Doing nothing on energy

An electricity crisis in California and refinery closure in Illinois sound loud alarms about energy in the US. Both events show what happens when do-nothing environmentalism prevails over energy supply. Both show how the politics of energy must change.The crisis in California arose out of a political system that discourages energy development. At the core of the state's ruinous electricity shortage lies a chronic deficiency of generation capacity. It developed because acquiring permits to build power plants in California is difficult and time-consuming.To California's misfortune, demand hit capacity limits last year just as prices surged for natural gas, regional competition for w...

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