Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Recognize Climate Emergency

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Santa Barbara environmental organization representatives, including Bob Perry (bottom center), gathered to discuss the climate emergency with the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors


Source: World Business Academy

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors approved a Declaration of a Climate Emergency introduced by County Supervisor Das Williams on December 10th, 2019.

The declaration followed a Washington Post article featuring Santa Barbara, which is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the country. In under two centuries, Santa Barbara County has warmed 4.1ºF.

Originally drafted by Emiliano Campobello and Robert (Bob) Perry of The Climate Mobilization Santa Barbara County Chapter (TCM-SBC), the resolution initiates the first step in understanding the severity of the climate crisis and its local impacts, as well as implements goals moving forward.

Bob Perry is the Director of Energy Research at the World Business Academy and has been a vocal advocate to move the County away from fossil fuels toward a 21st century electric grid for many years. Together with Emiliano Campobello and Grace Feldman of the Santa Barbara Standing Rock Coalition, Perry worked to establish the Santa Barbara County TCM Chapter in 2018. TCM-SBC members also come from Sunrise, 350SB, and many other local environmental organizations. Some are unaffiliated.

TCM originally began in 2014 with a mission to protect people and the environment from the climate crisis through policy advocacy and political work. To learn more about TCM, visit https://www.theclimatemobilization.org.

The County’s recognition implies immense urgency for individuals, businesses, and politicians to create change in our community. TCM goals include leaving behind fossil fuel infrastructure, increasing renewable energy resources, and meeting emission reduction goals.

In 1969, Santa Barbara became the birthplace to the modern environmental movement, giving way to many of the organizations that still exist today. The County has become a unique setting for environmental activism, and the many researchers, advocates, activists, and organizations are working together to create effective change and set the groundwork for other counties. While this declaration is a victory for the County, it is only the first step in actualizing mobilization.

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a-1578857900 Jan 12, 2020 11:38 AM
Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Recognize Climate Emergency

This past week:.....................GLACIER NATIONAL PARK — Glacier National Park is removing signs that state all glaciers will be melted by 2020. Park spokeswoman Gina Kurzmen explained that since the early 2000s scientists have reflected and analyzed data stating glaciers would recede by 2020...............

a-1578861780 Jan 12, 2020 12:43 PM
Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Recognize Climate Emergency

The eco-doomsdayer money machine is busted once again, and, of course, it's white supremacists to blame. Over and over the doomsdayers crank out misleading information, and when they are called on the carpet....it's YOU, the denier, the white supremacist, Trump, right-winger, and worse yet the "disagreer." The predictions are sooooooooo far off, that the only thing to do is to blame the "other guy" and name call. How predictable you name-calling folks have become, and you only have 11 years left to figure out how to cover up your misinformation. Stop degrading yourselves, and help the homeless, the hungry child, the struggling neighbor, and on and on.

macpuzl Jan 12, 2020 01:22 PM
Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Recognize Climate Emergency

Most climate science deniers are diehard conservatives. Conservatives are predisposed to be xenophobic, more religious, more repressive of minority rights, with little concern for fairness or equity, and to hold a pessimistic view of human nature. They are much less open to new experiences of any type, and are much more prone to authoritarianism and to group think. This is the opposite of scientific thought. Staunch conservatives are the least capable of thinking critically and rationally about anything that comes into conflict with their ideology. Conservatives correctly recognize that if anthropogenic global warming is true, then governments need to play a leading role in dealing with the issues. Major governments of the world will have to collaborate to solve the problem. That is totally anathema to the "greed is good" free market capitalist belief system. Therefore, anthropogenic global warming cannot be true in their view, and is rationalized as a hoax, despite the overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary.

a-1578864934 Jan 12, 2020 01:35 PM
Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Recognize Climate Emergency

