California spurred to change by Gulf oil spill; Californians, not so much

Fascinating duo of stories in today's papers. In the Los Angeles Times, news that the Governor and the California Legislature are moving into high gear on an ambitious renewable energy standard, supported (yes!) by major utilities. In the words of our Gov:

"One needs only to look to the Gulf of Mexico and the tragedy and what
happens when you just rely on oil," Schwarzenegger said at an
alternative fuel summit last week. "It is shameful how desperate and how
dependent we have become on fossil fuels."

In the Ventura County Star, a front-page story reveals that the huge disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has spurred approximately zero change in fuel consumption among Californians:

“People here seem to be pretty apathetic,” said Don Rodriguez, chairman
of the Environmental Science and Resource Management program at CSU
Channel Islands. “I think these kinds of catastrophes often times are
very short lived in people’s minds.”

Maybe California government deserves a little credit on this issue for far-sightedness?

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