Stein: – Governor Newsom’s mathematical shortcomings are his recall challenges

Last week I bought unleaded gas in Pismo Beach, on the Central Coast, for my Prius–$4.15 a gallon.  In Simi Valley, the cost is $3.79.  In Dallas, it is under $2.00 a gallon.  Newsom has signed an order to end the oil industry in California in 25 years—that means if upheld, investment in the oil industry will end immediately, refineries, gas drilling, the use of natural gas—all gone.  In an article I will publish later this week, we found out just ending the use of natural gas in California will costs families and businesses an extra $5.8 billion a year—money that could go to education, job creation, etc.  Instead, government action will raise the cost of living—forcing more poor and middle class to leave, to protect their economic survival.

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  1. The State of California is unable to generate enough in-state power and needs to import expensive power from neighboring states. The Governor is proud of California, through its dysfunctional energy policies, imports more electricity (32 percent) than any other state  from the Northwest and Southwest as the state in unable to produce enough in-state electricity.  How much more electricity is importable?

California is in an economic death spiral—and the media is spouting the government line that nothing is the matter—we are thrivingNote the price of gas, meats, fruits, rent, water, electricity and you know will are killing the middle class.  The rich can afford silly regulations that raise prices-real people can’t.

PART I – Governor Newsom’s mathematical shortcomings are his recall challenges

\Facing a recall based on his financially destructive policies, he blames the Republicans, but is incapable of understanding that there are not enough Republicans to vote him out. The recall is all about the financial and homeless disasters he has created.

By Ronald Stein,, Ambassador for Energy & Infrastructure, Irvine, California, Exclusive to the California Political News and Views  5/3/21


The good looking and smooth-talking Governor Newsom of California has inflicted so much financial damage to the State that it may take decades to recover, if even possible. One can easily see his mathematical challenges when he blames the Republicans, not being cognizant enough to know that the Democratic dominated state, does not have enough Republicans to oust him out of office.

His destructive energy policies and direction appear to be mostly driven by emotions and the need for instant gratification, are numerous.  Let us start to count the ways:

Energy Infrastructure

  • The State of California is unable to generate enough in-state power and needs to import expensive power from neighboring states. The Governor is proud of California, through its dysfunctional energy policies, imports more electricity (32 percent) than any other state  from the Northwest and Southwest as the state in unable to produce enough in-state electricity.  How much more electricity is importable?
  • The Governor continues to support the closure of natural gas power plants and zero emission nuclear power plants that have been providing continuous and uninterruptible electricity to the grid. He has no plans to replace those shuttered power plants with intermittent electricity from wind and solar that are dependent on weather conditions to generate any electricity. Will any new natural gas or nuclear power plants ever be built in California?
  • With his Executive Order to ban new gas-powered cars by 2035, the Governor wants to add more electrical charging demands onto a dysfunctional energy program that has already shuttered one nuclear power plant and three natural gas power plants in recent years (total of 4 in recent years), and has five more to shutter in the cross hairs – the last nuclear plant at Diablo Canyon and four more natural gas power plants. Will subsidies be required for all EV’s?
  • California has achieved the dubious record of having the least reliable electrical power system in the nation. Between 2008 and 2017, California was the leading U.S. state for individual power outages with almost 4,297 blackouts in the ten-year period, more than 2.5 times as many as its closest rival, Texas. Power outages are now commonplace in California. Is a new grid required?
  • “Clean” electricity by 2035 faces two major hurdles: 1) the cost of trillions to turbocharge the clean energy economy so that it relies solely on “clean” electricity by 2035, and 2) resistance from NIMBY’s that are successfully halting those noisy and esthetically obnoxious wind farms from generating their intermittent electricity. How much land is required for intermittent electricity?
  1. On the other energy front, diminished imported oil from Alaska via tankers from Anchorage and decreasing oil production in-state, the Governor appears proud of the fact that California is the only state in contiguous America that relies on most of its oil demands from foreign countries halfway around the world.
  1. The Governor is supportive of creating a national security risk for all of America, as California’s dependency on foreign suppliers for California’s energy needs, as well as the West Coast military operations, has increased imported crude oil from foreign countries from 5 percent in 1992 to 58 percent today of total consumption.
  1. As a result of the Governor’s continuous efforts to decrease in-state oil production, the imported crude oil costs California more than $60 million dollars a day, yes, every day, being paid to oil-rich foreign countries.
  1. By encouraging oil demands be met from foreign countries halfway around the world, Newsom continues to support greater emissions generated by those foreign countries to meet the states’ energy demands, as they have significantly less stringent environmental regulations than California, if any. Is it ethical to “leak” emission generation to other countries?
  1. On Earth Day 2021, to gain personal press and another instant gratification act, Newsom ordered an end to fracking in California by 2024, and to work toward phasing out all in-state oil production by 2045, perpetuating continuous cost increases. Newsoms’ irresponsible fiscal actions will increase worldwide emissions and require California to increase its monthly imports resulting in expenditures approaching a whopping $90 million EVERY DAY for foreign countries to support the fifth largest economy in the world. Are the port infrastructures capable of receiving all its energy from foreign countries?

Road Taxes

  1. Incapable of acknowledging that California’s almost 400,000 miles of roadways are heavily dependent on road taxes from fuels that contribute more than $7 billion annually, the same tax base that also funds the environmental programs that will be diminishing in the decades ahead.
  1. The Governor is reluctant to advise EV buyers to be aware that the “tax equalizer”, the “VMT” is coming. The Vehicle Mileage Tax (VMT) that has been discussed for years sounds like a logical idea – requiring the users of the highways to pay the fees to maintain those highways. The VMT tax will be needed to replace the $7 billion annually from fuel sales that will be diminishing in the decades ahead.

When I started compiling the list of the mathematical shortcomings of California Governor Newsom, I was surprised by the length of the list which has made this Op Ed long enough.  More in “PART II – Governor Newsom’s mathematical shortcomings are his recall challenges” to be published next week.

To survive the recall election, the hypocritical Governor Newsom remains hopeful that the populace is as oblivious as he is to the financial damage he has made, and continues to make, to the State’s economy. Avoiding reality, he hopes their votes are swayed by his looks, charm, and all his instant gratification “victory lap” pandemic appearances.

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Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.


  1. Really??? says

    Of course the flippant remark, does he also have small feet? *L*

    VMT will be applied to internal combustion vehicles as well as e-cars. Double taxation without representation?

    Look the buses failed to get ridership.

    The rail system failed to get ridership.

    The people prefer to have the reliability and flexibility of auto use, and dense energy with long range.

    Where are the increased dam capacities we voted for taxes???? Why are farmers being denied a livelihood? Where is the low cost foods the working poor and middle class depend on?

    and the list goes on.

  2. David Z says

    Of course California can come back. Just lift all the regulations and the state will be beautiful again. But it’s not like Newsom is fighting the Legislature–he is more “moderate” than the supermajority. Change will only happen when the electorate is fed up. When the Latinos are educated enough to figure out what’s going on. Ironically, the illegals I talk to all loved Trump and understand this better than the ones who vote.

    California will turn into a Venezuela with the super rich subsidizing the poor who work in their households.

    Thus we may never have the middle class revolt we need even though they voted for the Democrats and continue to do so.

    But as to the Recall–that’s totally wrong. Newsom is right. There are more than enough Republicans to sign the Recall petition. There aren’t enough for him to lose. That’s why he’s not very concerned.

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