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Posted on May 22 at 9:50 p.m.
loonpt: "I'm against regulations - regulations that are written by oil companies and passed by politicians they have corrupted. I'm for holding companies responsible for restitution of all victims. That's called a free market. That is one reason why philosophical libertarians are against regulations, they end up benefiting the rich and powerful. Free markets regulate companies and hold them responsible. Government regulates small competitors out of the market and reduces innovation and safety."
But I think judges and lawyers will be bought and sold on the free market and justice will even be more favoring of the rich corps. There has to be a balance between regulation and individualism. I am in favor of more socialism due to our effects on one another, but government must be better managed...lots of stings on politicians and enforcers. Publicly financed elections are a must. Dreaming of Tomorrowland.
On Huge Oversight Gap on Refugio Pipeline
Posted on January 14 at 1:17 p.m.
"his party and policies got skunked by the vote of the people" JarJar i think it is more the vote of the financiers. People have given up on having a federal government that works for the people as much as the corporate oligarchy.
On Among Obama's expected vetoes, which is the most important?
Posted on January 14 at 1:09 p.m.
Goleta and Santa Barbara County need to find some space to build another Natural History Museum. The City of SB is just too NIMBY to expand these old properties without neighbors ranting. Maybe buy some property from one of the big ranches?
On Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Remodel Approved
Posted on December 23 at 1:22 p.m.
You gotta pay for my pension! Wall Street certainly isn't.
On Best way to greet a police officer?
Posted on December 23 at 12:53 p.m.
RHS and Spacey are nailing it. The sheriffs keep pulling over my black friends for the smallest reasons...but just wait when they set up roadblocks every day and start making everyone criminals without warrant. Cameras on cops will help. If only Wall Street was policed more...what is the deal with that? I would respect the cops so much more if they busted the big dollar white collar crime and left the victimless "crime" to rehab.
On Police Prejudiced Against 'Blacks and Browns'?
Posted on December 20 at 11:24 p.m.
Until Wall Street eliminates the "too big to fail" and gets regulated, all other politics mean nothing. Public financing of elections and more representation would be key, but that will not be allowed. The world is doomed anyway from several directions. Spew on.
On The Shunning of Helene Schneider
Posted on December 7 at 2:50 p.m.
Since water use and protection seems to be a big issue about fracking and other oil extraction techniques, how much water is being used, and where is it coming from, and where is it being disposed to? Are the trucks hauling oil or water or both and what is the impact to the community. Does the county get enough taxes from the oil companies to pay for water & regulation (and road upkeep & other costs) and for the using of underground resources that might be better kept for the future? Both the wastewater re-injection possible effects on future generations' drinking water tables and the current water extraction in our dry climate seem the most worrisome. Any good links to explain the quantities and how it is all controlled? I guess if the farmers and wineries do not have any problems with water use and quality, then maybe there are no worries?
On Fracking Fracas in Court
Posted on December 4 at 12:10 p.m.
Check out the great stories done by the NYTimes on fracking in North Dakota to get a feel on how wonderful the oil companies can be:http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/20...
Posted on October 27 at 9:36 p.m.
David Niles, I think there is nothing to worry about with eventually using recycled water at Elings Park. And I voted Yes on P, because injecting lots of good water mixed with who knows what down near the deep aquifers is the worst of all ideas for Santa Barbara County. Oil should only be used to make recyclable plastics, not burned for fun. Electrifying the roads and using fusion power by covering the high deserts with solar and storage is the only clean way to go. But of course, money runs our political system and oil is one of the biggest spenders, so I am not counting on civilization advancing too quickly.
On Waste Under Elings
Posted on September 23 at 1:29 a.m.
I do not trust the oil companies to keep their oil well bores free from cracking. And where are they going to get the millions of gallons of water to do the injection? And disposing of the wastewater down other boreholes!? Peak oil production has been reached as the number of new oil wells is not keeping up with world demand, so prices will continue to rise quickly.
Time to push on to a future of solar power, using the nuclear fusion of the sun, especially in our desert climate. Most transportation can be run on electrical power if we desire.
Time to bring the CO2 levels in the atmosphere back down (which was <300ppm previous to 1900, now 400ppm, definitely man-made 30% increase in only 100 years).
On No on P