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17 April 2015



Restoring the California Senate representation to being by County rather than by population would be better than SoJ... in fact, if the past court decision(s) saddling us with the current Sacramento monstrosity would be reversed, Democrats would probably help with SoJ to help rid Sacramento of those pesky rural NorCal counties themselves.

" ... you have to be pretty dim not to understand that the overwhelming number of SoJ supporters are of the conservetarian bent"

"Conservetarian" has a grand total of 631 web hits; while I applaud conservatives who lean libertarian, that label hasn't caught on for good reasons... libertarianism isn't very popular among conservatives in the GOP.

George Rebane

Gregory 1205pm - ... and the course of the SoJ debate may be just the ticket to get us back to regional representation in California.

I use 'conservetarian' in these contexts as a shortcut to any ideology of the Right that is some amalgam of conservative and libertarian thinking. It doesn't have to have the specifics of my own conservetarianism.

Barry W. Pruett

Can someone refresh my memory as to when the BOS will hear the State of Jefferson presentation. I think that I may go watch...and hang out with George and Russ. So busy lately with work that I have not time to see my friends.

Barry W. Pruett

Forget it. May 12th. Caught on my second scan.

Russ Steele

Here is some information on the Keep It California leadership. It will be interesting to see what the political back grounds are of this group.

The Principal Officers for the Keep It California PAC include:
Cindy Ellsmore Campaign Chair Sierra County
Kevin Hendrick Vice Chair, Spokesperson Del Norte County
Rob Rowen Vice Chair, Campaign Headquarters Shasta County
Dolly Verrue Secretary Siskiyou County
John Mertes Treasurer Del Norte County
Larry Marks Assistant Treasurer Siskiyou County

“Keep It California is forming Local Coordinating Committees in every county where State of Jefferson proponents are active and has volunteers in 20 counties building these committees to monitor and respond to any incursions by Jefferson proponents,” stated Vice Chair, Kevin Hendrick.

Has anyone identified any coordinate committee members in Nevada County? My guess they will be the usual suspects.

Don Bessee

Russ, Heidi Hall has been in the mix. You are correct Sir! The usual suspects. Heidi's been running her campaign for supervisor for a bit now.


Quite the Heidi Hall obsession there Don. I do know she has an incredible work ethic and a great track record of success in her life.

Russ Steele

Writing at Jeff's blog Margaret Joehnck claims to be the Nevada County Coordinator for Keep It California. According to LinkedIN Margaret is a central figure in the Nevada County Democrat Central Committee.

Rural Caucus Treasurer, Ex.Bd Member
California Democratic Party
2009 – Present (6 years)California

Recording Secretary,
Nevada County Democratic Central Committee
2005 – Present (10 years)Nevada County, California

Nevada County Democratic Central Committee
2005 – Present (10 years)Nevada County, Ca

Another one of the usual suspects.


Wow, what a revelation you've uncovered. Supporters of California are progressive. Who knew?


"Supporters of California are progressive. Who knew?"

No, the point was "Keep it California" activists are partisan Democrats (arguably more regressive than progressive) who enjoy being the party in what has become a one party state.

Global warming has been the central theme of California Democrats for about a decade and the scientific consensus facade AB32 is based upon is crumbling. From the high speed train to how we generate electrical power, the state is being operated on the principle that we must exorcise carbon dioxide from our lives, short of ceasing to breathe (iirc gases from exhalation are about 40,000ppm CO2). What happens to political power in California if (meaning when) the AGW meme collapses?

Joe Koyote

Why the big deal about "the usual suspects" as if you all are not "the usual suspects" when it come to tea party causes like Jefferson. So what?

Todd Juvinall

Gregory hit the nail on the head. The democrats are big government lovers and they like to be told how to live their lives and we on the right don't. If you want to see the future of the whole country look at our once wonderful state.


"they like to be told how to live their lives and we on the right don't"

What you mean "we", Kemosabe?

Democrats want to have Democrats in charge of coercing others to do what Democrats know is right. Coercive utopians incarnate. Republicans want all Americans to be free to live like upstanding conservative Republicans. Republicans are from Mars, Democrats are from Venus.

Todd Juvinall


Steven Frisch

I don't think reasonable people need to debate you about climate change Gregory, because regardless of the cause of climate change, the policies we have put in place to mitigate the impacts of climate change are proving wildly successful and to be huge drivers of economic development and benefit in California.

According to recent studies released by UC Davis "Status Review of California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard - April 2015 Issue" the LCFS accounted for about one-third of one cent per gallon of gasoline used for blending in 2014.

The reported average fuel carbon intensity (AFCI) of all alternative fuels included in the LCFS program declined 15 percent from 86.4 gCO2e/MJ the first year of the program (2011), to 73.5 gCO2e/MJ in 2014.

Even the Oil industry is saying the Low Carbon Fuel Standard had no impact on prices, despite the huffing and puffing here:

"California gasoline prices didn't jump when the state's cap-and-trade program first expanded to include motor fuels because oil sellers continued making healthy profits, an oil business representative said yesterday.

Oil distributors in January were able to eat most costs associated with fuels falling under the carbon emissions cap, Jay McKeeman, a vice president at California Independent Oil Marketers Association (CIOMA), told a joint hearing of the state Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee and Transportation and Housing Committee.

