Two Virtual Climate Brainstorming Sessions

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Source: City of Santa Barbara

The City wants to partner with the community to reach carbon neutrality by 2035! It will host two virtual community brainstorming sessions to explore climate opportunities for Santa Barbara on Wednesday, March 3rd from 11am to 1pm and Sunday, March 7th from 1pm to 3pm. Registration is required and all are welcome to attend. The workshop will be simultaneously offered in both Spanish and English. 

To register for one or both of the Climate Brainstorming Sessions visit: https://sustainability.santabarbaraca.gov/together-to-zero/

As part of the Together to Zero climate campaign, these two virtual sessions will engage attendees in conversation around potential climate solutions. The ideas that come out of these workshops will directly inspire the City’s climate response on the City’s three largest greenhouse gas emission sources: transportation, energy, and waste. 

“Achieving Council’s carbon neutrality goal will require an all-hands-on-deck approach” shared Alelia Parenteau, the City’s Energy and Climate Manager, “and we believe that there is significant benefit in having the community participate in the development of our climate action strategies.”

Attending a climate brainstorming session is just one of the many ways the public can contribute to the conversation around carbon neutrality. For more Together to Zero community events and engagement opportunities visit:  https://sustainability.santabarbaraca.gov/together-to-zero/.

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Chip of SB Feb 28, 2021 10:13 PM
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It helps the wealth stay wealthy, and it helps the less wealthy feel better about having a reduced standard of living. It’s a win-win!

a-1614612209 Mar 01, 2021 07:23 AM
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Actually, much of China's emission are technically ours and Europe's as we buy all the stuff they make. And honestly, the US has put the largest amount of carbon emissions in the air over the last centuries. Don't you think we should lead rather than blame a developing country? Also, China has a goal of Carbon Neutrality by 2060. I hate that there are so many negative old people on edhat who don't care about the future of our climate and young people....

ChemicalSuperFreak Feb 28, 2021 11:03 PM
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It leaves DT San Diego at 5:55 am and LA at 9:11 am, so what's your point? Basic stated "north and south", so I was citing a perfectly valid example. With the already low ridership, do you expect Amtrak to burn diesel to run empty trains once an hour from each station??? But, but, what about the climate???

Channelfog Mar 01, 2021 03:06 AM
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Union Pacific owns the rails and they are a freight company that tolerates minimal passenger train interference. When there are problems, the freight gets priority while the passengers wait. The geography and geology, along with right of way issues preclude double track. Passenger rail works all over the world, efficient and on time, but for the a fore mentioned reasons it will NEVER happen in California. Sad.

dukemunson Mar 01, 2021 07:40 AM
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An actual commuter rail system makes too much sense!!! It would obviously have some challenges to overcome, but with a little creativity We could add another track and it would be invaluable!

ChillinGrillin Mar 01, 2021 10:08 AM
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CSF: My point is that most commuters come up from Ventura (duh) and would not get to work on time if they're working a normal schedule (duh)

Channelfog Mar 03, 2021 05:56 AM
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Duke: Commuter rail, though needed, cannot happen, just a pipe dream. Those are not just "challenges to overcome". This track would truly be "invaluable" as it would cost billions after dealing w/ UP, acquiring additional right of way, coastal commission approvals, and the massive geological obstacles involved with double track. I've always been a rail fan, so I'll just go load my pipe and dream.

Channelfog Mar 01, 2021 03:18 AM
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Doubtless, the climate manager lives in a passive solar, "tiny house" and walks or rides a bike, never getting in a vehicle. One thing that would help reduce CO2 is to stop building completely, or they could impose fascist restrictions on new housing such that only bicyclists are allowed to live there. Climate manager....this is all simply nuts!

ChillinGrillin Mar 01, 2021 11:33 AM
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Good example of a strawman argument. Oooo better not take steps to stop climate change, that will lead to fascism or maybe the boogeyman might even come out. Lol

Channelfog Mar 01, 2021 07:21 AM
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I honestly think that we would be better off relying on Native American Rain Dances and Prayers than a climate manager. It would cost less too.

yacht rocked Mar 01, 2021 07:38 AM
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I considered Climate Shaman, but it brought mental images of the face-painted horn-hatted MAGA insurrectionist, and interpreted as possibly insulting to indigenous locals. Better to seek good karma. :)

TJTom Mar 01, 2021 07:49 AM
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I would like the city to manage and maintain the city's existing infrastructure before they try to manage the rest of the world. They must also consider the secondary effects of any actions they take within their own little local bubble.

