California and Fossil Fuel: All Hail Mammon! – Los Angeles Post-Examiner

Most sensible picture through Tim Forkes

Within the final dozen or extra years my number one focal point, primary factor, has been the local weather and our surroundings. Only a couple months in the past the U.S. Fish and Natural world Carrier formally declared the ivory-billed woodpecker extinct. Its vary were alongside the Gulf Coast, from the Florida Panhandle to Texas. The principle reasons of this extinction being habitat destruction, looking and the converting local weather. That’s only one animal, amongst dozens of animals and plant lifestyles.

Within the oceans positive shark species are in severe decline. General 71% of all shark species have declined and about part of all species studied are regarded as endangered. The shortfin mako shark, which may also be present in tropical and temperate waters on either side of the Americas is close to extinction, basically because of fishing.

Shark and swiller
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In the community, we could also be seeing an build up of great white sharks off the coast of Southern California, particularly in San Diego County waters, however the species is in decline all over the world. It’s more or less ironic that many seaside goers in Southern California do not know there may be, perhaps, a juvenile nice white shark only a stone’s throw distance from them. Right here’s some screenshots from a YouTube video appearing simply how shut the nice whites are to native surfers and swimmer.

Shark and surfers
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That each one being uncovered, for essentially the most section sharks, like the nice whites, are in decline around the globe.

Does any person bear in mind there was once an oil spill off the coast of Orange County? I’m positive other people bear in mind. It began off Huntington Seashore and started spreading and there have been oil slicks reported as a long way south because the waters off the North San Diego County seashores.

Natural world, birds and fish essentially, had been killed and reasonably frankly we don’t even understand how a lot this spill has impacted the world. Mavens are estimating after all, but if we upload up the entire oil spills from the previous 60 years — simply right here in U.S. waters — the affect is staggering.

Any person sufficiently old to know even the rudiments of environmental information in January and February of 1969 recalls the Santa Barbara Oil Spill. Presently it’s the 3rd worse oil spill crisis in U.S. waters, in the back of the Deepwater Horizon and the Exxon Valdez. Years in the past I spoke with Playboy’s Omit March 1978, Christina Smith. A part of her Playmate pictorial was once shot at the black tar seashores of Santa Barbara. I used to be stunned to determine, from her, the seashores weren’t naturally black, that the colour got here from the oil that was once nonetheless leaking out of the sea ground on the spot the oil neatly had its blow out. The coastal communities recommended issues to do to benefit from the Santa Barbara seashores, certainly one of which was once to put on disposable sneakers and use outdated towels that may be tossed on the finish of the day. The explanation: They might be lined in oil.

The Pacitif Ocean from the
College of California, San Diego
(Tim Forkes)

Oil rigs duvet the coast of California and the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel.  If truth be told they pass the entire manner right down to Mexican waters.

We’re destroying our planet, destroying our house. A pair billionaires wish to relocate to Mars … neatly through all way ship them to the Purple Planet, however the remainder of us have to avoid wasting this planet as a result of our species has nowhere else to head.

We spend $800 billion at the Army-Business Complicated yearly. Are you able to consider if we took a 3rd of that — no, let’s now not be starry-eyed dreamers — if we took 25% of that wealth and spent it on tactics to avoid wasting the planet, what a distinction $200 billion would make. If truth be told, I used to be in reality of my rocker desirous about the use of part that $800 billion to avoid wasting the planet … (chortle) … That is The us. Cash is God, we worship on the Altar of the Backside Line.

Our Father, who artwork within the money check in
Hallowed be thy denominations.
Your kingdom has come, your do we do,
On Earth and in the end on Mars as neatly
Give us at the present time, our meager pittance
so we will be able to make extra of you,
And forgive us for taking the occasional day without work,
As we forgive the ones which are too outdated or in poor health to paintings.
Lead us now not right into a slacker lifestyles,
And ship us from all that hippie nonsense
about peace and love and a sustainable lifestyles.

For that is your kingdom,
and the facility and glory is going to these,
with essentially the most cash.
Now and till the tip occasions.

Ah-Males! Or Ladies!

All Hail Mammon! All Hail Mammon!

The general public will declare Judaism, Christianity or Island as their faith, however don’t you consider it. All 3 worship the similar god (The God of Abraham), however they may be able to’t even get alongside. Hell, some Christian denominations denounce others as … non-Christian? Satanic? I’m an atheist so I may well be in league with Lucifer himself and simply don’t comprehend it!

Anyway, that’s a completely other subject.

Del Mar Seashore (Terri Gayzur)

The automakers are pulling clear of the fossil gas power crutch, with all-electric or essentially electrical cars.

The infrastructure and Construct Again Higher expenses do so much to handle the local weather disaster, however it’s nonetheless a drop within the bucket of what must be executed.