"If you look at fuel prices as of Jan. 1 -- between Jan. 1 and through the middle, later part of January -- you would expect to see a 10-cents-a-gallon increase because that's basically what the fuels under the cap assessment is on gasoline," McKeeman said. But "you don't see it." http://www.eenews.net/login?r=%2Fclimatewire%2Fstories%2F1060015617

National analysts see prices dropping in the future: "Gas prices to drop to lowest level in six years this summer, agency predicts – An ongoing glut of crude oil will give U.S. drivers this summer the lowest seasonal gasoline prices in six years, the government predicts. Even in California — where prices recently surged a dollar above the national average, sparking accusations of collusion by oil refineries — analysts expect gasoline to be the cheapest it's been in years." LA Times article<http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-gas-prices-20150408-story.html?track=rss>

And according to the California Energy Commission the state currently gets just shy of 25% of its energy from renewable sources, and is solidly on track to get 33% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.

According to Bloomberg: "The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there's no going back.

The shift occurred in 2013, when the world added 143 gigawatts of renewable electricity capacity, compared with 141 gigawatts in new plants that burn fossil fuels, according to an analysis presented Tuesday at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance annual summit in New York. The shift will continue to accelerate, and by 2030 more than four times as much renewable capacity will be added....

The price of wind and solar power continues to plummet, and is now on par or cheaper than grid electricity in many areas of the world. Solar, the newest major source of energy in the mix, makes up less than 1 percent of the electricity market today but will be the world's biggest single source by 2050, according to the International Energy Agency."

Almost 11 million customers of the California's for-profit electric utilities will be getting credits averaging $27 per household on either their April or May bills. All of the proceeds of the Cap and Trade program coming from electrical generation are REBATED to customers to offset any increased costs. These credits to offset costs started last year and will begin place at least until 2020....but of course by then we may actually be seeing reductions in energy pricing as renewables are reduced in cost according to many market analysts.

In addition this year solar manufacture and installation passed natural gas production as the number one energy related employment area in the California economy. California now has more installed utility scale and distributed generation solar than all of the other 49 states combined. The rise of distributed solar is an important hedge against catastrophic events such as "the big one" finally hitting or wildfire taking out trans-Sierra-Cacade transmission lines.

California maintained and expanded its lead as the #1 place for venture capital investment in the country in 2014. A large minority of that VC investment is in the energy field.

"California-based companies received about 56 percent of all U.S. venture capital dollars in 2014, the state's highest share of venture activity since the dot com boom of the early 2000s. Over the past 15 years, investment activity has steadily become more concentrated in California and a few other states. In 2009, about 67 percent of all deals and 74 percent of venture capital dollars flowed to the top five states. By 2014, those states' share of venture dollars grew to 80 percent, according to NVCA/Pricewaterhouse Coopers data. A recent Harvard Business Review article, however, suggests that startups are receiving first-round funding in more metropolitan areas than ever." http://ssti.org/blog/useful-stats-share-us-venture-capital-investment-state-2009-2014

And finally, new research about both public views about Climate Change and its causes (see Yale polling) and extreme weather events is moving clearly to the SGW side. Even conservatives are now talking about a Carbon Tax as a means of mitigating the impacts of climate change.

We have been waiting for your predicted "collapse of the AGW meme." for a few years now and it ain't coming. Seems like the market is deciding and your side is losing...every damn day.

Instead of sitting on our back porches pontificating places like Nevada County should be rushing to the opportunity to become renewable energy leaders and take advantage of the capital flowing to solving the problem.

But that's OK buddy, your howl will be lost in the wind here, while other pragmatic people do the heavy lifting. We will look back on the dinosaurs quite fondly.


Posted by: Steven Frisch | 18 April 2015 at 09:30 AM

Wow.......another intensity 5 Frischian Sirocco! So much typing to say nyah, nyah, nay!


Just because a minority of people don't like the majority progressive policies of CA does not mean they can take their marbles, go home and secede. I didn't like the racist, regressive policies of the southern state where I used to live, but there was no progressive movement to secede. For folks constantly spouting FREEDOM at every breath, we again remind you- you have the right to move to Idaho or Arizona, places more in keeping with right wingers.


Steve nailed it this morning with facts and reality. The US and the World is rapidly moving toward renewables, while the denier dinosaurs stick their heads in the sand and try to imagine returning to the 50s, where life was supposedly better. Just amazing, sad and funny at the same time.


Wow that is great, the great all powerful government lords will refund back "all" of the proceeds of the crap and trade scam back to the rate payers. I find it odd that you do not see a problem with this. I guess it depends on what your definition of all is.

Steven Frisch

Posted by: fish | 18 April 2015 at 09:38 AM

Typical Fish--comment on the length or complexity of a post rather than its content :) You sound kind of like Todd who thinks that data is elitism.

That's OK Fish, I don't expect ideologically driven inferior intellects to actually read and source data; but, as your superior, I will source mine, so people can see it is not just the ravings of an armchair bound lunatic.

Todd Juvinall

Progressives want to be ruled so they don't have to think. Frisch and "jon" prove it. When a "jon" makes fun of people calling for less intrusion we all know they will be the commissars of their communist beliefs.

Cap and trade for a gas we all breathe out and plants need for life cracks me up. If you are dumkof like the progressives it makes sense. If you are for freedom it is anathema.


Posted by: Steven Frisch | 18 April 2015 at 09:55 AM


Todd Juvinall

LOL! Fish cracks me up!

George Boardman

A small group of nervous Nellies on the left wringing their hands hardly makes SoJ real. The May 12 supes meeting will make for good theater, and nobody in Sacramento or Washington will care if the supes endorse SoJ.

Steven Frisch

I would be happy to debate Gregory head to head in a Team Policy Debate (standard collegiate debate format) modified to include teams of 3 and some direct cross examination and questions form the audience.

Greg can bring his science guys and I will bring mine.

I think I would want to recruit Ben Santer and Peter Gleick. Gregory could bring Rose Koire and Anthony Watts (I'm sure Russ could introduce you).

This could be in the spirit of the great Buckley debates (I loved Bill Buckley for those).