Rinconer Mar 01, 2021 09:00 AM
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Great job S.B.!
There are plenty of clean and renewable energy sources available, solar, wind, etc to utilize. Well past time to get out of dirty, non-renewable 19th century energy.

oops Mar 01, 2021 09:18 AM
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Great, we can look forward to suffering through what Texas did. This is just another way to have our tax money wasted so politicians "feel better".

ChillinGrillin Mar 01, 2021 10:04 AM
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Renewable energy makes up a small fraction of Texas energy. The idea that renewables failed and led to that disaster is yet another GOP fairytale made up to scare their voters at night. The grid was cut off from other states, unregulated, and not winterized to withstand prolonged cold conditions. Cancun Ted and the rest of the bumbling fools with all hat and no cattle tried to blame their incompetence on opponents when they have been in charge of Texas for decades. Pathetic.

sacjon Mar 01, 2021 11:57 AM
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OOPS - ALL energy sources in TX failed, starting first with oil and gas plants. Additionally, ERCOT gets less than 10% of its energy from renewables. So, how do these facts lead to the conclusion that renewable energy was the cause of the Texas power failures? I'd love to hear this explanation.....

bosco Mar 01, 2021 03:12 PM
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You might want to look that up. The biggest impact to the energy sources in Texas were the failure of many Natural Gas plants. "Almost 50% of power generated by Texas comes from natural gas, with the other half divided among coal, wind, nuclear and solar. Because of the cold, however, gas can't even make its way from the ground through the pipes".

https://www.cnet.com/news/texas-power-outages-why-blackouts-hit-as-temperatures-fell/#:~:text=%22As%20a%20result%2C%20it%20shows,not%20wind%20or%20solar%20energy.

mp805 Mar 01, 2021 09:22 AM
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Alelia Parenteau, the City’s Energy and Climate Manager was paid $162,792 in 2019 https://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/search/?q=Alelia%20A%20Parenteau.

fishnsurfn Mar 01, 2021 09:24 AM
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China will have a nuclear grid by 2060. We'll have to keep paying them for replacement wind turbines and solar panels for eternity. Our power will go out when there's cloud cover and its not windy.
Henny Penny, more commonly known in the United States as Chicken Little and sometimes as Chicken Licken, is a European folk tale with a moral in the form of a cumulative tale about a chicken who believes that the world is coming to an end. The phrase "The sky is falling!" features prominently in the story, and has passed into the English language as a common idiom indicating a hysterical or mistaken belief that disaster is imminent. Similar stories go back more than 25 centuries

PitMix Mar 01, 2021 02:42 PM
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Bill Gates is proposing the use of small modular nuclear reactors in conjunction with molten light metal energy storage. Those designs have not been tested, however. But if they can test them, and figure out what happens to the waste, maybe they are a good idea. I'm not a big fan of wind turbines and their associated bird carcasses.

a-1614641621 Mar 01, 2021 03:33 PM
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Just one of several simple measures to reduce the threat to birds:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/08/black-paint-on-wind-turbines-helps-prevent-bird-massacres/

PitMix Mar 02, 2021 07:04 AM
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They're only now figuring that out? And when are they going to replace those fast spinning blades on the turbines in Palm Springs, Tehachapi, and Livermore? Birds have no chance with them no matter what color they are. Gates says that you can't get to 100% carbon free emissions without 20% nuclear to provide the storage for the system.

bosco Mar 01, 2021 03:24 PM
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With SB's dependence on imported energy and the fragile delivery system, we're very prone for a disaster. I believe most of our power comes from over the Mountains through a single set of power lines (correct me if I'm wrong). If those lines get take down (via fire or other disaster) we're looking at a long blackout. Personally, I'd advocate for more decentralized power generation via solar/wind/wave and storage systems. Understandably, the cost may not be there yet, but that's how it should be in the future. Solar on every roof + small wind turbines where feasible, all feeding local neighborhood power storage systems or in-home single family units.

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