times they must walk and bicycle,
- how much and what kind of energy they can use,
- what kind and how food can be farmed,
The largest single source of the states (SIC) greenhouse gas emissions by far and away is the transportation sector (37%) with the industrial sector second (24%) , instate electricity generation third (12%) and import electricity generation and agriculture tied at fourth (8%).The benefit of all this disruption in California, essentially either massively reducing the state's population or removing most cars, is going to be immeasurably small - if there's any benefit at all. In global terms, California's total CO2 emissions are less than 0.4% of the global CO2 emissions EIA forecasts for year 2030 and the reductions are 60% of that. The rest of the planet, especially the "developing world" is proceeding with building coal fired power plants just about as fast as they can be built.
In a piece I wrote in 2010, my first year here, I found a number for the amount of CO2 required to raise global temperature 1 degree C - according to the warmist's models. 1.8 million million metric tons. California is going to reduce emissions by 172 million metric tons. Since 172 is close to 180, lets be generous and round their reduction up to that. That means they will reduce global temperature rise by 180/1,800,000 or .0001 degree C, which simply isn't detectable in a system as big as the planet.
It's a well-known truism that "gun control isn't about guns; it's about control". The same goes here: "it's not about carbon dioxide control, it's about control". Who's going to be left in California? Limousine liberals, and rich Hollywood types. Many environmentalists have said they'd like to see the number of humans reduced by 95%. This way, they might get their wish in their state without actually having to kill anyone off.