Opinion: Feds Push Oil

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By Larry Bishop of Buellton

Federal lands in Santa Barbara County are soon up for lease to oil companies for dangerous drilling and extraction processes. As our County strives to reduce the water, land, and air impacts of extreme oil drilling in County controlled areas, the Feds rush to push drilling on our Federal lands.

Federal agencies are greasing the regulatory skids to cram big new oil development down our throats. Soon the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will approve hastily prepared EIS (Environmental Impact Statements), allowing oil drilling and fracking above Nojoqui Falls, Drum Canyon, Los Padres National Forest, and the Lake Cachuma headwaters leading to our drinking water aquifers!

A U.S. Geological Survey report, published in September’s “Environmental Geosciences”, confirms the polluting impacts on Central Coast groundwater aquifers from cyclic steam injection, waste water injection, and other high intensity oil extraction processes.  

Elections are coming. Ask your local and Federal elected leaders how they’ll stop this impending rape of our water, land, air, and climate.

Our kids strive to protect our climate by urging us to slash fossil fuel use. What do we tell them in 20 years as they struggle to cope with a burning planet?


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Factotum Oct 09, 2019 09:26 AM
Opinion: Feds Push Oil

Instead of indulging in this standard hysteria and unfounded hyperbole, encourage our younger generation to engage in dedicated research that will develop nuclear energy safety and expanded battery capacity. Nonsense scoldings are going no where and not sure why you are even wasting your words.

Sam The Dog Oct 09, 2019 02:33 PM
Opinion: Feds Push Oil

Believe it or not we actually do have safe nuclear power technology. See Thorium nuclear reactors. Unfortunately, environmentalists will reject all things nuclear without understanding the difference and miss a huge opportunity.

PitMix Oct 09, 2019 04:06 PM
Opinion: Feds Push Oil

From Forbes Magazine, that bastion of leftist thought: "One of the biggest challenges in developing a thorium reactor is finding a way to fabricate the fuel economically. Making thorium dioxide is expensive, in part because its melting point is the highest of all oxides, at 3,300° C. The options for generating the barrage of neutrons needed to kick-start the reaction regularly come down to uranium or plutonium, bringing at least part of the problem full circle...... There are currently no operating thorium reactors..... Waste radioactive for 500 years..... " Yeah, this is the solutions to all of our problems......

oops Oct 09, 2019 09:38 AM
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What's it matter, we only have 11 years & 6 months to live. "impending rape of our water, land, air, and climate"....maybe go outside and scream really loud.

LCP112233 Oct 09, 2019 09:44 AM
Opinion: Feds Push Oil

We need to be energy independent. By all means possible....wind....solar....hydro....and even, yes, oil production.

oceandrew Oct 09, 2019 06:06 PM
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We ARE energy independent, for now, and what has it got us? We're still kowtowing to Saudi princelings and doing their bidding. Energy independence is a myth... gas prices still went up $1/gal. this past month in spite of no changes in production or availability to US markets.

a-1570687758 Oct 09, 2019 11:09 PM
Opinion: Feds Push Oil

How are we “doing the Saudis’ bidding” other than protecting oil markets which directly benefits us? After Iran bombed them did we attack Iran or show restraint?

macpuzl Oct 09, 2019 10:53 AM
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Fossil carbon for fuel is a toxic failed technology of the ignorant past.

Shasta Guy Oct 09, 2019 01:07 PM
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Coal displaced wood for steam production enabling the industrial revolution and train transportation thus preventing deforestation. The first petroleum discovery led to kerosene displacing whale oil for lamps before electricity thus stopping the wholesale slaughter of whales for interior lighting. Refined petroleum products then led the way to transportation innovation resulting in modern air travel. Let me know when you book your flight on an electric or wood fired jet. We need lots of types of energy sources, but calling coal and petroleum failed and ignorant is as just being a latter day Luddite.

macpuzl Oct 09, 2019 01:48 PM
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And claiming coal and petroleum aren't killing us is foolish, willful ignorance.

