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Legislating Energy Poverty and Prosperity (Guest: Wayne Winegarden)

July 21, 2020

California's climate and energy policies make people poorer and don’t lead to better environmental outcomes.

The rest of the nation should not follow California's lead on energy and climate policies. Despite more than 200 laws and regulations imposed to cut greenhouse gas emissions, California's emissions decline is slower than the nation as a whole. California’s high energy prices from taxes, fees and mandates, like the requirement each new home built in the state must have solar panels, has made housing and operating a company there unaffordable. Businesses and people are leaving.
H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D., is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
Dr. Winegarden’s policy research explores the connection between macroeconomic policies and economic outcomes.