We will be able to get started through putting off the entire oil rigs from the coastal water off California and within the Gulf of Mexico. Make everlasting the ban on oil (power) and mineral exploration in fragile and sacred lands just like the Arctic Natural world Shelter and Bears Ears Nationwide Monument in Utah. Take away the entire interstate pipelines within the U.S. There are 2.5 million miles of power pipelines in The us … lots of them well beyond their designated lifestyles expectancy.

Keep in mind when that the city in Texas blew up, or extra correctly the oil and gasoline processing plant exploded? The Texas City Refinery Explosion on the facility that was once owned through British Petroleum. This was once after the Deepwater Horizon crisis.  It sounds as if British Petroleum likes to chop corners.

No large deal. Simply promote the refinery to Marathon Oil and get again to industry as standard. We don’t care if we pollute the air and water we want to continue to exist. We’re all making Mammon!

Oh, Holy Mammon!

And fail to remember everybody that died, or just about died, when the entire energy went out in and round Houston — when Senator Ted Cruz and his circle of relatives left their canine in the back of because the rushed out of Houston on their method to Cancun, Mexico.

All Hail Mammon!

Windansea Seashore, Ja Jolla, CA
(Tim Forkes)

That was once all cool, Ya’ll. We made it criminal for the power firms to worth gouge throughout the worst of occasions. And worth gouge they did, realizing their power grid — which is blocked off from the remainder of the U.S. grid — was once horribly out of date and insufficient for the duty of working throughout a once-in-a-lifetime chilly spell. However hi there, they had been making billions of bucks off the citizens of Texas. The citizens voted for the Texas politicians that experience given the power firms, and the “Electrical Reliability Council of Texas,” ERCOT for brief, the facility to screw the common Texans. And screw they did.

All Hail Mammon!

Texans will have to glance over this website totally and notice simply how entangled the power business is along with your state govt and the regulate they’ve over the standard of your lifestyles.

No longer that California is a heck of much better than Texas … neatly it’s in some ways, however in the case of the fossil gas business, now not such a lot. The electrical firms have ads in day by day rotation, three hundred and sixty five days a yr, telling us to reside uncomfortably since the state doesn’t have sufficient electrical energy to head round.

California imports extra electrical energy than some other state within the decrease 48.  We get it from Arizona, Utah and the Pacific Northwest. So we need to take care of rolling blackouts, striking our thermostats at this temperature or that, relying at the season.

Are you able to consider giving each and every house proprietor in California an enormous test for the only objective of day trip sun panels on their roof or of their backyard? Or in my case, on/within the patio to energy this little apartment?

There I am going, starry-eyed dreamer once more.

Crowds at Pacific Seashore, San Diego, CA
(Tim Forkes)

If other people get started controlling their very own power, using what will have to be theirs, what occurs to all the ones income Southern California Edison and Pacific Gasoline and Electrical are pulling in?

That is off the subject of the oil wells in and round California.

You suppose the Golden State is so rattling modern? Take a look at the oil rigs after which ask us if this state, the Golden State, is in reality an overly modern enclave?

Positive, you’ll get in hassle for the use of the flawed pronouns, or for calling this sexy Instagram influencer attractive, or this one. Then there may be that mandate that during 14 years we can have a zero-emission rule for heavy accountability vans. No less than 60% of the vans will have to be electrical or hydrogen gas cells.

Alternatively, the oil and gasoline business spent tens of millions to defeat local weather disaster regulation in California, like SB-476 and AB-480 and SB-260. AB-480 did in the end move.

What’s so flawed about having public well being officers claim public well being emergencies when there are oil spills or refinery flares and explosions? Yeah, explosions.

Previous this yr a pipeline at a Chevron oil refinery in Richmond despatched 1000’s of gallons of diesel gas into San Francisco Bay. As a result of their lobbying efforts are such a success regulators are having a difficult time getting information at the spill. Privately the mayor of Richmond, Tom Butt, was once now not inspired with the cleanup efforts after the February 9 spill, however publicly Butt gave the general public a cheery message. Town has been going spherical and spherical with Chevron for years. It sounds as if refinery flares and explosions are reasonably regimen at the entire refineries in and round Richmond.

Pacific Seashore, San Diego
(Tim Forkes)

Cash talks, local weather regulation walks.

So we are living with oil and gasoline rigs, oil and gasoline leaks, fouled air and water, useless natural world, refinery flares and explosions — explosions, blows my thoughts — we are living with all of that as a result of we lack the political and social will to let pass of our fossil gas legacy.

Do you know that handiest about 10% of the beach in San Diego County is undeveloped? Would you be shocked to be informed that builders wish to expand 90% of that last beach as a result of, you understand, All Hail Mammon!

The state will get some huge cash from the fossil gas business, via taxes and lobbying. Makes you surprise why Elon Musk and Larry Ellison declare to have relocated their companies to Texas.

Don’t get me began at the nuclear power.

That is California. Bow right down to Mammon. We will be able to simply glance extra modern than the remainder of you, once we’re doing our curtsies.

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