Todd Juvinall

Hey I would live to see Gregory take your arguments apart and expose the lies of the "global warmers" like you. That would be fantastic! I am afraid you would be defeated handily though. Gregory s much smarter.


Posted by: Steven Frisch | 18 April 2015 at 10:15 AM

That's an event I might drive up the hill to attend. Let us know when you can pull it together.

Steven Frisch

I would make Greg's little head explode. He does not have the temperament. In a real debate with there are actual rules of evidence, and decorum and behavior standards.


Steve, the first link requires a login....please provide the login info..
The LA times article states that the drop in fuel prices are a result of the glut of oil in the market...nice try to say that the crap in trade scam is having no effect on fuel prices.


I would make Greg's little head explode.

So your debate proposal is theoretical only?


Steven Frisch

No Fish, totally real, I would take him on any time. But only if the rules and moderation is done by a trusted third party under actual formal debate rules.

Todd Juvinall

Fish I am afraid Frisch is really just afraid to debate Gregory. So as all liberals do they start fine tuning the rules. What a hoot!


Posted by: Steven Frisch | 18 April 2015 at 10:29 AM

Then this is something we'll hear more about in days to come?

As I said....that's one that would merit a drive up the hill. Put Nevada Citys gadfly on it......I'm sure that organizing this is right in jeffys wheelhouse.

Steven Frisch

Mike you can go here for the full study:


Steven Frisch

Posted by: Todd Juvinall | 18 April 2015 at 10:29 AM

Todd, I ain't 'fine tuning' the rules, see my original comment, it clearly stated "Team Policy Debate" standards and I suggested some modifications to make it more interesting.

Steven Frisch

Mike here is the direct link, perhaps you can to it through a third party news site. My subscription just ran out this morning ......kind of bummed now I own another $60 bucks.

I will poke around and see if I can cli the text and the author.


Steven Frisch

Posted by: MikeL | 18 April 2015 at 10:23 AM

"....nice try to say that the crap in trade scam is having no effect on fuel prices."

Oh, and perhaps you missed the nuance of my post: I used one source to back up the fact that bringing fuels under the Cap is having no real impact on prices, and another source to back up the fact that prices are dropping. I did not connect the analysts statements in the LAT article to the UC Davis study.


But it is having an effect on price...if the requirement was not there then the price could be lowered by the amount that the producers are paying for the crap and trade scam. Of courses than the non needed government employees who supposedly refund ALL of the proceeds that I and everyone else are paying wouldn't be out of a job. Sad really.
I will look at the other info you sent.


Would not wouldn't...

Steven Frisch

Mike, the UCD study pegs the price of Cap and Trade so far at 3/10th of a cent per gallon. The point of posting the LAT article was to show other market factors are much more influential in the price.

Todd Juvinall

Cap and trade. Hmmm. I see PG and E and SCE are the biggest traders. They are utilities who can get increases to their rates as they are forced to "trade". Amazing!

Looks like we can't see that debate fish. Mr. know-it-all appears to be hedging.


Posted by: Todd Juvinall | 18 April 2015 at 11:13 AM

We'll see Todd. I think this one might have legs.

Give it a little time.

George Rebane

StevenF 930am – Thank you for the extended exposition on current (progressive?) attitudes about the impact of government mandated and subsidized alternative sources of energy. Many of the points you about the economic progress of California due to the state’s having upped the ante on federal mandates for renewables are diametrically opposite that the data presented by more skeptical scientists and students of climate change on sites like Anthony Watt’s blog.

I think it’s important not to confuse achievement with analysts’ predictions of what is to come. This is the same crowd that is famous for always missing the mark and being surprised by reality. Your discussion of the marginal components of California gasoline prices (from your cited UC Davis study) is both confusing and, I believe, irrelevant. We need none of that to divert us from the plot of California prices at the pump vs that of, say, Arizona or Nevada over time.

But even that doesn’t get to the heart of the matter that really centers around your claim that “the policies we have put in place to mitigate the impacts of climate change are proving wildly successful and to be huge drivers of economic development and benefit in California.” That claim needs to be examined in light of how California’s economy is actually developing, given the market mangling government subsidies received by the state’s ‘sustainable energy industry’.

Venture capitalists are not dummies about where they invest their money. If they believe that government will continue to mangle the markets guaranteeing the profits of certain companies, then they will invest in them. That says nothing about the surety that Sacramento, or Washington for that matter, will be able to sustain such subsidies and policies under their respective guns.

Please don’t confuse any of this as denying the benefits of renewable energy and the technology developments that are making it more affordable. And I’m not reopening the debate on the reality and dimensions of AGW and the unsubstantiated claims that man knows how to control any of those dimensions. But I am looking for any metrics of California’s economy that reflect the wild successes that give rise to your joy. And I would view the mandated contributions to, say, the state’s recent GDP numbers with a somewhat gimlet eye, since we have countless examples over the years as to what happens when governments suddenly decide to no longer subsidize and thereby strand the succored enterprises to the mercies of the market. Some of the realities that continue to describe our state are that –
1. Unsubsidized private businesses continue to either leave the state or expand their operations elsewhere, no large employer will build their new plant in the state;
2. California has a nationally recognized and admittedly defective tax policy that simplistically just burdens its financially successful citizens;
3. California has the highest number and fraction of the nation’s poor, welfare recipients, illegals, and other demographic deficits;
4. California has the nation’s largest amount of unfunded liabilities;
5. A large cohort of the successfully retireds continue to leave the state to financially greener pastures thereby depleting this tax base;
6. Sacramento continues its insane eco-policies such as to amplify the effects of our cyclical drought and cause us to import lumber while nurturing the growth of fire-prone forests.

