Since 2003, California has promulgated laws and regulations to become more energy independent, yet the Golden State has today become immensely more "dependent." Consider that from 2000 to 2018, California’s imported oil has increased by 105%, growing from 177 million barrels to 364 million barrels annually. By comparison, California imported only 5% of its oil in 1985 and produced the rest in-state. Common sense is missing from our well-intentioned laws. Our new "dependence" cost California $32 billion in oil alone in 2018. If we really care about jobs and the environment, it makes more sense to do more domestically.
Jesús Arredondo is the principal and founder of Advantage Government Consulting LLC (Advantage Consulting), a firm he founded in 2004. Arredondo has over 20 years of experience in media and government relations, including concentrated experience in all aspects of the construction and permitting of energy infrastructure, as well as concentrated experience in agriculture, water policy and U.S/Mexico relations.