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Posted on September 5 at 8:20 p.m.

The time has come to shake the cobwebs out and snap to- American government, at the highest levels, was responsible or at the very least 100% complicit in the events of 9 11. Not only that, but it was done for a very specific reason- to turn America into a country where the environment takes a back seat to greed. You know, jobs jobs jobs? Using stupid religious people at the polls and brain dead 17 year olds as a murderous occupying force, 9 11 was the answer to Paul Wolfowitz's 'another Pearl Harbor' in his plan for a right-wing America, called 'Project for a New American Century'. Look it up. And stop being brainwashed- those troops you support and worship as heroes are nothing more than a private army for the oil giants. If you must mourn 9 11, make it 9 11 1973. Look up the events we caused in Chile on that date. joey racano

On September 11th Memorial Service

Posted on July 24 at 1:51 p.m.

For the last 15 years, a small group of people who were smart enough to buy electric cars like the Toyota RAV 4 EV, have been charging them using solar panels on their home roof tops. That's right- no oil, gas, fumes, nothing, 15 years, no problems at all. The best EV (electric vehicle)was arguably the General Motors EV1, but it never really was sold, only leased, and when the leases expired, the cars were crushed. Meanwhile, 15 years later, GM is trying to hoodwink us into thinking the volt is anything other than a glorified oil burner like the rest. The Nissan Leaf is now being released, but in small numbers, despite the huge demand. Just think- all electric and all solar on all rooftops= no 4 trillion dollar wars, no gulf spill, no warming, no murcury. Ask your congressman- "Where are the electric cars?" EV1DOTorg

On Mercury Pollution Hurts Everywhere

Posted on June 6 at 6:32 p.m.

Leave these precious Oaks alone! For luxury housing? Shame!

joey racano, Folks for Oaks

On Last Oaks Standing

Posted on May 25 at 9:30 p.m.

The physical effects of the spill have not finished manifesting themselves, and the chain of life likely suffers in ways not yet completely understood. This event is sure to be a propaganda-fest with the oil companies and their loyal enviro-sellouts cheering rah rah rah even as we ignore the white mammoth in the room; rising sea levels, unprecedented storms, flooding on the Ohio and mississippi, trillions borrowed and spent on oil-related wars, species extinction, air pollution and asthma, and the Gulf spill that has been and the Gulf spills yet to come. With electric cars and solar power waiting in the wings, this nonsensical dog and pony show will hopefully be one of the last such 'panel discussions' we shall have to endure.

Joey Racano, Director
Ocean Outfall Group

On The Spill’s Broad Reach

Posted on April 14 at 1:04 a.m.

These solar projects belong on the rooftops of our homes and not on sensitive lands. Many of these same companies are doing business in Europe, where they have built photovoltaic solar panels on rooftops- it should be done the same way here

joey racano

On County Tweaks Code to Allow Solar Projects

Posted on December 23 at 8:58 a.m.

Gray water is hardly a blip as compared to agricultural runoff, in creating toxic algae blooms. Then, there's sewage discharge by municipalities, there's offshore drilling, rampant in Santa Barbara County. How about urban runoff from the BMW's of a trillion yuppies?

Of all the things to demonize, leave the nice gray water alone.We need to be reusing our gray water and rain too. Is anyone collecting in rainbarrels, or are we all going to whine about needing a desal plant? Hmph.

Venture surfrider supported new offshore drilling at Tranquillion Ridge. Go figure.

joey racano

On Gray Water's Dark Side

Posted on December 23 at 8:57 a.m.

Capps supported new offshore drilling at Tranquillion Ridge-

joey racano

On Capps Loses $13.8 Million in Earmarks

Posted on May 24 at 12:54 p.m.

Electrify the Debate!

This calamity may have only just begun. The geologic force that has been unleashed might have to gush until the pressure is relieved- that could mean an inch of oil the world over! Even if it were to stop in the next half hour, there is already the oil equivalent of a dozen Exxon Valdez spills out there.

In a vulgar display of power, BP has stopped scientists from accessing the gusher site, is refusing an EPA order to stop using COREXIT 9500, the toxic dispersant keeping the oil from reaching the surface where the world can see, photograph and measure the true extent of the damage being done to the Gulf of Mexico, and soon, Atlantic Ocean. They have even gone so far as to threaten a CBS news crew with arrest if they filmed a soiled beach.

As the Coast Guard, National Marine Mineral Service and the Obama administration lay prostrate before BP, major newspapers work to conceal, obscure, and spin the unfolding calamity.

The true cost of oil is war, asthma, environmental destruction, lost tourism and global climate change. No amount of money makes up for that. There is only one solution, and the oil companies fear it- Solar Panels on our rooftops and Electric Cars to drive.

1. Nickel-Metal Hydride is the only proven EV (Electric Vehicle) battery; after 100K or 200K miles NiMH can be remelted down into new batteries without new mining.

2. Instead of "research", we need to start making and improving plug-in cars right now, not waiting for the perfect that never comes. Lowering cost is the name of the game.

3. Solar power and plug-in cars is the only sustainable way to power individual autos.

4. Running an EV 1000 miles per month takes only 250 kilo-Watt-hours of electric, about $25 worth; about what two old refrigerators cost and about a third of the average home usage.

5. It would take only a tenth of the average home roof -- 6 square yards -- to make 250 kWh per month, enough electric energy to run a plug-in car 1000 miles per month.

6. Because solar power and plug-in cars would cut oil profits, Big Oil has used its financial power to strangle and delay use of these obviously simple and working alternative to oil and coal.

7. No matter how many nuke or coal plants we build, it won't replace one drop of oil unless there are plug-in cars to use the electric; but if we had plug-in cars, we wouldn't even need new power plants. The money not spent on oil pays for solar. We can make it happen. And we should.

If there were no alternative to oil-fired cars, the permanent lung damage caused by burning oil might be necessary; but there IS an alternative, solar and plug-in cars. There is no higher cost than killing your kids lungs -and the Earth- to enrich Big Oil.

Join Operation 'Sunburst'- Electrify the Debate!

Please help pass this information around.

Thank you,

joey racano

On Oil Here, Oil There

Posted on April 27 at 1:28 p.m.

The die off is probably from oxygen depletion, but the cause is certainly man made and it stems mainly from our use of the ocean as a cheap dumping ground for the detritus of society. The two causes of the oxygen depletion are municipal wastewater treatment plants dumping human fecal debris in the water, the second is agricultural runoff dumping fertilizer in the ocean. Both of these feed algae which cause red tides that use up the oxygen the fish need.

At this point in time, we should consider ourselves blessed that there are any fish left at all.

Joey Racano, Director
Ocean Outfall Group

On Temporary Oxygen Shortage Kills Harbor Fish

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