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Posted on August 26 at 6:22 p.m.

Botany,

You have free will as to what to do with yourself. Personally, I won't mind if you take an "out." You contribute nothing factually-based here and, as is common, hide your sneers behind anonymity.

William Smithers

On Energy Independence Means Freedom from Fossil Fuels

Posted on August 26 at 4:11 p.m.

Professor Foran:

In 2002 I, then a County Council member of the Green Party, and editor of its newsletter, wrote an extensive editorial: "Fiddling While Earth Burns."

I had been alerted to Climate Change through an earlier article by Bill McKibben in the New York Review of Books which elaborated on the Third Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

That editorial quoted former Vice President Al Gore: "The minimum that is scientifically necessary [to combat global warming] far exceeds the maximum that is politically feasible."

I also then quoted from the Third Assessment that, to save the planet from the fate we are presenting to future generations, we must cut back our production of carbon dioxide 60%-80%. Eleven years later, we know we have only steadily increased the global emissions of this product of fossil fuel consumption.

While I totally support the thrust of your article here, it appears tragically certain to me that Al Gore's prediction has been the accurate one. The "tipping point," beyond which there's no going back, has been, or soon will be, reached.

I'm glad I won't be alive to experience the full range of consequences that will fall on everyone living on the planet.

William Smithers

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On Energy Independence Means Freedom from Fossil Fuels

Posted on August 26 at 3:24 p.m.

Independent readers may find it helpful and informative to review a half-hour television interview with Chris Wrather and Bob Field, of the Los Alamos and Santa Ynez Valleys, discussing hydraulic fracturing or "fracking."

The interview includes video provided by The Ecologist.

http://sb-justbetweenus.com/Post/chri...

William Smithers

On Energy Independence Means Freedom from Fossil Fuels

Posted on August 24 at 7:22 p.m.

BeachFan:

Much of your contribution here seems to be “only a guess,” and some of what you've written appears to be a purposeful misrepresentation of information provided by Brian Trautwein in the interview referenced above that you say you've seen.

You imply a reason for alarm by asking “Who knows what's in [the landfill]?” Are you pretending that you didn't witness Trautwein saying that 7-9 years ago erosion exposed the fill at the western end of Goleta Beach and that it contained nothing harmful?

“Oh, let it all go!” we now hear, “My guess is the beach will disappear in ten years.” Are you pretending you didn't witness Trautwein reporting that scientists know we are about six years into the “calm” period of a sequence that flips to “harsh” erosion every 30 years?

You've obviously done no research, have no grasp of the natural forces at work that serious people are trying to deal with, and in addition inaccurately report in this forum information provided you.

I think an apology is in order, to which you can attach your real name.

William Smithers

On Goleta Beach Park Solution Takes Time

Posted on August 23 at 5:51 p.m.

italiansurg:

You say you have viewed the interview of Chris Wrather and Bob Field previously referred to and "...does not demonstrate that fracking is bad;...":

Therefore - are you concealing from the readers here that:

Industry trucks spilled into Truman Benet's Pennsylvania farm pond fracking fluid, which killed every living thing in it - fish, turtles, frogs – and left in the family's drinking water “high concentrations of lead”; they were told not to bathe in or drink from it?

The fracking fluid forced under great pressure into pipes and brought up again needing “safe” disposal contains, among other chemicals methanol, hydrochloric acid and ethylene glycol?

A congressional study of fracking fluids found 750 chemicals, 29 of which are known carcinogens or controlled by the EPA​?

Fracking in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale unearths radium 226 – that can kill you – as well as radon?

5,000 gallons of toxic fracking fluids - that must be disposed of “safely” - are used in each well, and that one spill of a tanker truck transporting these fluids into a river will render that river forever unusable?

Do you live in the Santa Ynez or Los Alamos Valleys where Santa Barbara County's Energy & Minerals Deputy Director Doug Anthony has said if these poisonous fluids migrate from the created cracks in the earth to the valley's wells, that population's only source of drinking, washing and irrigation water would be devastatingly contaminated?

Do you conceal from these readers your having heard from Bob Field that waiting until proof of such an irreversible event occurs is beyond irresponsible?

William Smithers

On What Is Offshore Fracking?

Posted on August 23 at 1:20 p.m.

The rapidly accelerating forces of climate change, i.e., rising sea levels, warming sea water, both resulting in increasing El Nino storms, higher tides and more vigorous wave action, are not really subservient to anyone's wish to park only ten steps from the beach at the western end of Goleta Beach Park.

The sewage and utility lines and structures near that end of the beach will not be protected from destruction unless they are moved landward.

The parking area at that end of the beach will be replaced by a beach area extending further landward. Period.

This plan accommodates future erosion of the lower beach area at the western end of Goleta Beach.

The buried rock revetment has to go; such arrangements are known in any case to shrink beaches.

Unfortunately, the immense forces at work on this planet don't respect a pretty hope for convenience.

William Smithers

On Goleta Beach Park Solution Takes Time

Posted on August 22 at 11:10 p.m.

If you would like to see a refutation of the false statements by "willy88" in Nos. 1 and 5 of his comment, please review the half-hour television interview with Chris Wrather and Bob Field previously recommended:

willy's personal attack on the motive and trustworthiness of Independent writer Matt Kettman for seeming not to agree with him simply reinforces the quality, or lack of it, of his other statements.

William Smithers

On What Is Offshore Fracking?

Posted on August 22 at 5:42 p.m.

The "groin," or pier previously recommended by Santa Barbara County Supervisors was rejected 9-1 by Coastal Commission members, whose approval MUST be obtained for any proposal to be activated.

Does "BeachFan" suggest that one vote of ten should carry the motion? Or that the Coastal Commission, that has responsibility for use-policy of the entire state's coastline, should be subservient to his and his family's perceived convenience?

Isn't it true that Commission members themselves suggested to the county the proposal now known as "Goleta Beach 2.0."

Isn't it true that, under 2.0, the sandy beach at the west end of Goleta Beach would be extended landward, creating about a one acre area?

Isn't it true that the current buried rock revetment was always meant to be temporary and that its legal authority to exist has expired?

Isn't it true that the county intends to implement parking in other areas of the park to help alleviate the lost spaces at the west end of the beach?

In my opinion, an assault on the standards and accomplishments of the Environmental Defense Center, that has helped preserve the Douglas Preserve, rid our parks of poisonous pesticide use and defend Goleta areas from excess development, among many other of its deeds, is misguided and even hysterical

In the half-hour interview of the EDC's Brian Trautwein, recommended above, he does of course give his opinion and cites scientific evidence in support, but if anyone suggests that other points of view are not presented to him in that interview, they misrepresent what is there to be plainly seen.

William Smithers.

On Goleta Beach Park Solution Takes Time

Posted on August 22 at 12:16 a.m.

Independent readers may find it helpful and informative to review a half-hour television interview with Chris Wrather and Bob Field, both of
Santa Barbara County, on the subject of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking."

Included is footage on the subject produced by The Ecologist.

http://sb-justbetweenus.com/Post/chri...

William Smithers

On What Is Offshore Fracking?

Posted on August 20 at 7:01 p.m.

Independent readers may find it helpful and informative to review a half-hour television interview with Brian Trautwein, of the Environmental Defense Center, discussing Goleta Beach 2.0.

The program includes extensive film of Goleta Beach and a thorough explanation of the significant features of the county proposal as well as description of previous attempts to deal with the erosion of this beach.

http://sb-justbetweenus.com/Post/bria...

William Smithers

On Goleta Beach Park Solution Takes Time

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