How Iran and North Korea Could Wreck California’s Energy Dependent Economy 

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

It’s difficult to ascertain what non-OPEC, and even some OPEC members will do about future supply cuts and how this will affect the California economy. According to energy trader Martin Tiller, “90% compliance is a good sign for OPEC, but Venezuela, UAE and Iraq aren’t following commitments.” Contrary signals are also coming from Nigeria and particularly Libya. […]

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Why California’s Finances Could Derail Their Energy Plans

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

According to State Senator John Moorlach (R – Costa Mesa) California has real financial problems that need to be immediately addressed. A self-described Truman Democrat, Joel Kotkin, in a recent syndicated article echoes the same sentiments. Some of the problems are California has the highest taxes overall in the nation, worst roads, underperforming schools, and the recent […]

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How to Improve California’s Growth

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

California has problems that could lead to economic failings and if that happens there will be no help from Washington. But there are things California can do to encourage economic growth, the state’s saving grace. Unfortunately Senator Harry Reid and President Obama endowed the modern presidency with unforeseen powers. Trump now has a pen and […]

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The Implications of the Paris Climate Deal 

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

Rational people want a clean environment. Usually it has been western, wealthy nations leading the environmental movement with California and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) leading the way. California can afford to clean up their air, water and be concerned about carbon emissions; now that their economies are mature enough since Maslow’s hierarchy of needs have […]

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Renewables Have Glaring Obstacles to Overcome for California

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

Bloomberg is now reporting that solar energy is cheaper than coal, and could become the lowest form of energy within a decade. Economies of scale are causing solar to drop from an average of $1.14 a watt all the way to .73 cents per watt by 2025. This should be great news for California’s overwhelming embrace of […]

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What President Trump Will Mean for California’s Economy 

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

Since Trump’s election we’ve seen a national rebound in consumer, small business, and large corporate confidence. The American business and worker class seem to be saying what Californians don’t want to hear: we want an economy not stifled by environmental and tax regulations. We want a President that understands, “it’s the economy, stupid!” California once had that type of […]

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A New Era for American Energy 

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

The stark difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was crystal clear when it came to energy before and after the election. Clinton wanted to killcoal, and since Trump was elected three coal companies stocks in particular didremarkably well in the market: Arch Coal (ARCH), Peabody (BTUUQ and Alliance Resource Partners (ARLP). While clean coal is a […]

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Questions for the California Electorate 

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

California is about to overwhelmingly elect and sustain for decades to come one-party rule.  There’s more money going to the Democratic Party and Republicans don’t seem to have any hope making a dent in LA County outside of Steve Fazio and Mike Antonovich possibly winning Senate seats. But there are a number of public policy […]

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Investing in the Electric Vehicle Market 

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

Understanding the overall electric vehicle (EV) market, it could be ascertained; EVs will overtake fossil fuel vehicles in the near future; especially in California. While the EV future isbright – California should be cautious – before spending billions of taxpayer dollars without proper due diligence. Elon Musk is a genius, and Tesla’s are spectacular cars, but […]

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California Needs to Consider the Energy Implications of SB 32 

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

For California still dependent on fossil fuels, and with renewables still years, if not decades away, our elected officials need to begin asking tough questions. The environmental movement admirably wants clean air, water, more open space and a host of other environmental measures that restrict fossil fuel exploration under the guise of protecting the environment. […]

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