You also are among those who continue to believe that a good fairy will bring subsidized industry to Nevada County that will take hold here despite economic realities and other quality of life factors that mitigate against such business decisions. However that may be possible if Sacramento passes a ‘Renewable Energy Development in Rural Counties Act’ that by fiat requires at least 50% of all such technology and manufacturing be done in counties with a population under 100,000. Such a law is not beyond the progressive mavens that today populate California’s policy makers.


Re: Todd's 11.14 am

I am not hedging one bit you big dummie. Read my original post. It's right there. Team Debate Rules. No one is interested in yet another venue for an unsourced throw down. They are a waste of time. Real debates are anchored by facts with cited sources.


Wow, there is so much that is either inaccurate or deserves longer rebuttal in George's 11:22 post that I'll have to wait till I'm not on my I-phone. 😇

Todd Juvinall

As a professional and prolific bloviator Frisch, please don't hols back

Steven Frisch

Posted by: George Rebane | 18 April 2015 at 11:22 AM

"extended exposition" George, really? Et tu Brute? Your posts are long enough to read, rebuttals should have facts, which I provide.

"subsidized alternative sources of energy" Conventional fossil fuel energy is subsidized as well to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars a year. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. We subsidize things to receive social goods. You may not agree with the social good, but subsidizing solar is no different than subsidizing oil, coal or natural gas.

"diametrically opposite that the data presented by more skeptical scientists" Cite your sources, I cited mine.

"....like Anthony Watt’s blog." The weatherman?

"I think it’s important not to confuse achievement with analysts’ predictions of what is to come." I did no such thing. We are already at 19% renewable, 5% of that solar, with California the number on solar producer in the nation. Present day, not yet to come.

"We need none of that to divert us from the plot of California prices at the pump vs that of, say, Arizona or Nevada over time." once again who is confusing apples with oranges? The price of gasoline in California is a function of many other factors such as limited pipeline capacity from the midwest, using primarily Alaskan crude for refining, and the change between winter and summer blend gasoline. We could go back to never being able to see the San Bernardino and Santa Monica Mountain but then you would be paying $6000 per year for increased incidents of childhood asthma.

"That claim needs to be examined in light of how California’s economy is actually developing," California is progressing faster than any other state economy in the nation right now except Colorado, according to Business Insider magazine.


"Venture capitalists are not dummies about where they invest their money" Yes, and that is why California has been in the top 5 VC investment states every year for the last 10 years, recession or boom. You may be worried about 'sustaining' but VC sure as heck is not.

"But I am looking for any metrics of California’s economy that reflect the wild successes that give rise to your joy." See Business Insider above--high tax or not California is booming.

"...we have countless examples over the years as to what happens when governments suddenly decide to no longer subsidize and thereby strand the succored enterprises to the mercies of the market." Perhaps you do not fully understand Cap and Trade, it is a permanent market mechanism for the foreseeable future, baked in until at least 2030 after this years legislative session, and probably 2050.

According to the California Department of Finance it will be raising $4-$5 Billion per year in one to re-inevest in de-carbonizing our economy. The revenues are tracking ahead of DOF estimates. The allowance market has been rock solid and stable, suffering none of the volatility of the EU or Chicago Climate Exchange markets and has been operating rock solid for three years.

n the interest of not popping the little heads of Todd and Fish who seem to loath reading I will respond to your numeric points in another post.

Steven Frisch


"California added 150,000 more jobs last year than previously believed, signaling that economic growth in the state far outpaced the rest of the nation.

The new numbers, released Friday by the state, show California added a total of 471,200 jobs in 2014 — more than 47% higher than the previous estimate of 320,300 new jobs. The revisions boosted California's rate of job growth to 3.1% last year, much faster than the rate of 2.3% for the nation."


In the interest of not popping the little heads of Todd and Fish who seem to loath reading I will respond to your numeric points in another post.

I love to read Steve....I just find myself nodding off to some of your longer screeds. No offense but I daily bulldoze through bureaucratese and many of your longer posts are similar in structure and tone.

Let me know how the debate is shaping up....wouldn't miss it.

George Rebane

StevenF 152pm - you continue to cite large numbers that do not compare California's performance with that of the nation. Calling out prices of gasoline and percent of subsidized renewables is not the point. And most certainly claiming that fossil and renewables are equally subsidized is a bit specious - especially of how you define fossil subsidies. But remove such subsidies from both and then see what happens to renewables.

But the bottom line is still how has California done relative to the other states. There the US Bureau of Economic Analysis is pretty direct with its data. California's raw per capita GDP ranks 18th in the nation, and when adjusted for cost of living then we drop to 39th. That goes a long way to explain the hurt that California imposes on its citizens.

And from the vantage of relative GDP, California has lagged the national growth rate since 2007, and thereby has been a drag on the nation's economic recovery since are about 1/8 of the nation's economy.

The data you present falls somewhere between irrelevant to diversionary. It is common practice to attempt rescuing a losing point concerning quantitative data streams to cite a more favorable higher derivative when the actual amount (zeroth's derivative) doesn't serve. So if, say, the price is too high, one talks about the rate at which the price is dropping, and if that rate is not adequate, then the argument reverts to how the rate is coming down (i.e. the rate of the rate), and so on.

In addition to stifling laws, regulations, and codes, our tax rates are among the nation's highest for both personal, corporate, and sales. And quoting raw numbers instead of relative percentages is really a bamboozle for the uninitiated in these matters. Who care that an absolute number of new jobs in 2014 were "47% higher than the previous estimate of 320,300 jobs." Having dived deeper into the recession, we would expect some recovery rates to also be higher, that is natural behavior economies that don't imply that such economies were superbly managed.

In sum, your arguments are based on the most curious conclusion that more regulatory roadblocks to business creation and operation, and higher taxes on everyone (save government picked winners)is the route to economic growth and prosperity. The comparative data show otherwise.

