Rep. Ro Khanna Parrots Activist Fantasy in Sacramento Bee Op-Ed

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Much like radical activists, Rep. 罗·卡纳在为虚假和未经证实的说法提供零证据的同时,推动了修辞上的幻觉.

Here are four ways Khanna’s radical talking points got it wrong:

1.    Khanna’s Fantasy: “加州是时候停止建设新的化石燃料项目了……不要再进行新的石油钻探了, no new pipelines and no new refineries.”

California’s Reality: 将加州更多的能源资源留在地下并不会降低皇冠新现金官网app对石油的需求. California consumes 1.8 million barrels of oil a day to fuel transportation, power businesses, grow food, and produce thousands of consumer products. Just 26% of that total is produced in-state, and demand is only increasing. 关闭州内的生产不会结束加州经济对能源的巨大需求. Rather, 这只会导致更多的石油通过油轮和铁路从国外进口, impacting affordability, reliability, and safety.

As Governor Brown put it in 2015: “As we speak [Californians] are burning up gasoline that is being shipped from Iraq, from Russia, 所以皇冠新现金官网app在这里做不到的,皇冠新现金官网app将从其他地方得到.”

2.    Khanna’s Fantasy: “Newsom should institute a 2,500英尺的缓冲区”,以“确保不再有一个人必须在他们的后院或校园里承受石油和天然气工业污染的健康负担。.”

California’s Reality: As indicated by Khanna citing zero evidence for this claim, studies reject the idea that oil and gas facilities cause adverse health effects. For example, 洛杉矶公共卫生部(LADPH)已经彻底审查了这个问题, 在最近的一份综合报告中,评估了七份环境影响报告和两份石油和天然气生产地点的健康影响评估. 对这些评估进行的技术分析没有发现对公共卫生产生重大不利影响或风险的证据. In fact, LADPH报告中包含的一项研究发现,取消石油和天然气作业不会对公众健康产生明显影响.

In addition, 2011年和2015年对Inglewood油田进行的社区健康评估证实,该油田附近居民的健康状况与整个洛杉矶县和无石油生产地区居民的健康状况相似(甚至更好). 在另一项研究中,南海岸空气质量管理区向固定源委员会提交的石油和天然气作业评估发现,毒素和颗粒物“与典型环境空气中观察到的水平相似”,“低于短期接触健康指导水平”.”

In short, Khanna正在制造一个神话,他认为石油和天然气的运营会对健康产生负面影响. More than two dozen local, regional, 州和联邦机构监管加州生产过程的每一步,以确保公众健康和环境保护. 加州的石油和天然气是在世界上最严格的排放控制条例下生产的.

3.    Khanna’s Fantasy: 纽森可以“启动一场清洁能源革命,创造数千个高薪工作岗位”,同时“为行业工人和他们的社区伸张正义”,“确保清洁能源革命不让任何一个人掉队”.”

California’s Reality: While activists like to talk about “just transitions” for workers and communities, the facts don’t shake out – and workers aren’t buying it. According an analysis by Capitol Matrix Consulting, the oil and gas industry supports 55,000 jobs in California, 专家们经常指出,“转型”员工并不像听起来那么简单.

Brian Murray, the Director of the Duke University Energy Institute, recently wrote in Forbes:

理论上,新的可再生能源工作岗位可以由退出化石燃料行业的工人填补. 但是,对技能快速转移和劳动力跨区域迁移的需求提出了挑战. Field electricians, for instance, may find it easy to re-apply their skills from an oil field to a wind farm, 但是,一个井架工人能轻而易举地成为太阳能电池板安装工,或者一个地下矿工能轻而易举地成为风力涡轮机维修技术员? What type of retraining would be necessary for such transitions, how long would it take, and what would wage differentials across occupations look like?

Neither radical activists nor Rep. Khanna have any answers for Murray’s questions. And, furthermore, recent economic analysis shows the “just transition” is little more than a talking point. Capitol Matrix Consulting的一项分析发现,可再生能源行业的工资明显低于石油和天然气生产行业. The average wage for “green” jobs was found to be $66,000 per year, which is 42% lower than the average oil and gas production job ($113,000). In addition, “绿色”工作的平均工资比油气管道和建筑行业的平均工资(99美元)低33%,000).

这些事实导致工人和劳工领袖质疑“转型”承诺的真实性. As Robbie Hunter, president of the California Building and Construction Trades Council recently told Politico他说:“它所做的只是做民主党最近似乎非常擅长的事情,那就是输出皇冠新现金官网app的就业机会, while doing nothing for the end game, which is the environmental.’’

4.    Khanna’s Fantasy: California has an “addiction” to oil and natural gas.

California’s Reality: Oil and natural gas are versatile resources central to our quality of life. They provide reliable, 可负担得起的能源和原材料来源,这些都是目前加州人种植和运送食物所必需的, heat homes, fuel transportation, power businesses, and create thousands of products that make our lives better.

Local oil and gas production is necessary for carbon neutrality.  康纳忽略了石油的多功能性,它远远超出了它作为主要燃料来源的作用.  石油弥补了可再生能源的间歇性,在建筑材料中起着至关重要的作用, medical devices, 零排放汽车和可再生能源组件以及现代社会必不可少的数千种产品.

通过将虚假和未经证实的说法作为反对油气行业的激进叙事的一部分, Rep. Khanna is doing Californians a disservice. Voters and policymakers deserve an energy future grounded in science and facts, not rhetorical fantasy.

卡纳的强硬立场“把它埋在地下”,这与能源政策专家的观点直接相左。能源政策专家认为,要在大幅降低排放的同时,为未来提供可靠的能源,需要广泛的能源组合. For instance, the California Council on Science and Technology’s comprehensive review 该州能源未来的结论是,即使“快速而积极”地部署可再生能源, 在2050年以后,石油和天然气仍将是几个目的和经济部门的“必需品”. Similarly, the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s 2019 Annual Energy Outlook 发现到2050年,石油和天然气等传统能源仍将提供该国大部分能源需求.

The California oil and gas industry is working toward a new energy future, collaborating with renewable developers to invest in new technologies, resulting in lower carbon intensity and lower costs for consumers. 业界认识到,传统能源和可再生能源对皇冠新现金官网app的未来都至关重要.

We invite Rep. Khanna to join that reality.

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