Wrong prediction after wrong prediction = more wrong predictions brought to you by those who made the prediction that the world was going to start freezing. "Oh, it's going to freeze, no, it's going to burn up, no, it's "changing".....isn't it?" Eyes rolled up and shaking head. The scare tactics = 4 more years of your fav prez.

macpuzl Jan 12, 2020 02:25 PM
Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Recognize Climate Emergency

Yes, to quote the article directly:
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Now, for the first time, a group of scientists — Zeke Hausfather of UC Berkeley, Henri Drake and Tristan Abbott of MIT, and Gavin Schmidt of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies — has done a systematic review of climate models, dating back to the late 1970s. Published in Geophysical Research Letters, it tests model performance against a simple metric: how well they predicted global mean surface temperature (GMST) through 2017, when the latest observational data is available.
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Long story short: “We find that climate models published over the past five decades were generally quite accurate in predicting global warming in the years after publication.”
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This is contrary to deniers, who claim that models overestimate warming, and contrary to the bizarre op-ed the New York Times ran in November, which claimed that scientists underestimate warming. As it happens, models have roughly hit the mark all along. It’s just, nobody listened.
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The good news, as the authors say, is that this result “increases our confidence that models are accurately projecting global warming.” As uncertain as we may be about our future emissions (more on that later), we have a pretty good handle on how the planet is going to respond to them.
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The bad news is that the projections from those models are unrelentingly grim, so accuracy isn’t very reassuring.

Alexblue Jan 12, 2020 08:23 PM
Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Recognize Climate Emergency

What universe do you live in? Read the entire article that the previous liar pulled a few sentences from. You're a dinosaur.

And, yeah, for some bizarre reason, the Daily Caller is firmly on the side of climate science denial. Why or why could that be?

a-1578861185 Jan 12, 2020 12:33 PM
Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Recognize Climate Emergency

Imagine if Noah got so mad at the government that he instead refused to act upon his belief. There's no sense waiting for "officials" to stamp things as proven. Instead, just act upon your beliefs. All the dog and pony show is good for is re-elections via the emotional tug. So do this: Use less. Produce less. Drive less. Repurpose and reuse what you can. There's a bigger reality that all the do Gooding ignores and it's affording the world populations a way out of poverty. More people accessing more goods will eat more, burn more and use more and will do so with the simplest of means. They're not waiting around for windmills and solar panels. They are destroying forests and burning wood for fuel. They are using rivers as sewage canals. Humans Are the Problem and all the self-serving group think does nothing to address this larger reality.

a-1578862058 Jan 12, 2020 12:47 PM
Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Recognize Climate Emergency

I predict many many more people and businesses will be fleeing this state. This "climate emergency" means only one thing - more restrictive building regulations, taxes and the like making it unlivable. And that prediction is 300% more accurate than any climate prediction we've heard since the 1970s to now.

Red Creek Jan 12, 2020 02:55 PM
Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Recognize Climate Emergency

Nice to see people concerned about the planet. Now to transmit this energy into electing responsible politicians who will change the incentives away from petroleum use to clean sustainable energy, transportation and environmental renewal (planing trees, cleaning up toxic waste and water, protecting existing habitat for the little wildlife we have left). Change gotta start somewhere, and its sure hasn't yet.

Chip of SB Jan 13, 2020 09:14 AM
Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Recognize Climate Emergency

What "clean" and "sustainable" alternatives do you have in mind? I think that we should really give a lot more consideration to the environmental impacts of alternatives to petroleum. If we become so obsessed with CO2 that we ignore other environmental perils, we could do more harm than good. For example, Cobalt is required for the manufacture of the batteries used in electric cars and many other electronic devices. The majority of it is produced in the Congo. Here is a WaPo article about the environmental and human consequences of mining cobalt in the Congo. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-sight/wp/2018/02/28/the-cost-of-cobalt/ The environmental consequences include contamination of soil and waterways with uranium. Child labor is also prevalent in the Congo, and scores of children have been killed mining the cobalt used to make the batteries for our EVs and handheld electronics. Here is an article about a lawsuit filed by the families of Congolese children who have been killed in the mines. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-50812616 The defendants include Apple, Tesla, Google, and Microsoft. Finally, please keep in mind this in only one of many materials required to manufacture batteries. Another key component is Lithium, which is predominantly mined in China. I think it is important to consider all the environmental impacts of alternatives in order to make a fair comparison to oil and gas produced in the USA in compliance with our environmental and labor regulations.

