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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.
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.
Posted on August 27 at 6:31 a.m.
In response to growing accusations from both conservationists and conservatives that renewable energy sources like solar and wind kill too many birds, U.S. News and World Report has compiled data on which energy industries are responsible for the most bird deaths every year.
For each power source — wind, solar, oil and gas, nuclear, and coal — the data on bird deaths is gathered from different advocacy and industry groups, academic institutions, and government sources. Because estimates vary so widely on solar, wind, and oil, U.S. News included both low-range and high-range estimates for how many birds are killed by those electricity sources.
Either way, the results show that even with high-range estimates for renewables compared to low-range estimates for fossil fuels, fossil fuels are responsible for far more bird fatalities than solar or wind. Note the chart below:
**** fossil fuels are responsible for far more bird fatalities than solar or wind ****
Solar Power Poses Lower Risk to Birds Than Cats or Cars--------------------------------------------------------------------------------http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08...
Posted on August 27 at 6:26 a.m.
Wow - look at all that geoengineering:
"A vacillating global heat sink at intermediate ocean depths is associated with different climate regimes of surface warming under anthropogenic forcing: The latter part of the 20th century saw rapid global warming as more heat stayed near the surface. In the 21st century, surface warming slowed as more heat moved into deeper oceans. In situ and reanalyzed data are used to trace the pathways of ocean heat uptake. In addition to the shallow La Niña–like patterns in the Pacific that were the previous focus, we found that the slowdown is mainly caused by heat transported to deeper layers in the Atlantic and the Southern oceans, initiated by a recurrent salinity anomaly in the subpolar North Atlantic. Cooling periods associated with the latter deeper heat-sequestration mechanism historically lasted 20 to 35 years."http://www.sciencemag.org/content/345...Salinity changes are effected by increased melt.
Is mankind now sinking aluminum and barium into the depths of the ocean to cool the planet? Wow, that is some engineering feat.
As for the current drought, the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge is the major cause of the drought, and the RRR is partly thanks to AGW.
But, hey, what does science matter, when all CT bumper sticker phrases are much easier and simpler to spout.
Posted on August 26 at 3:07 p.m.
realitycheck88 - but once the panel is constructed and in use, then emissions for that panel are zero. Gas emissions never stop.
Posted on August 24 at 2:17 a.m.
On Measure P Lawsuits Commence