Housing is a problem in much of California. Prices are high and rising fast in most areas close to the coast. To find affordable housing, millions of people make long commutes with some people spending three or four hours per day driving to and from work. In many cities, long-time residents complain about gentrification forcing them out of rental apartments, leaving them unable to find new, affordable housing, and changing the character of neighborhoods. Everyone knows a problem exists. Unfortunately, most California politicians and activists are relying on exactly the wrong policies to fix the situation.
The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline is expected to go up about 19 cents in 2018, according to the annual Fuel Price Outlook put out by GasBuddy, a tech company based in Boston that helps motorists find the cheapest gasoline in a given area. The average price in the U.S. is projected to go from $2.39 a gallon to $2.57 a gallon, the highest price since 2014. The increase will hit California drivers harder, since the average price for gasoline in the Golden State is higher (about $3.10 a gallon), due to higher taxes and the special blending requirements for fuel that are aimed at reducing air pollution.
Technology alone isn’t going to be enough to save the world from the very real dangers of climate change, Gov. Jerry Brown told an audience of environmentalists in San Francisco on Wednesday night.
The six largest states experienced significantly different net domestic migration results. Florida has led in net domestic migration, adding 1.025 million residents from other states since 2010. Florida has also led in three of the seven years. Texas led in the first four years of the decade and has added 945,000 net domestic migrants. Among the other four largest states, the net domestic migration losses have been substantial. The smallest loss has been in Pennsylvania at approximately 215,000.
Wildfires continue to ravage California, and the bravery of firefighters trying to prevent damage to homes and property has been inspiring. But this being 2017 in America, the state’s progressive politicians are blaming the fires on humanity’s sins of carbon emission. To the contrary, the conflagrations should be a wake-up call to regulators and politicians who have emphasized acts of climate piety over fire prevention.