Comments by CharlesB

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Posted on October 8 at 6:03 p.m.

Residential development at the Mesa began decades ago. Are those homes on sewer or septic tanks?

On The Mystery of Arroyo Burro

Posted on July 13 at 6:45 p.m.

25% of USA daily oil use is roughly 5 million barrels of oil each day. How many acres of greenhouses will it take to produce that much algae oil?

According to, one acre of algae _might_ yield 5000 gallons of oil per year. That's about 120 barrels of oil per year, or a bit less than 1/3 barrel of oil per day. So, 5 million barrels of oil per day requires 15 million acres of algae. That's 23000 square miles, or a bit less than the area of the West Virginia.

At the current yield figure they give, 1850 gallons per year per acre, we're talking about 63,000 square miles, almost as much area as Wisconsin.

It's a good idea and worth pursuing, but no complete solution.

On Squeezing Algae for Oil

Posted on July 2 at 6:03 p.m.

PG&E with Prop 16, and now this.

Here's hoping for an oil spill - a _precision_ spill, you might say, nothing on the scale of the BP disaster, just a pipeline break in the right place to shut down a major freeway for a couple of days and get people's attention.

On Oil Companies Float Statewide Tax Initiative

Posted on June 16 at 9:19 p.m.

There's no way to get there using public transit. I wonder if that could be done next year? I know it would be difficult to get working

But the oil erupting into the Gulf of Mexico amount to the crude oil the USA uses _every 2-4 minutes_.

Please, people, it's time we stop with the cars everywhere all the time, already.

On Live Oak Music Festival

Posted on May 7 at 2:47 p.m.


Look, I've been involved in oil drilling and production my whole career. That the BP blowout occurred at all is baffling and has changed my mind about subsea blowout prevention equipment, something I was never quite comfortable about in the first place. That the BP disaster changed Arnie's political mind is hardly "waffling."

Never mind that. There's no geological or engineering similarity between the BP well and Tranq Ridge.

BP was drilling a wildcat well in the most risky possible environment, deep water, deep formation, untested formations, and high temperature and pressure, The Tranquillion Ridge reservoir is already being produced by one well (what, you didn't know that?) and the underground pressures are known and controllable.

But, there's no use yelling about this until the USA can start using less crude oil overall. The BP disaster could, it now seems, just as easily have happened offshore Brazil or Nigeria or wherever (there was a huge blowout in the East Timor Sea last year), and it would still, partly, be our problem.

On Governor Waffles on Oil Drilling Support

Posted on April 21 at 8:03 p.m.

A-hole drivers??? Well, sure, but try being a pedestrian. You not only have to deal with a-holes in cars, but also a-hole bicyclists who think they own sidewalk.

On No More Meanies

Posted on April 14 at 7:02 p.m.

You owe it to Santa Maria and Lompoc to build down south and reduce the sprawl and over growth pressure up north.

(not to mention the long distance commuting and the problems that entails)

On Bishop Ranch’s Possible Future

Posted on April 12 at 6:20 p.m.

Remember, you're talking about Santa Maria here.

"Santa Maria: Between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo and closer to Bakersfield.than either."

On Santa Maria to Use Homeland Security Database

Posted on April 12 at 6:10 p.m.

This sounds suspiciously like Swift's "A Modest Proposal".

”I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled .”

On Would Legal Organ Market Be Ethical?

Posted on April 2 at 6:49 p.m.

Let's see, where did sand to sustain that beach come from in the past, by which I mean the pre-development past? You don't suppose it came from erosion of all those hillsides now covered with houses, do you?

The ocean's going to do what it wants to do; trying to save Goleta Beach and Deveraux Slough from it in the long run is a waste.

But - still want to get that ol' money flowing to save the beach and the slough? Point out the risk to the airport instead. A lot of local businesses would go ape demanding something be done - at taxpayer expense, of course.

On Shaping Tomorrow's Goleta Beach

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