Earth Day Urgency

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By Larry Bishop

When will the Central Coast really get going on protecting our climate? Some folks are doing everything they can. Most of us, though, are either picking at climate solutions or pretty much ignoring this catastrophic and looming problem.

We are still burning fossil fuel like it is going out of style. With our mega pickups and SUVs, we are digging our children’s environmental graves. We heat and cool our houses with gas and eat tons of meat thus ensuring a desolate and desperate future for our descendants.

Politically, some of our local governments try to push climate healthy policies such as banning oil well drilling in the Oxnard plain, limiting dangerous oil extraction projects over the Santa Maria groundwater basin, and joining safe energy cooperatives in SLO and Moro Bay cities.

Overwhelmingly, the scientific community urges us to take much more dramatic and persistent action to avoid the worst effects of the growing climate crisis. Local and national solutions abound. We just choose to dither and scoff at these remedies. The Green New Deal stagnates in our Congress as we focus on our comfort and saving money.

Can we sacrifice our current comforts for our community’s future? Greta Thunberg, a Swedish teen climate activist, who initiated the school strike for climate, said it best in challenging our generation. "Our house is on fire", “I want you to panic”. “I want you to feel the fear I feel every day.”


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a-1556373871 Apr 27, 2019 07:04 AM
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Right on SBCATOWMN. You show common sense. Too bad that not everyone shows the same.

a-1556396738 Apr 27, 2019 01:25 PM
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And China now allows two kids per couple. They divorce and two more. The one registered child to both parents has ended.

a-1556396742 Apr 27, 2019 01:25 PM
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And China now allows two kids per couple. They divorce and two more. The one registered child to both parents has ended.

a-1556397639 Apr 27, 2019 01:40 PM
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And China now allows two kids per couple. They divorce and two more. The one registered child to both parents has ended.

a-1556399319 Apr 27, 2019 02:08 PM
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SBCATOMN. You obviously didn't get the memo. Being "good stewards" now is too little too late. We need to commit to some serious backtracking, stop the denial, enact punishing sentences for those who refuse to cut back on air and water pollution. Everyone must get on board with population control, ceasing use of fossil fuels, keeping plastic out of our oceans, cleaning up our oceans, protecting the rainforests, protecting our forests and rivers, stopping the use of pesticides, seriously cut back on meat consumption (not just beef and pork, ocean creatures as well) and so on. We ---- all of us on planet Earth, not just China, must pull together and stop killing our planet. Being "good stewards" isn't enough. We need to stop abusing our Earth and start giving back.

Shasta Guy Apr 27, 2019 09:24 AM
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I recently watched “Soylent Green” filmed in 1973. I love classic sci fi, with Blade Runner being one of my all time favorites. The story line of Soylent Green actually embodies all the apocalyptic doomsday Earth Day predictions so clearly summarized by the poster on 4/26 @ 9:25am. The movie was set in the future: 2021. Radical Eco Predictions are great material for science fiction movies.

a-1556396646 Apr 27, 2019 01:24 PM
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We were raised on that classic film and Paul Ehlich’s book. Great propaganda that got us to marry late, have only two children or none, and space generations. WHY? Do our government leaders could open our borders claiming not enough people to drive our economy. Admit people who will have 4-6 kids, bring in 300 relatives and grant them amnesty. The next BIG AMNESTY is December, 2020 after the election. Both political parties agree as does independent Howard Schultz. The more and more we attract for the economy to grow for the rich to get richer, and the government bigger and bigger. Wear a mask, breathe deeply.

macpuzl Apr 27, 2019 02:54 PM
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Like most of your positions on this subject, you've based it on fiction.

biguglystick Apr 27, 2019 09:55 AM
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The amount of climate denier comments in this thread is astounding, particularly when you consider that we are supposed to be in an area where people are more forward thinking and intelligent than most of the middle of the country. California is always a leader in environmental policy, and the comments here are mind boggling. If you don't think there's a problem you are severely out of touch. The biggest problem, though, is world overpopulation, and if we don't address that, we are all effed.

a-1556396230 Apr 27, 2019 01:17 PM
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HaHa! The stupid progressive feeling people live on the coast. You feeling “forward thinkers”. are no match for scientists armed with facts, tech ability, and problem solving skills; and you can’t influence or change culture or practices in China or India or any African nation. Que sera sera.