Steven Frisch

Posted by: fish | 18 April 2015 at 02:30 PM

Ah, Fish, you guys just want to spout and not actually debate with real sources and people who are willing to cite them. To characterize my writing as bureaucratese and George's as anything else seems a bit disingenuous.


Posted by: George Rebane | 18 April 2015 at 02:37 PM

George....lets also not forget that some percentage of Steves cited economic numbers are due to some 8 trillion dollars in conjured money slowly wending it's way through the economy. That kind of "money" allows the Solyndras, Evergreen Powers, and Fiskers to show up in the GDP numbers while being non-viable without government assistance.

Steven Frisch

"you continue to cite large numbers that do not compare California's performance with that of the nation." The Business Insider study directly compared California to every other state.

"And quoting raw numbers instead of relative percentages is really a bamboozle for the uninitiated in these matters. Who care that an absolute number of new jobs in 2014 were "47% higher than the previous estimate of 320,300 jobs." You must not have read the second paragraph...."California's rate of job growth to 3.1% last year, much faster than the rate of 2.3% for the nation."

"And most certainly claiming that fossil and renewables are equally subsidized is a bit specious". What about the fact that coal enjoys a substantially lower freight rate than other goods...that is a subsidy, created by Congress.

The bottom line is that you don't accept inconvenient facts and embrace anything that supports you existing point of view, the very definition of conformation bias.

Steven Frisch

Posted by: fish | 18 April 2015 at 02:47 PM

I'm sorry Fish I don't know how to reposed to numbers like "8 trillion dollars in conjured money slowly wending it's way through the economy." You have a source for that? how much in California? how much as percentage of GDP compared to other states?

Talk about an absolutely irrelevant statement...gonna hold Fish to the same standard George?


Posted by: Steven Frisch | 18 April 2015 at 02:57 PM

I'm sorry Fish I don't know how to reposed to numbers like "8 trillion dollars in conjured money slowly wending it's way through the economy." You have a source for that? how much in California? how much as percentage of GDP compared to other states?

How much in California.....?? Solyndra was California and I imagine many other California based businesses were recipients of DC largesse. If this is incorrect and (except for Solyndra of course) the California contingent is bravely battling forward in a sluggish economy with no federal funds than by all means your earlier argument is that much more impressive. Is that the case?

From WaPo "Fact Checker". Until I know differently I'll assume that this is a legitimate source.

One alternative method looks at the dollar amount of the debt increase divided by the dollar amount of GDP at the end of each term. Obama’s numbers for the debt and GDP are only through Sept. 30, 2014, and thus should be considered a temporary figure, as an improving economy might boost the GDP and thus improve his ratio. At current trends, however, it is likely that Obama’s performance would be the worst among recent presidents, according to this calculation. (He would still trail Roosevelt and Wilson among presidents in the last hundred years.)

Debt increase* End-of-term GDP* Percentage

Reagan $1,873 $8,850 21%

GHW Bush 1,484 $9,410 16%

Clinton 1,268 $12,680 12%

GW Bush 4,899 $14,580 34%

Obama 7,198 $16,160 44%

So 7 trillion.....but likely closer to 7.5 Trillion as this was as of 30 Sept 2014.


Todd Juvinall

I think you popped the little head of Frisch there fish. I see he is still plastering the blog with bureaucratic BS. I saw a lot of his writing for eight years as a Supe. He truly has become a full fledged bureaucrat. What a hoot!

Steven Frisch

Hey Todd, where did you "see a lot of his [my] writing as a Supe"? I don't remember ever writing one single thing to the BOS while you were on it between 1985 and 1992. I don't remember writing anything that was published anywhere while you were on the BOS Where did you "see a lot of his writing as a Supe"?

I am really loathe to call you a liar, but I think you are a liar.

George Rebane

stevenF 254pm - did you just ignore the data I presented in my 237pm? Those are the kinds of numbers I believe bear on this discussion of how well California is doing relative to other states. If you disagree, I would like to hear your reasoning why the data you presented is more relevant than 1) what I presented, and 2) my summary of your implied contribution of regs and taxes to economic performance.

BTW, as a footnote to all this, I do appreciate the approach and enthusiasm with which you argue your side. For the undecided (middle road?) reader, the contrast should be educational. Thank you.

Steven Frisch

Posted by: fish | 18 April 2015 at 02:47 PM

Fish, if some portion of my numbers are based on money wending its way through the California economy the same is true of every other state, and some portion of George's numbers would be affected by money wending its way through those economies.

I think your statement is totally irrelevant to the conversation.

George, same standard?

Steven Frisch

George, I think that if we are going to compare GDP per capita we would need to look at the per capita GDP of California compared to other states, and its relative position over the years. My guess is California's per capita GDP was probably pretty low until the 1920's when Los Angeles really boomed, then it probably gained during the second world war and immediately afterward as industry and population lagged behind industrial growth. The comparison here would not be what is California's per capita GDP compared to other states, but has California's per capita GDP grown compared to other states over time. Then we would need to overlay the regulatory policies and tax rates you claim have retarded California's per capita GDP and see what effect they had, factoring in other externalities of course.

Like many things it is not as simple as a single figure.

Let me ask you a question, do you think the increase California's personal and business tax rates was lower before Prop 13? If so would you say that as property tax revenue fell we increased tax rates in other areas? If so, by your logic, wound;t Prop 13 have more to do with shifting the burden of tax to the wealthy and business more than regulatory policy?

Steven Frisch

Todd, if you can produce one document I sent to the Board of Supervisors, or published that you would have read while you were on the Board of Supervisors I will stand at a CABPRO event and eat it (in printed form of course), and donate $1000 personally to CABPRO.

