California Needs a New Energy Policy

Todd Royal
Todd Royal is an independent public policy consultant focusing on the geopolitical implications of energy based in Los Angeles, California.

A famous quote from Virgil’s Aenid 5.231, says, “They can, because they think they can,” comes to mind over the recent headline by the San Francisco Chronicle, “California slashes emissions, hits major greenhouse gas goals years early.” The California Air Resources Board (CARB) on June 11th released data showing California’s greenhouse gas emissions, “dropped 2.7 percent in 2016 (the latest year available) […]

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New Solar Mandate Will Dramatically Raise Energy Prices in California

Todd Royal
Todd Royal is an independent public policy consultant focusing on the geopolitical implications of energy based in Los Angeles, California.

Renewable energy (RE) doesn’t work and it exacerbates climate change by locking in fossil fuels as a backup fuel over RE’s inherent unreliability and intermittent qualities that makes electricity prices more expensive than fossil fuels (oil, natural gas and coal) and nuclear energy. Countries like Denmark and Germany that have embraced renewable energy wholeheartedly now find segments of their population suffering energy […]

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How Iran’s Continued Belligerent Behavior Could Raise California Energy Prices

Todd Royal
Todd Royal is an independent public policy consultant focusing on the geopolitical implications of energy based in Los Angeles, California.

Oil prices have regained over half their losses since the 2014 crash. OPEC production cuts led by Saudi Arabia have cut into storage levels and better economic conditions have raised demand for crude oil. To further bolster prices the Saudi oil minister Khalid al-Falih told Reuters, “We still have some time to go before we bring inventories down […]

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Shale 2.0 – California is Missing Out on Transforming the State 

Todd Royal
Todd Royal is an independent public policy consultant focusing on the geopolitical implications of energy based in Los Angeles, California.

Hardline energy policies against fossil fuel exploration and production (E&P) originating from Sacramento are causing California citizens and taxpayers to miss the boom coming from United States (US) shale production taking place in Texas, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and Colorado that has forced OPEC to raise crude supply forecasts for 2018. California could use this economic growth […]

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How Should the California Republican Party Respond to Steve Bannon

Todd Royal
Todd Royal is an independent public policy consultant focusing on the geopolitical implications of energy based in Los Angeles, California.

California doesn’t have any easy races for Republicans to win. So the question becomes: is it better to have a Representative who somewhat votes Republican or to be a purist? The challenge as presented by Steve Bannon’s fiery, populist speech at the recent California Republican Party (CPR) convention should give pause to Republicans across California. […]

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The Cautious British Example When It Comes to Electric Vehicles

Todd Royal
Todd Royal is an independent public policy consultant focusing on the geopolitical implications of energy based in Los Angeles, California.

It has become raison d’être that electric vehicles (EV) will keep increasing in use without considering serious factors that could hamper their growth. The British electrical grid example and the growth of EVs should bring pause to California consumers, investors, Governor Brown and the Legislature promoting there unconstrained usage. According to the British National Grid, “the […]

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The California Republican Party is at a Crossroads 

Todd Royal
Todd Royal is an independent public policy consultant focusing on the geopolitical implications of energy based in Los Angeles, California.

The California Republican Party (CRP) is in worse shape than the national party, because they believe leaders like Rocky Chavez are the future of the party who said this after voting for the crony-filled Cap-and-Trade gas tax: “You’re right, we’re a very small component of the world on this (only 1% of global greenhouse emissions come from California), […]

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What Will It Take For California Voters To Change Their Minds?

Todd Royal
Todd Royal is an independent public policy consultant focusing on the geopolitical implications of energy based in Los Angeles, California.

In Malcolm Gladwell’s famous book, The Tipping Point his central thesis is how events collate together to form a “tipping point,” that changes individuals, companies, governments and society. Has California reached a tipping point? Seemingly it has, then why do voters keep electing the same Democrats, and allow the Republican Party to fade away into oblivion? Moreover, apathetic voters don’t […]

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There’s No Other Choice for California – America Has to Lead The World 

Todd Royal
Todd Royal is an independent public policy consultant focusing on the geopolitical implications of energy based in Los Angeles, California.

Syria has become the disaster for a generation and Iran wants to lord over the Middle East along with anywhere else it can get its grips into a region or government by whatever means necessary. In Eastern Europe a resurgent Russia continues seizing Ukraine and Putin still believes the downfall of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical disaster […]

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The Disaster of Believing in 100% Renewable Energy 

Todd Royal
Todd Royal is an independent public policy consultant focusing on the geopolitical implications of energy based in Los Angeles, California.

Senate Bill 584 (SB584) the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program, introduced by State Senator Kevin De Leon would reformulate the calculations for how much energy California would receive from renewables while eliminating fossil fuels. Senator De Leon wants to amend Section 399.11 of the Public Utilities Code relating to energy that currently states by December 31, […]

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