Slower Ships Mean Less Emissions

Thursday, April 18, 2013
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By reducing the speed of vessels traveling through the Santa Barbara Channel to 12 knots or less, the Santa Barbara City Council heard this week, 370,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions a year — and 6,760 tons of nitrogen oxides — are kept out of the atmosphere. This came to light during a briefing by the Air Pollution Control Board, which is currently working in conjunction with the shipping industry and the U.S. Coast Guard. The slower speeds also reduce the risk of whale strikes. Sweetening the pot for the industry — for which time is definitely big money — are cap-and-trade revenues available under the state’s climate change bill.


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Yeah, but what about all that slow traffic belching pollution into Montecito while sitting on the 101.....

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
April 19, 2013 at 7:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

JL, to address that problem local governments would have to allow the construction of more housing, but you know how popular that is, especially when homeowners who live on recently-converted agricultural land loudly complain about any attempts to convert agricultural land in their back yard and spout off about the need to protect our food growing areas. Hypocrisy at its best.

discoboy (anonymous profile)
April 19, 2013 at 12:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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