Don Bessee

'jon' re HH our own Pelosi clone, guess the last election ended that streak of successes eh.


I see the big Frischie in the small pond is in fine form today, about what one would expect for a shameless rentseeker with a trivial arts degree in political bullshitting.

Steve, one difference between the sciences and politicians is that scientists are expected to understand and even argue the position of the scientists they disagree with; that you didn't even name one scientist who doesn't toe the "consensus" line shows you don't know or don't care what the opposing arguments are, and given you named perhaps the only verified liar and fraudster for one of your warmists, you probably don't know AND you don't care... ignorance can be bliss. Gleich (who has no credentials in meteorology, climate or atmospheric physics), while he was chairing the Ethics panel of the AGU had the chutzpah to masquerade as a Heartland Director in order to get proprietary documents being distributed to their Board, *forged* a document that named Gleich as a major threat to skeptics, and inserted it into the Heartland package before distributing it on the internet under a sockpuppet name. It took awhile to pin it on Gleich, but it did land back in his lap.

Et tu, Andy?

Santer isn't a bad pick for a pro AGW side (and the American Physical Society agrees, having invited him to the APS workshop review on climate science). The transcript of that workshop is here:

Joe Romm would be a choice I'd make for you; Gavin Schmidt would also be a good choice, but he got trounced in 2007 in an IntelligenceSquared/PBS Oxford style debate of the questions, Global warming is not a crisis. Schmidt even got a Bronx cheer from the liberal Manhattan audience when he, in exasperation, blamed the audience for not being able to understand the issues and he's avoided appearing with capable skeptics ever since, claiming not to want to lend them credibility (one might suspect he really just doesn't like losing that badly). Schmidt was one of three alarmists, facing Dr. Michael Crichton, Dr. Phillip Stott and MIT's Lindzen.

Since Frisch knows no scientists with views outside the IPCC "consensus", the three the APS chose for the workshop were MIT's Richard Lindzen, Georgia Tech's Judith Curry and UAH's John Christy. They'd be fine choices for a fantasy debate (Curry was scintillating at a Congressional hearing last week) but the ones who performed the research that turned me from "Lukewarmer" to skeptic to scoffer are astrophysicist Nir Shaviv, geochemist Jan Veizer, physicist Henrik Svensmark, physicist Eigil Friis-Christensen and particle physicist Jasper Kirkby. There are a host of others but that's a good start.

The guy the APS picked to head the review was perhaps the one APS member who really was as pure as Caesar's wife, Dr. Steven Koonin, formerly of CalTech. Koonin, as a result, is apparently now firmly in the skeptic camp, having written a celebrated op-ed in the WSJ:

Shaviv is on a particular roll... now a full professor at the Racah Institute of Physics, he's spending a year's sabbatical at Princeton's Institute of Advanced Studies as an IBM Einstein Fellow (pay attention here, Steve, that was IBM paying his way, not Exxon) and he, along with a more refined dataset of ocean temperature proxies by Veizer, has detected the 32 million year periodic oscillation of our solar system in and out of the galactic plane ... by galactic cosmic rays, in the climate. Fascinating reading for the science minded:

A preliminary version was published in a Nature peer reviewed journal last fall, and I'm sure there will be a very detailed version published later.

Oh, and Steve, Russ did introduce me to Watts a few years ago, in Nevada City, but while he's just a blogger who I have never used as a reference, Anthony does a good job of presenting the work of real scientists that you'd never hear of if you just read The Chronicle and Mother Jones, and the most charitable thing I can say about Rose Koire is that I've never been in her target audience; that Steven Frisch of the wretchedly misnamed Sierra Business Council would represent otherwise is more evidence that Steve is worse than he thinks I am. I also do my best to avoid arguments to authority... I can actually do a credible job of presenting the science of all the people I name, at a layman's level as you might get in a Scientific American article before they drank the koolaid. Steven Frisch cannot.

Steven Frisch

So I take it that is a "NO" Greg? :)

I thought so.

Offer still stands, you bring yours, I bring mine, whoever they may be, and we duke it out in a moderated format based on real rules.

After wading through all the bullshit over how much you loathe my organization, I se the answer is still NO.

I would wipe the floor with you you little guttersnipe.

Steven Frisch

And Todd, you lying sack homespun anecdotes, the offer is still open.

Steven Frisch

That should read, "as industry grew and population lagged behind industrial growth."

Steven Frisch

Hey, Fish, Todd and George, Greg's reopens looks awfully l o n g to me. Gonna bust his chops?


Posted by: Steven Frisch | 18 April 2015 at 03:37 PM

The Obama administration isn't shoveling money to coal plants located in the midwest, mines in central Nevada, and frackers in Texas. He is however gifting the solar and green energy industries....industries that are in large measure located in .....wait for it....California.


Steve, this is your fantasy, not mine. The cosmic experiment is running and I think there will be adequate evidence anyone not a Born Again "Progressive" from climate alarmism in the next 5 years... it was clear to me in 2007 that there was a MAJOR line of evidence pointing away from climate catastrophe being actively ignored, and that line has only gotten stronger with time. The only thing that could keep Alarmism in beans and tortillas would be a resurrection of late 20th century warming, but the oceanic cycles that appear to have been a major driver are expected to continue cool, and the doubling of solar magnetic activity of the 20th century which shielded us from ionizing galactic cosmic rays (a significant source of cloud condensation aerosols) is over, with a Maunderish solar minimum expected for solar cycle 25, the likes of which that has not been seen since the Little Ice Age

We can debate online right here; if you want a Oxford style debate with scientists of international stature, that's above my pay grade to arrange but I'd be happy to help. I think you are incapable of actually delivering anyone but prove me wrong. I also think you are incapable of being civil when faced by someone who won't wither under your verbal assault.