sea dog Jan 13, 2020 01:23 PM
Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Recognize Climate Emergency

Much of the past weather data has been 'weighted'. Did you hear what the guy that started the Weather channel said about climate change ? - He called it a profit driven scam. Even AOC's manager admitted the 'Green New Deal' was just about money and was never about climate change !

macpuzl Jan 13, 2020 05:38 PM
Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Recognize Climate Emergency

You should figure out the difference between weather and climate. We are not entering anything close to a grand solar minimum. In fact, we are exiting a minimum that bottomed out last year. Check spaceweather.com for thr sunspot numbers, which track activity.
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And, at any rate, the sun's cycle has a minimal effect on climate: https://skepticalscience.com/solar-activity-sunspots-global-warming.htm

a-1578937458 Jan 13, 2020 09:44 AM
Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Recognize Climate Emergency

The group photo is telling just how serious they are: wasting paper that has been dyed red and empty words printed using ink made from carbon black, varnish, dye, and other pollutants....all with their big smiles. They certainly talk the talk.

Chip of SB Jan 13, 2020 10:12 AM
Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Recognize Climate Emergency

The article they referenced was brought up on another thread awhile back. I analyzed the Santa Barbara temperature station data and found the daily high temperatures are slightly warmer now than they were in the late 19th century. However, the daily high temperatures now are also lower than they were in the 1930s. In addition, daily highs have been in a pronounced downward trend at the SB station for the last few years.

SantaBarbaraObserver Jan 13, 2020 10:30 AM
Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Recognize Climate Emergency

Personally I get my news from Charlatans, well documented liars and corporate and political shills. Forget solid journalism and proven facts. I am only interested in opinions and PR talking points given to me by talk show hosts, internet memes and short articles on random websites...

SantaBarbaraObserver Jan 13, 2020 10:15 AM
Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Recognize Climate Emergency

Please stop pandering to morons and ignoramuses. They make up a sizable percentage of the population at large and are an even larger percentage of the online commentator population. These days the avg American ignoramus sits on their butt all day listening to talk radio and scrolling through their Facebook feed finding all the info they need to reinforce their own chosen silo. They seldom read past a headline and scoff at experts and intellectuals. As morons, these people are far more likely to be coerced into being shills for industries and be suckered into fringe beliefs. Remember, they are morons foremost, so they are easy to manipulate and control. These people fall for simpleton straw man arguments, insipid memes and cling extra hard to their beliefs, regardless of the facts. Its both sad and funny how this all works... Sad that these people are so easily manipulated, and funny how they all fall inline with the same lies and propaganda. Save yourself the trouble and dont try to talk sense with them. Let society march past them as it has for eons...

a-1578940240 Jan 13, 2020 10:30 AM
Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Recognize Climate Emergency

