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Hey You Kids, Get Off My Lawn!

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(Photo credit: PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/GettyImages)

(Photo credit: PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/GettyImages)

RAYDUNAWAY Ray Dunaway
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Hey you kids! Get off my lawn!

Or in this case, my beach. A multi- millionaire in northern California, Vinod Khosla, owns a 46 acre ocean front estate, located just south of San Francisco. Mr. Khosla is being sued by an environmental group, Surfrider, for violating the Golden State’s Coastal Act, which limits development along the shore. It seems that Khosla erected a fence and a locked gate, thereby blocking access to the beach, and the Surfriders contend the fence and the gate can be considered development. And so, Khosla is in violation of the law and should be fined 20 million dollars for violations dating back to 2010.

Khosla, by the way, claims to be an ardent environmentalist, as does Malibu’s Barbra Streisand, and like her, wants to keep the riff-raff away from the water. I mean, really!

Do we want a bunch of little people spoiling our view?

Perhaps I should let you know that Khosla earned his dough as a venture capitalist or, more correctly, a crony capitalist. Don’t know if there’s a connection, but Khosla is a major Obama donor, and somehow, was awarded millions and millions in taxpayer subsidies for “green” companies he created. Solyndra is dead! But Cronyism lives!

The non-profit Surfriders mission statement involves “the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network”, but I’m not sure if that would include you and me getting to roast hotdogs over a campfire on the beach.

I ask because environmental agencies in Southern California recently banned beach bonfires because of air quality concerns.

I’m left in the dark on this one. As soon we all may be.

Boston business Journal is reporting that the people running the power grid in the Northeast, namely ISO New England, are developing plans for rolling blackouts in the not-too-distant future. For a decade, the region has been phasing out “dirty” power plants in favor of “green” sources. And perhaps you’ve noticed that there are precious few windmills and solar plants around. And how likely will it be that a hydropower-providing dam will be built around here?

Maybe Vinod Khosla has a plan. But I doubt that.

ISO believes that it’s very possible that the grid will be unable to supply electricity on days with high demand, and so get ready for the lifestyle matching that of those lucky residents of Havana.

After all, they have “free” healthcare.

Michael Moore told me so.

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