TX soaring way above CA in energy production

May 6, 2013

By John Seiler

The California fantasy is that energy magically will flow in abundance from windmills and solar panels, even when there’s no wind and at night.

The reality is that it’s old-fashioned “fossil” fuels that will continue to generate almost all our power for the next century. New discoveries in America and around the world are bringing online an abundance of new oil and natural gas supplies.

When they can, other American states are taking advantage of that, enjoying massive growth in jobs and tax receipts. North Dakota has been in the news because of its lucrative Bakken Formation.

But the Wall Street Journal notes today that Texas quietly has doubled energy production since 2005, maintaining its position as the top state oil producer. Meanwhile, California has stagnated, dropping to third place behind Texas, North Dakota and Alaska. Here’s a great chart:

Texas and California oil production

Wall Street writes:

More than 400,000 Texans are employed by the oil and gas industry (almost 10 times more than in California) and Mr. Smitherman says the average salary is $100,000 a year. The industry generates about $80 billion a year in economic activity, which exceeds the annual output of all goods and services in 13 individual states.”

And remember that living is a lot cheaper in Texas, and there’s no state income tax. Does California have better weather? Only along the coastal areas. But the new job growth, assuming our state ever gets its act together and starts drilling, would be in the inland areas that have crummy weather — and currently unemployment rates in some areas above 30 percent.

“More than 400,000 Texans are employed by the oil and gas industry (almost 10 times more than in California) and Mr. Smitherman says the average salary is $100,000 a year. The industry generates about $80 billion a year in economic activity, which exceeds the annual output of all goods and services in 13 individual states….

“A large part of the explanation for the Texas boom and the California bust is the political culture. Despite their cars, California voters have elected politicians who consider fossil fuels to be “dirty energy.'”

Right now, California state revenues unexpectedly are surging. But that won’t last once the Legislature gets to splurging.

Eventually, the California Teachers Association and other public-worker unions will give the marching orders: “We don’t care about the environment. We need the tax money for our pensions. Drill! Drill! Drill!”

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  1. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 6 May, 2013, 11:01

    “Eventually, the California Teachers Association and other public-worker unions will give the marching orders”…………

    I can’t wait to see the “DRILL DRILL DRILL” bumper stickers next to the “COEXIST” and “VISUALIZE WHIRLED PEAS”

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  2. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 6 May, 2013, 11:37

    “The California fantasy is that energy magically will flow in abundance from windmills and solar panels, even when there’s no wind and at night.”

    We can solve this whole energy mess with a simple, cheap and potentially abundant energy source – PROPELLER BEANIES! I would personally love to see every politician made to wear one at all times.

    “Eventually, the California Teachers Association and other public-worker unions will give the marching orders: ‘We don’t care about the environment. We need the tax money for our pensions. Drill! Drill! Drill!’ ”

    Don’t be so sure about that John. These are the same people who already reduce their own pension returns with “social justice” style investment management. I think they are much more likely to just put the screws to taxpayers and make us foot the bill no matter how high it gets. The ProgNazi parasites will get their pound of flesh from every Crazyfornia taxpayer come hell or high water. The only real solution is to move to another state. Otherwise, be prepared to be fiscally sodomized.

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  3. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 6 May, 2013, 11:44

    Whiners you will drive Fiats in two years….your beer budget still intact!

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  4. larry 62
    larry 62 6 May, 2013, 12:12

    All the oil in California will one day make Mexico rich, if you catch my drift.

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  5. dltravers
    dltravers 6 May, 2013, 17:51

    I know for a fact that the oil industry wants to develop California’s oil reserves which are quite vast. They know what they face politically.

    The SUV driving political liberal types who hate oil and love imported coal fired energy from Arizona and Texas will fight to the death to keep it from happening.

    I might get solar panels for the house someday, if the return is there. That’s what they want. Energy so expensive that they can choke and control our behavior.

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