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Posted on May 12 at 12:53 a.m.
Net metering = the current scheme developed by utilities that only requires them to credit a homeowner or small business for solar power by spinning back the electric meter. Since the meter cannot spin less than zero, excess power beyond what you use is taken free by the utility.
Most SFR's do not use enough to justify panels. Moreover, it fails to incentivize maximizing the size and placement of panels in optimal locations.
On Officials and Contractors Host Energy Retrofit Summit
Posted on May 12 at 12:44 a.m.
Lois Capps is not in the State Assembly. She is a Representative in Congress.
What of net metering that has blocked solar adoption across the state?
Since utlitities (SCE and PGE) are not required to purchase excess power from solar panels, it is not economical for the average SFR or small business to install solar panels.
But if utilities are required to purchase excess solar power at a competitive rate (as is required in other countries like Germany which now has the highest rate of solar adoption), most would happily install solar panels on our roofs. Solar would quickly pay for itself and reduce the need to build huge centralized solar farms in pristine desert areas.
Of course that would require addressing the utlities current monopoly.
Posted on May 11 at 9:34 p.m.
As someone who worked hard to preserve the Carp Bluffs, I don't think an oil project is what we intended to preserve it for.
I find it interesting Veneco's Rivas keeps trying to cast aspersions and intimate sneaky intentions of people who don't call Veneco to complain or who refuse to talk to her.
This is classic deflection and obfuscation.
There is no obligation whatever to communicate with Veneco or their hired guns. Given the stained performance of Big Oil around the world, it is no wonder there might be skepticism about what they say or what happens to the record of such calls.
We all have a right to communicate with our public officials who will document and investigate complaints and who actually have the authority to regulate Veneco's activities.
Further, public officials are accountable to the public they are sworn to serve. An oil company like Veneco is only accountable to it's owners. And, as the Gulf demonstrates so well (at congressional hearings today BP and Halliburton pointed fingers at everyone but themselves for their blow out), when something goes wrong, there is no accountability at all.
These oil companies, which gouged the global economy into a ditch, only care about one thing - short term profits; they care nothing about the long term quality of life or biological ecosystems they affect.
On Measure J: Paredon or Paradise?
Posted on May 10 at 9:51 p.m.
While some fight to get out of marriages, others, namely gays and lesbians, are fighting for the right to enter into marriages. It's a fascinating symmetry
I don't think there is any magic equation to a successful marriage.
My great grandparents, who entered into an arranged marriage, after having a large family were divorced in the late 1800's. My paternal grandparents were married for over 60 years until their passing while my maternal grandmother was twice divorced. My parents, on the other hand, have been married for over 50 years and counting. Go figure.
On Should Marriage Expire?
Posted on May 3 at 5:37 p.m.
What a fascinating bunch.
Gregory Gandrud, a man who opposes all taxes, wants to be Treasurer and Tax Collector? That is rich.
So what would be the grand implementation of Mr. Gandrud's philosophy, refuse to collect them?
But, oh yeah, he's a CPA. He makes a living off the tax code, you know, the one he wants to eliminate. So a man who rails against government spending is eager to grab himself a government paycheck. What a case study in contradiction.
Andy Caldwell always used to maintain his Democratic party registration and lord it over people just so he could goose Democrats with 'friendly fire'. Did he switch his registration or has he simply come clean and registered in the lobbyist party of pure self-interest?
On Wealthy Republican Women Gather
Posted on March 18 at 9:51 p.m.
They had better act fast.
After that Supreme Ct decision ruling that corporations have the rights of citizens, insurance companies will soon be running for congress.
On Running Dog Bites Dust
Posted on March 18 at 9:41 p.m.
Imagine for a moment, that pharmacies were prohibited from making a profit from selling all types of prescription drugs. And that their patients with prescriptions were required to manufacture their own medications.
Or that bars were prohibited from allowing their patrons from drinking on the premises.
Ridiculous premise, right?
Doesn't that provide some perspective to how extreme this fascination with medicinal marijuana has gotten.
On Stricter Interpretation
Posted on March 18 at 9:36 p.m.
I didn't think I'd ever see the day when the SB City Attorney would seriously propose being more like Los Angeles. Tragically ironic.
There were days when such comments would cause him to be run out of town on a rail.
I think some priorities need adjustment.
Why should we reorient our world to accommodate the imagined temptation of those living in residential recovery facilities?
I thought they, not we, needed to reorient themselves to live in our world. Isn't that the point of recovery?
Posted on February 19 at 9:50 p.m.
"...Maldonado won only eight Democrat votes..."
I hope this is just a typo and that Jerry isn't falling for the cynical Republican attempt to alter the vernacular of the Democratic Party. We don't call Republicans Republics, nor Repubs.
We refer to Democratic lawmakers as Democratic.
On Proxy War
Posted on January 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Rather callous and shocking.story during such troubled times.
I have no association with Coffee Bean, but I thought the donation of coffee during a time of community crisis was commendable.
Such donations are standard operating procedure for corporations and a common way of currying good PR. Not to mention it contributes to the well being of the community in which they operate and thrive.
To punish the employees for such good behavior is cynical. It simply isn't credible that much product was donated without proper permission. It didn't enrich them personally or financially; it only benefitted their company's image.
I think Coffee Bean now owes the people of Santa Barbara an explanation as to why they would have refused to pitch in during an emergency. Would they really have turned their backs? Start s'plaining
Sure doesn't pass the smell test.
On Trouble Brewing at Coffee Bean