Is your SBC going to scare up funding for this fantasy debate? No, I didn't think so.


Hey, Fish, Todd and George, Greg's reopens looks awfully l o n g to me. Gonna bust his chops?

No.....again he didn't accuse me of "seem to loath reading" either. You seem to think that you're the only contributor here who I don't read with "GREAT INTENSITY"....you would be mistaken in this assumption.

Todd Juvinall

Frisch you missed ,y point about your writings. I tossed you into the bureaucracy BS I read as a Supe. You are simply all the same. Get it?

I think you have been shown to be a AGW believer Frisch. Gregory has shown you only read your "side" and disregard anything that opposes your worldview. You are in a cloister and get out. What a hoot!

Steven Frisch

Greg, the last refuge of the uncivil is call someone else uncivil when they act that way. Your record of incivility is clear to me. I am speaking on behalf of myself, yet you insist on bringing my employer into this. Why is that Greg? You don't see me attacking your employer do you? I would bring your employer into this but you don't have one do you? I could say, "the wretchedly misnamed Goodnight Enterprises", but there is no such thing.

I would do an on-line Oxford style debate, but there would need to be an impartial moderator to keep you from just the type of comments that appear above.

I ain't buying your "I am from Harvey Mudd so I know better" schtick.

Steven Frisch

Todd I think half the time you don't even understand what you write.




street urchin

The guttersnipe stole the purse.

by plasteredbob July 05, 2003

.....and who could doubt the wisdom and verbal competence of Urban Dictionaries "Plastered Bob"?

Steven Frisch

By the way Todd, do you get the humor of in one paragraph saying "you are all the same" then accusing me of only disregarding anything that does not fit my world view?

George Rebane

How in hell did the SoJ issue bifurcate to include a rehash of the AGW debate?

Re my 336pm and SteveF's 349pm, I do want to the debate about California's economic performance to return to the seminal measurables. There is no doubt that California's residents are hurting, the polls, the demographics, and the U-Rent trailers testify to that. How do extraordinary taxing and regulatory levels contribute to growth?


As the CEO of the wretchedly misnamed Sierra Business Council, in a very real sense you are your employer, and what you get is your negativity bounced back atcha. Your screeds above are a case in point.

What's in the name? It isn't a council of businesses, the very name is misleading. When I first read of it during the NH2020 brouhaha, I really thought you represented business, not a rentseeking herder of businesses through a maze of regulations. People taking the name at face value think you represent a business approach to regional governments, and you do not.

Then there's your tax fraud as a restaurateur and that DUI if we want to dig further.

George Rebane

Gentlemen, gentlemen - with your ad hominems cherche le Sandbox.

Paul Emery

Frish, Gregory
How about a public debate with a format of your design. I will do what I can to have it broadcast by KVMR as a news special. Also it's po0ssible it could be broadcast on NCTV as well. Let me know yout thoughts on the idea. Lets migrate to the Sandbox on this idea.

Todd Juvinall

Frisch 4:55

Your comprehension level is pretty low. Writing the same as all the bureaucrats do is quite different than your worldview on global warming love. Jeeze what a dunce.

Regarding the State's economy. The whole central valley is a mess. Not only did the democrats stop water deliveries when there was water to deliver in the Fresno area over the years, the unemployment levels are huge. Now all those people have to eat and drink and have a roof over their heads. Their kids need to be in school yet they have no jobs. So we have a double and quadruple whammy to the economic system here. Besides that, we have Covered California that is cooking the books and spending a gazillion bucks we shift from other necessary things. The state is a mess, AB32 is a fiasco, and now the drought and the democrats handling of it are a fiasco as well. But the rent seekers like Frisch get the grants to tell Nevada City how to save electricity. The state is in Alice's Wonderland!


Posted by: George Rebane | 18 April 2015 at 04:59 PM

Sometimes it just goes that way George!


Posted by: Todd Juvinall | 18 April 2015 at 05:09 PM

You raise an excellent point Todd:

Besides that, we have Covered California that is cooking the books and spending a gazillion bucks we shift from other necessary things.

And it gets back to the "Gruberization" of the political process. You guys might get cut a little more slack if so many of your experts weren't caught on tape so often bragging that they gamed the system but that it was all for the best!



Let me point out that I left my house soon after my 9:08AM, and Frisch was shadow boxing me in the hours while I was out. Pure out of the blue ad homs.

George, the point I made to the points you wanted to argue, "what happens to political power in California if (meaning when) the AGW meme collapses?". Carbon mitigation and taxation is the organizing principle of economic policy in Sacramento, and will remain so until it obviously costs the current Democratic Party more votes than it buys. That measurable economic activity results from borrowing billions and spending it on politically channeled spending is a given; what's hard is to figure out what growth would be had that capital been available to enterprises that are trying to provide a better mousetrap in a market free of political misappropriations... we might was well argue how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

The dismal science of economics is better at autopsies than therapies.

Todd Juvinall

Fish I don't get you 4:54 post. Am I just dense? Hey don't answer that. LOL!

Todd Juvinall

I am not a supporter of SoJ but I totally understand why it is happening. I am making some attempts at the old eac county gets a Senator schtick which would solve it all but probably has as much chance as SoJ. What it says to me is the government is out of touch with reality and the minority people, those in the rural areas, are getting screwed and are simply fed up. Little flames can spread and become conflagrations if we have people that don't pay attention. The fall of the old USSR is a prime example.