a-1556398419 Apr 27, 2019 01:53 PM
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BIGUGLYSTICK. Once again, you hit the nail on the head. Careful, though, telling people they shouldn't have children. Or telling them they need to use contraceptives. Worldwide distribution of contraceptives would help a little, if only education was there to shore it all up. But even if we all stopped having kids now, it's too late. Too late. 7.6 billion humans. What have we done to Mother Earth?

jqb Apr 27, 2019 04:47 PM
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@BIGUGLYSTICK

EdHat commenters are not typical of Santa Barbara. Climate science deniers congregate here.

macpuzl Apr 27, 2019 10:26 AM
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Deniers will continue to deny, happy in their willful ignorance.

a-1556386406 Apr 27, 2019 10:33 AM
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Ignorance IS bliss... I now know lots of things that I wish I didn't .

mp805 Apr 27, 2019 11:01 AM
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PANIC PANIC... we only have 12 more years!!!

a-1556414730 Apr 27, 2019 06:25 PM
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MP805, They said that we only had 12 years in 1970......

a-1556393698 Apr 27, 2019 12:34 PM
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Why are people so angry and upset with deniers? Why waste your time referring to deniers as idiots/stupid/etc. Sales 101: Never/ever/ever insult those who you are trying to sell. Only a stupid idiot would try to sell something by referring to their "customer" that way, so why do it?

macpuzl Apr 27, 2019 01:02 PM
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They're ignorant - not necessarily stupid, although willful ignorance is even worse than stupidity. Do you always contradict your own advice? What kind of behavior is that?

a-1556398180 Apr 27, 2019 01:49 PM
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8030, 12:34 PM. Is this a joke? You contradicted yourself completely by using "stupid idiot." You're being sarcastic, right?

a-1556395907 Apr 27, 2019 01:11 PM
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No need to panic. The only Earthbproblem we have is over-population. I propose we bus all 148,000 a month from the Southern Border to SB ‘Home of Earth Day’. We’ve plenty of deSal Water and wealth to feed and house all (except our vets and mentally ill). We’ve meatless green protein bars and bill to last until 5067. Think tanks have the year pegged. The change variable is whether we invite Russia or China to take us over in 2024.

a-1556402015 Apr 27, 2019 02:53 PM
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I have done some research into "climate change" and it seems to me like the rise in the global average temperature is just the next crest on the temp wave from the Medieval Warm Period.
It is not any warmer now, so all the fear mongering is based on projections. And it is not like they have been wrong on every other occasion now is it..
Another thing is on many graphs there is also a carbon line (you won't see that on any of Al Gore's). Carbon has pretty much been a constant for thousands of years while the temperature has risen and fallen, so the two do not seem to be correlated.

a-1556402722 Apr 27, 2019 03:05 PM
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I dismissed Global Warming back when I first heard of it, and long before they had to rename it Climate Change to cover anything that can happen with the weather. They have to keep pushing the lie though, so it's no surprise they just make stuff up to do that.

macpuzl Apr 27, 2019 03:16 PM
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As usual, you can see these sorts of falsehoods debunked on the NASA and SkepticalScience pages.

macpuzl Apr 27, 2019 03:19 PM
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Actually, it was the deniers who changed the label to "climate change" so they could claim "climate is always changing". Whatever you call it, anthropogenic global warming is real.

a-1556404854 Apr 27, 2019 03:40 PM
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Didn't NASA get caught cooking the books ?

a-1556405647 Apr 27, 2019 03:54 PM
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NASA cooking the books, something that was dreamed up by the deniers, was debunked long ago. You can read all about the FACTS here:
https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ =================and here======================== http://www.realclimate.org/ ================and here========================== http://www.skepticalscience.com/

NamasteYogi Apr 27, 2019 04:26 PM
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Let’s be honest the real problem is overpopulation. That being said, people that are really worried about climate and pollution, they need to start protesting outside of Gas Station’s that have those little creamers, outside of Costco and Trader Joe’s for packaging all their products and Styrofoam and plastic, and stop being environmentally concerned based upon their convenience. Because we all know when we go to the store and buy all those products and plastic, it is not right. That is, if you’re worried about climate change and don’t realize the main where the problem is overpopulation

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