Saturday, August 27

FRAGILITY OF CALIFORNIA'S POWER GRID; POROSITY OF ITS SOUTHERN BORDER

You have to be a disciplined reader these days to ferret out misinformation or, perhaps better put in this instance, misrepresentation. It comes in all forms, shapes, and guises. But mostly, it's the result of misguided political correctness and the near universal subscription to it.

Oh, I'm not referring to the identification of California's power grid problem -- i.e., its "fragility" -- as was on display this week in southern California. Rather, I'm pointing to the disingenuousness of the "Los Angeles Times" in not challenging/clarifying the following statement made by a San Diego Gas & Electric spokeswoman in the context of describing the vulnerability of the Golden State during peak demand periods for electricity in the hot summer months.

To wit:

"We have a fragile system in California, and we have more people moving to this state," said Anne Silva, a spokeswoman for San Diego Gas & Electric, which was forced to cut power to more than 51,000 customers for nearly an hour.
The only significant population of "people moving to this state (California)" are coming across the Mexico-California border illegally. Setting aside the quantum growth in California's burgeoning illegal immigrant population, there has been a net reduction in the Golden State's population for some time owing to high tax rates, the high cost of housing, congestion, crime, and the insufferable red-tape that is chasing away many businesses. Californians are fleeing their state.

A Frosty Woolridge writes:

In 2003, 800,000 Californians fled their own state.

This is one Californian’s story:

Jane Powell said, "After living in Southern California for 56 years, we are "fleeing" this tarnished state. I was born here and believed I would never leave family and friends, but California’s policies have resulted in intolerable living conditions that have pushed my husband and me to seek a more livable environment. California’s generous welfare system and the federal government’s refusal to limit immigration and to stop illegal immigration have over-crowded Southern California so that social systems and infrastructure are unable to handle the heavy population burden. The near future, no doubt, will see Southern California become a third-world territory. The once "golden" state has become tarnished beyond recovery by massive immigration."

A sobering aspect of Powell’s experiences finds harsh realities by the fact that California adds 600 cars to its highways and 1,500 new people every 24 hours—all due to immigration, both legal and illegal. Time Magazine exposed the borders being overrun at 10,000 nightly. They must go somewhere. California harbors over three million illegal migrants.


Need more corroboration? Then read this sobering post of Californian Joe Guzzardi's at "VDARE." Joe writes:

Once considered to be the land of milk and honey, California is now synonymous with overcrowding, traffic, gangs, the high cost of living, exorbitant taxes, the country’s highest gas prices, sprawl, rotten schools, air pollution—and, of course, illegal immigration, which has exacerbated all of the above.

Proof of immigration’s deleterious effect on California is everywhere. It’s why the Sacramento Bee’s respected columnist Daniel Weintraub has said that illegal immigration

"…sits just below the surface of almost every major issue in California, from education to health care and the state's deteriorated infrastructure." [Recall Election is Generating Random Acts of Politics, August 19 2003


So don't be duped into thinking that California is a magnet for red-white-and-blue Americans from other parts of the country. No, the Golden State is a magnet for Mexican nationals and OTMs ("other than Mexicans").

More aptly described:

Certainly one of the top problems confronting California is the unrestrained legal and illegal immigration from Mexico as well as Latin America, Asia, Russia, and the Middle East. The sheer size of this immigration invasion has already Balkanized large parts of the state and transformed many areas into Third World enclaves that are unlikely to assimilate any time soon. These huge and expanding foreign populations present serious challenges relative to national security and the threat of terrorism.
Illegal immigration is impactful in so many deleterious ways that it's become difficult to fathom just how enervating a problem it is to the United States of America.

"Brown-out" has become a double-entendre in California.

SOURCE: "Free Republic"