"We all may soon have to get used to income-based electricity bills," a reporter for KGO San Francisco announced on air. He was referring to the Guilded State's three biggest utility companies' new proposal to add $85 per month to the electricity bills of those making more than $185,000 a year.
And he was wrong, of course, but we'll get to that in a minute.NEW EVIDENCE THAT BIDEN'S WAR ON FOSSIL FUELS WILL DESTROY COMMUNITIES
Now, if you live in California or you know anything about the place, you understand that $185,000 is not an extravagant income there. The cost of living is extreme — an unimpressive one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco can run north of $3,500, which is one reason the city is losing population so rapidly.
You might say that $85 per month is not an extravagant hardship, and that's fair. But that is a lot of money to add to an electricity bill in exchange for nothing when you're already paying such high rents.
The real question is this: why on Earth would a utility customer's income be relevant to his or her electricity bill?
Don't we bill people based on the amount of electricity they use, not based on whether they are bad people because they have the privilege that comes with economic success? Doesn't the economics of conservation depend upon billing people for the electricity they actually use, not for their high incomes?
The price of energy is itself the incentive to conserve. But perhaps that won't be the case anymore in California.
Fortunately, the KGO reporter was incorrect in his pronouncement. No one has to "get used to income-based electricity bills." People can just move out of California instead.CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM RESTORING AMERICA
It's much easier and cheaper than dealing with the bureaucracy, the poor governance, the crime, the homelessness, the high taxes, the lack of high-quality public services, and the ever-escalating cost of living that is being made progressively worse by proposals like this one.
The exodus from California has become one of the biggest trends in the nation — perhaps the biggest. Here's one more little reason to get on the bandwagon and find a reasonably priced place in Utah or Florida.