Posted by: Todd Juvinall | 18 April 2015 at 05:20 PM

The gist of it is that guys like Frisch expect us to trust their experts.....but so many of their "experts" are like Michael Mann and the CRU book cooking affair....and the aforementioned Jonathan Gruber lying about Obamacare. Lets just say guys who don't demonstrate they're worthy of trust placed with them. The head of the IPCC (Pachauri) just got the bums rush on a sexual harassment charge. Every 18 months or so there is a scandal surrounding the holy notion of "peer review". And so it goes!

Not trusting experts is a wholly rational position to take!


Todd 5:20PM, one the names Frisch, the posturing CEO of the wretchedly misnamed Sierra Business Council, tossed my way was "guttersnipe", at 4:13PM.


Steven Frisch

George, do you have the U-Haul number handy or is that just another case of saying something with no back-up? Is the U-Haul number higher as a percent of population in California than it has been in the past or in other states? Is there a secret "U-Haul" index out there somewhere?

Russ Steele


Reality check! According to my estimate based on information provided by the US Energy Information web site, the cost of Low Carbon Fules and Cap and Trade on fuel production is costing California's about 26 cents per gallon. You can go to my webpage and see a graphic I have prepared here:


Note I am comparing regular formulated fuel in the PADD 5 western states without California, with California formulated fuel prices. PADD 5, without California includes Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii. Including Alaska and Hawaii inflates the average price, so without these high cost fuel states in the total, the disparity could be even greater between other western states and California. All indicating that California regulations are driving up the cost of fuel, which increases the cost doing business in California, making surrounding states more competitive.

Todd Juvinall

Gregory, now I get it. Fisj, excellent point. We all get to read the "experts" and then we have free will to choose who we trust. Your observation that Frisch expects us to walk in his lockstep when he lists his experts yet pooh poohs ours is telling. I think he is just a partisan hack like Harry Reid etal.

Regarding California's economy. I think we have a very high unemployment number and a large "not counted work force" here. With Apple sending all the manufacturing to China and leaving our people on the bread lines, I would say things are not that good.

George Rebane

StevenF 600pm - http://www.aei.org/publication/the-california-exodus-to-texas-is-reflected-in-market-based-one-way-u-haul-truck-rental-prices/

Steven Frisch

"Bottom Line: The cost of a one-way U-Haul truck leaving California for Texas is more than twice the cost to rent that same truck going from Texas to California, suggesting that there are twice as many trucks and people leaving California for Texas than vice-versa. Based on the huge difference in demand for one-way truck rentals, there is a premium of more than 100% for Californians to rent trucks going to Texas, and large discounts for trucks going in the opposite direction to California. U-Haul’s market-based pricing seems to confirm the California exodus to Texas of jobs, people and businesses like Toyota and Occidental."

Seriously my friend that is not evidence, it is a quaint speculation.

Steven Frisch

Russ, I Iooked at your graph and you have no way to attribute the change in the delta to the LCFS. It looks like you very accurately graphed the data, but not the cause.

UCD actually tracked the sales of allowances versus pricing and supply, factored in refinery capacity and data from refiners.

Don Bessee

Frisch demands we goose step with the kool aide drinkers and keeps pointing to the emperors sycophants for their glowing reports of the nonexistent emperors robes but they have lost the public on this. Falsified and manipulated data and a horrendous pattern of failed predictions mount. ( Roll Al Gore archival footage and please include his G5 taking off to Davos etc. with a background audio of Nazi marching music please. ) Where was I, oh ya. You can clear cut all the forests to print your volumous citing's of each other but your argument has no weight against the facts that have stacked up for decades.

Steven Frisch

Wow Don you just managed to waste an entire paragraph saying precisely nothing.

Steven Frisch

I think a good case could be made that is OK if the price of gasoline relative to other states goes up in California by a reasonable amount as long as the proceeds are invested in efficiencies and savings that reduce costs in other areas. It send a price signal that I agree with that we value efficiency and co-benfits over consumption.

I also think that although the price of allowances equating to 1/3 of a cent does not mean that much relative to the price of gasoline, our ability to be sure what the causal relationship is between the allowance and of the specific price is limited. There are way to many externalities to say A caused B.

Russ Steele

Steven@07:38 PM

It is hard to separate the individual cost of the California environmental regulations, there are a plethora of regulations that are impacting the price of fuel in the state, LCFS and AB-32 Cap and Trade being two of the most recent. Over time we can look and see that the delta difference is between states that are producing and formulated regular gas and California. My guess is that it will be an increase. It went from 58 cents in July 2014 to 84 cents in March of 2015. We will look again at the delta in July 2015

Regardless of what produced the delta cost, it makes California uncompetitive with other states. In 2011 California lost almost $40 billion dollars in wealth to neighboring states and Texas according to the IRS records of AGI.

CA Lost Wealth To:
$9.89 billion Nevada
$8.14 billion Arizona
$6.40 billion Texas
$6.28 billion Oregon
$5.52 billion Washington

Money talks when money walks.

CA Gained Wealth From:
$3.42 billion New York
$2.46 billion Illinois
$2.03 billion New Jersey
$1.52 billion Massachusetts
$1.26 billion Michigan

The out flow to neighboring states is the competitive tell tail.

Todd Juvinall

DonB 7:42 between innings here. Anyway, thank for the recap of why "global warming" err "climate change" is so low on the interest list of the real people. Only sycophants and rent seekers from the pool of stolen taxpayers money can still get excited about the non-issue. That includes most democrats and their legislators.

Here in California AB32 is looking more the fool's chore. Rising fuel costs, electric costs, natgas costs, trucking and auto regulations, home energy costs, (now retrofits on sales) and all the other liars laws on energy that only a bureaucrat like theFrisch could love. Jeeze, California is being ruined by him and his ilk. Sad.

Don Bessee

SF- While it was only a paragraph, I would submit that it got more traction with voters than your pages and pages of bloviating. :-0 snap!

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