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Posted on August 30 at 11:17 a.m.

Responsible stewards for the last 100 years? Why was GOO formed? They have certainly helped, along with other bodies, in ensuring better responsibility.

On Unintended Consequences

Posted on August 30 at 11:12 a.m.

nativegeo - again, again, and again. Those lost 4,000 jobs had nothing to do with Measure P, and yet you continue to post it on Measure P threads.

1000 - were agricultural jobs lost at the end of the growing season, and will be there again next year.

2800 - came from government, no doubt thanks to sequestration.

Btw, the US economy grew at 4.2% in the last quarter. Also, Santa Barbara county has one of the lowest unemployment rates in CA.

If you want to argue against Measure P, please use valid arguments, otherwise readers will just skip your comments.

On Unintended Consequences

Posted on August 30 at 5:30 a.m.

This is THE major economic, job-affecting, food-supply-affecting problem in California right now.

On Unintended Consequences

Posted on August 30 at 4:58 a.m.

Credibility would be enhanced if, instead of railing against Measure P, the concerns that caused Measure P to be written in the first place, would be addressed. If oil companies would indicate how they would be responsible stewards of water in a drought-inflicted state, then the proponents of Measure P would have no issue. Measure P exists because of past egregious and irresponsible behavior by oil companies.

On Unintended Consequences

Posted on August 29 at 1:48 p.m.

Good letter. Thankfully, Goleta has just received funding toward more Pedestrian and Cyclist safety.

I take my hat off to all those who cycle, walk, or exercise in any way, such as surfing etc. They reduce healthcare costs, and the overuse of medical facilities. They are probably more efficient at work and take few sick days.

I do not understand the small-mindedness of those who support cars only. Cars contribute to obesity. Every country that I have visited, allows cycling. A small number of the US population have small planes, but there are no plans to limit their ability to use them, despite the fact that they have more accidents than larger planes.

On The Bicycle Alternative

Posted on August 28 at 1:07 p.m.

Zionist - there will be no loss of current jobs. None.

You also seem to have overlooked the economic illiteracy of the last administration which was losing 700,000 jobs a month at the end of its term, giving rise to the Great Recession the likes of which was not seen since the Great Depression. Cutting taxes in a time of war, letting Wall Street run amok, spending money "like drunken sailors". Lest you forgot.

And the economic illiteracy of those who shipped jobs overseas, chiefly by the 2008 opposition's candidate, who also wanted to bankrupt the auto industry - which entailed thousands of jobs not including the support industries to the auto industry.

Perspective. Take the blinkers off, and the turn the hysteria down.

On 'No on P' Far Outraising Opponents

Posted on August 28 at 11:18 a.m.

"Thanks to Peck and now Friends of the Earth". Indeed.

On Reflections in a Dog's Eye

Posted on August 28 at 11 a.m.

"The county lost 4000 good paying jobs last month alone. Our economy is slowing down for sure."

As you well know, NONE were from the oil industry. Most were govt jobs unrelated to oil, and 1,000 were farm workers at the end of the growing season and those part-time jobs will be back again next year.

The oil industry employs less than 1000 people.

But any lie, to deceive.

On 'No on P' Far Outraising Opponents

Posted on August 27 at 6:43 a.m.

Solar energy has long been touted as better for the environment than fossil fuels.

Increasingly, however, there are fears that making solar cells might release more hazardous pollution than fossil fuels would.

To ease those concerns, scientists studied the matter closely and now conclude that manufacturing solar cells produces far fewer air pollutants than conventional fossil-fuel-burning power plants.

The researchers gathered air pollution emissions data from 13 manufacturers of four major commercial types of solar cells in Europe and the United States from 2004 to 2006.

Making solar or photovoltaic cells requires potentially toxic heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium. It even produces greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, that contribute to globalwarming. Still, the researchers found that if people switched from conventional fossil fuel-burning power plants to solar cells, air pollution would be cut by roughly 90 percent.

This is 2004 to 2006. Solar panel manufacture has been cleaned up since then (probably not in China).

On Desal Go Solar

Posted on August 27 at 6:33 a.m.

Solar Panel Degradation Rates

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) performed a meta-analysis of studies that examined the long term degradation rates of various PV panels. They found that the 1% per year rule was somewhat pessimistic for panels made prior to the year 2000, and today’s panels, with better technology and improved manufacturing techniques, have even more stamina than their predecessors. For monocrystalline silicon, the most commonly used panel for commercial and residential PV, the degradation rate is less than 0.5% for panels made before 2000, and less than 0.4% for panels made after 2000. That means that a panel manufactured today should produce 92% of its original power after 20 years, quite a bit higher than the 80% estimated by the 1% rule.

On Desal Go Solar

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