a-1570659124 Oct 09, 2019 03:12 PM
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Macpuzl, you're hilarious. Keep up the comedy. It's amazing!!

macpuzl Oct 09, 2019 05:12 PM
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Here's some pretty good humor on the subject, though you might have trouble discerning it: http://denialdepot.blogspot.com

macpuzl Oct 09, 2019 07:36 PM
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Of course, the Luddite were resisting progress, as are the carbon lackeys.

a-1570658078 Oct 09, 2019 02:54 PM
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If they continue with “dangerous drilling and extraction processes, extreme oil drilling,” and “cram big new oil development down our throats, rape our water, land, air, and climate,” we will have to “cope with a burning planet.” There, that’s better, put all of the scary words into a single sentence.

macpuzl Oct 09, 2019 03:43 PM
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Succinct enough that even simpleton deniers may understand.

a-1570661499 Oct 09, 2019 03:51 PM
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Deniers? Do you drive a car? Fly in airplanes? Was your house built with wood, concrete and/or steel? Do you buy things delivered by truck? Ah, thought so. They aren’t going to be drilling next to lake cachuma. The best place to drill is off the coast of UCSB where 3 billion barrels still lie fallow and slowly percolate up to the surface.

macpuzl Oct 10, 2019 03:01 PM
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Denying reality makes you less than smart, for sure.

a-1570662046 Oct 09, 2019 04:00 PM
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China produces more CO2 emissions than USA and Europe combined. When are you going to be translating this op-ed into mandarin so Greta can read it to them?

macpuzl Oct 09, 2019 04:36 PM
Opinion: Feds Push Oil

Nice Whataboutism. "Fred down the street drives a gas guzzler." So, that should influence your behavior?

a-1570669072 Oct 09, 2019 05:57 PM
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But of course, Fred is an influencer with 50,000 followers. Whatever Fred says goes. Thinking for ourselves is too much work.

a-1570674739 Oct 09, 2019 07:32 PM
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Feed is happy. Fred minds his own biz. Fred wonders why so many people along coastal Cali have so many trendy diseases. Fred serves his celiac sister-in-law regular bread...tells her it it is GF....she gobbles it down...she never has a problem....eats up all the "GF" bread.

Red Creek Oct 09, 2019 07:50 PM
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You are sadly VERY misinformed. The United States is by far the largest oil producing nation in the world, and with a relatively small population, gross over producers of carbon. Easy to check your fake news : https://www.google.com/search?q=who+produces+the+largest+oil+and+gas+emissions%27&oq=who+produces+the+largest+oil+and+gas+emissions%27&aqs=chrome..69i57.13523j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

a-1570687575 Oct 09, 2019 11:06 PM
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Red creek you work for Xi? I said Biggest emitters of CO2 and you did a nifty google search for oil producers. https://www.forbes.com/sites/rrapier/2018/07/01/china-emits-more-carbon-dioxide-than-the-u-s-and-eu-combined/#73b6013f628c
Obviously they don’t have oil which is irrelevant because they’re building coal plants by the dozens.

a-1570688654 Oct 09, 2019 11:24 PM
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Lol “whataboutism” is what liberal says when you point out their hypocrisy and projection. Nice defense mechanism. The point is you and the rest want to destroy our way of life- using cars, building and repairing roads, having heat and air conditioning Amazon deliveries, grocery stores and those things rely on cheap reliable energy. You claim to want to give those up even though America could stop all carbon emissions and the CO2 would still rise. As for whataboutism Do a google search for the word and it skyrocketed in 2016. Funny how a word can become a tool of only one political party.