The County of SB already has a climate action plan. This is just a propaganda tool. Climate Change is big business. If you click on the links In the article, these groups are far far far left liberal progressives pushing a radical expensive unrealistic agenda. I am a staunch long time Democrat considering changing to No Party preference due to these wackos in government. We have an dangerous unhinged liar running this country and this has caused Democrats to lose their minds and become irrational. We need a clean sweep of government. A new beginning with people who can actually work together to solve some of these issues we face. How does the county prioritize “ emergencies” ? Some would say hunger, disease, violence, sex crimes, jail overcrowding etc. failing infrastructure and drug use are emergencies. Three more shootings in Lompoc this week. I’d say that part of the county is in a crisis. Funny Das is right there in the midst of this declaration. Cannabis uses a huge amount of water, they may not use as many pesticides but they sure like to use rat poison , dump their waste, reroute surface water, excessively grade natural areas, install reflective hoop houses that interrupt wildlife foraging and grazing. They install large noisy generators, to keep their fans and lights on all night ( which also disturbs wildlife), large truck traffic constantly coming and going through narrow rural areas. And thanks to Das Williams , Camp 4 is now in trust. Which throws ALL environmental protection and local control over that land out the window. So when it becomes “housing“ and other “economic ventures” such as a destination resort, with a golf course, water park, concert venue and strip malls with thousands more cars going into the valley, add that to the casino Traffic (which is estimated to be 10,000+ Cars Per day) Das Williams follows the money. Aren’t we all tired of career politicians making decisions for our local area based on the almighty dollar in their pocket?

Shasta Guy Jan 13, 2020 12:29 PM
Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Recognize Climate Emergency

Beware of the government-climate change industrial complex. Our local government has much more pressing issues than this such has fecal contamination of our surface waters from unchecked #2s from the proliferating homeless encampments.

a-1579001331 Jan 14, 2020 03:28 AM
Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Recognize Climate Emergency

Yes MACPUZL including your own conspiracies. People can believe in climate change and at the same time be rational about it without being called “deniers” You would have to be ignorant to think human activity is not affecting the earth in some detrimental ways. But you are an idiot if you think we are all going to die in 20 years from fossil fuel emissions. Or that our oceans will rise so much that Santa Barbara will be underwater. That’s more of an east coast problem. Wasnt SB already that way prior to us arriving? Perhaps nature is simply trying to right itself? Earth began as a Hot planet with a single land mass which has shifted apart and become the continents we know today., ice ages cooled it and blanketed the poles with ice. now it’s warming up again. Species will die off as the world sees change, they always have. We will adapt to the changing world or we will die off too. One of your links had info about plant life found under melting glaciers indicating plants were there 400,000-800,000 years ago. Perfectly preserved plants with root systems under polar ice. This leads me to believe they were there before the ice. and perhaps they will be back. The point is, there are many complex issues which boil down to too many people, too much land covered in hardscape and depletion of natural resources. I’m curious what contribution do you make to combat climate change? Other than come on here and complain about Union Haters and Climate Denires what are you doing to better this world? How many kids do you have which will be future climate changers and resource suckers?

macpuzl Jan 14, 2020 06:30 AM
Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Recognize Climate Emergency

No Zeny, because denying AGW requires ignoring a huge mountain of facts and the laws of physics, in addition to the paranoid aspects of concocting a conspiracy about such willful ignorance. On the other hand, the fostering of the denier crowd by dark money from big carbon is well documented.
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https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Portal:Climate_Change
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You'll also notice that the denier posts just bloviate, and cite no data. Good luck for any species "adapting" when we are changing the climate at a faster rate than at any time in the past but for one or two instances of mass extinctions. How many children are you bequeathing a miserable existence?

a-1579027158 Jan 14, 2020 10:39 AM
Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Recognize Climate Emergency

Zero kids Mac. That’s our contribution toward a better future for today’s youth. We decided long ago this world was not the same as it was when we were young in the 70s & 80s. It’s a scary world out there politically, environmentally and socially. Some social and environmental issues are greatly improved, but many are not. Too many people bring children into this world who do not have the means, time, wisdom or maturity to do so. We cut our carbon footprint in half with this decision. Our house is solar powered with battery backup. We vote for social and environmental policies, until they become irrational. The earth is in trouble and changing. But it will never be fixed and we can’t go back. So we do the best we can to survive in this ever changing world. . These useless declarations by local governments do nothing. If Greta would have taken all those protesters and planted trees around the world, now that would be useful. But Kids protesting in the streets with signs skipping school does nothing to actually help the planet, just as these ridiculous resolutions from local government.

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