Red Creek Oct 10, 2019 10:18 AM
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604 - You didn't even read the article you quoted. Here is a direct quote, "Since 1965, no country has put more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than the United States. The 264 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide the U.S. has emitted to the atmosphere represented 22.5% of global emissions during that time, and was well ahead of the cumulative 216 billion metric tons from the European Union (EU). In second place among countries was the 188 billion metric tons emitted by China." The article goes on to state that China will exceed the U.S. in the future, but hands down the U.S. has been the greater producer and polluter.

macpuzl Oct 10, 2019 02:54 PM
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Whataboutism was a standard Soviet propaganda ploy, and is still a staple of Russia and the Republican party, which is why it rose to such prominence in social media around 2016.

a-1570824801 Oct 11, 2019 01:13 PM
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Red creek of course I read that. I know Obama wanted to make the world equal by going back on American evils. The point is right now that’s what they are doing. And India. USA has seen its CO2 emissions decline in recent years.

a-1570663046 Oct 09, 2019 04:17 PM
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Today's wild predictions about climate doom are likely to be just as true as yesteryear's. In other words, completely wrong. The major difference is today's Americans are far more gullible and more likely to spend trillions fighting global warming.

macpuzl Oct 09, 2019 04:25 PM
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When exercising critical thinking in regards to anthropogenic global warming, is it more rational to give credence to random anonymous internet trolls, or to look at what the actual climate science and decades of collected data tell us?

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https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/

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http://www.skepticalscience.com/

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http://bit.ly/1pufueQ

a-1570663889 Oct 09, 2019 04:31 PM
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Credence to the trolls, definitely. But we all need a hobby, don't we Macpuzl?

a-1570690069 Oct 09, 2019 11:47 PM
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Freeman Dyson is a little smarter than you give credit. https://youtu.be/BQHhDxRuTkI

macpuzl Oct 10, 2019 02:51 PM
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But Freeman Dyson is not a climate scientist. Do you go to a podiatrist for dental work?

a-1570794080 Oct 11, 2019 04:41 AM
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Climate scientists are inferior. Ones, probably never got past calculus ins chill and could never get into physics programs. A better analogy would be me going to an oral surgeon for a cavity.

a-1570794096 Oct 11, 2019 04:41 AM
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Climate scientists are inferior. Ones, probably never got past calculus ins chill and could never get into physics programs. A better analogy would be me going to an oral surgeon for a cavity.

macpuzl Oct 11, 2019 10:43 AM
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My, but you're articulate. And the podiatrist/dentistry analogy is quite appropriate, since repeated denial of the climate reality is like sticking your foot in your mouth and twisting it.

a-1570688123 Oct 09, 2019 11:15 PM
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I hope Everyone here reads this https://apnews.com/bd45c372caf118ec99964ea547880cd0 with the exact same 10yr deadline issued by the same UN scientists, only it was in... 1989. Notice the alarmism and same sea level rise predictions, dust bowl, Maldives submerged all by 2000...

a-1570688321 Oct 09, 2019 11:18 PM
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Also everyone here needs to check out Tony Heller’s you tube channel if they have a suspicion the media is overhyping climate theory. After all, 40,000 people die a year in car [email protected] at a staggering social cost of lawsuits and rehabilitation, lost parents and children and economic cost of tens of billions. When is climate change going to start racking up those kinds of numbers according to the “models”?

macpuzl Oct 10, 2019 09:55 AM
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Tony Heller is a longtime conspiracy theorist who used to go by the alias "Steve Goddard", and has no climate science credentials whatsoever - he's an electrical engineer. Really, you get your science from YouTube and 30 year old AP news articles???

jqb Oct 11, 2019 12:37 AM
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Why would anyone intelligent "check out" some YouTube troll's channel just because some random anonymous person suggests that it will confirm their suspicions? That's how people with zero intellectual honesty operate.

a-1570793989 Oct 11, 2019 04:39 AM
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I don’t get my science from the article I get Proof that this hysteria started over 30yrs ago. That’s a link to the associated press you ...

a-1570730860 Oct 10, 2019 11:07 AM
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Critical thinking? Posting non-stop URLs to iffy pseudo-science is not thinking at all. Better to be positive and supportive than a "critical thinking" insult machine.

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