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Re: “Attorney: Cannabis Church Lawsuit Could Have Far-Reaching Effects

Great analysis, thank you.

A question for you if you are reading this.

Do you think the Sheriff's recent use of a National Guard helicopter may be exceeding the Governor's order, which can be found here:

Or do you think its an undisclosed request from the Governor's office via a "a State drug interdiction and counter-drug activities plan" via 32 U.S.C. 112:

Something else?

Thank you

Posted by Sean DeVries on 07/12/2019 at 9:58 PM

Re: “Which Way the Wind Blows

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Posted by MAX GEON on 07/12/2019 at 2:48 AM

Re: “'Hook, Line and Turbine'

Unfortunately, the Natural Gas/Renewables Industries are aggressively promoting misguided energy production projects, like the Humboldt Wind Energy Project, which will adversely impact our environment, as Greenhouse Gas Emission continue to increase.

While over 10 million people die each year globally from air pollution and energy poverty, our local, state and federal agencies continue to approve projects which benefit wealthy corporations, support unprecedented levels of income disparity, and distract all of us from the urgent conversation we need to have ASAP, about our best path forward, using all available energy production technologies.…,…

Absent a clear path towards clean air and water, sustainable communities and prosperity, these adverse impacts will continue...

Posted by Kirk Gothier1 on 07/09/2019 at 1:54 PM

Re: “'Hook, Line and Turbine'

Mr. King is exactly right on. A big corporation in financial difficulty hoping to make use of tax credits to bolster their credit problems. To hell with the environment and this local area. And do not even consider the Wiyot Tribe and the sanctity of a sacred site, nor the birds and animals that will be impacted. No mention made of the California Condors that will be introduced to this area. This is a bad idea all around. Speak up Humboldt or you will see this happen. And shame on the politicians who are endorsing bringing a distant corporation into Humboldt County to make profits off of the beauty and resources of the North Coast.
Kathryn Donahue

Posted by Kathryn Donahue on 07/08/2019 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Everything Matters

Political cartooning is not about humor. It's about making a political visual point because too many people will pay attention to a visual and not read. It's always been like that, for hundreds of years-for as long as there has been political news.

Reading political cartoons for soley humor or enjoyment, is like going to a funeral for the buffet afterwards at the home of the bereaved.

Nations have changed power over political cartooning.

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Posted by feedingtubepaul on 07/07/2019 at 11:23 PM

Re: “'Hook, Line and Turbine'

In response to the question by ChicoryCat.
To offset the same amount of energy with roof top solar that the wind farm will make will take about 400 million watts of solar panels. Cost to install is about $3 per watt, or $1.2 billion dollars. How long? Last year Humboldt county installed 1.4MW ( million watts). At that rate it'll take 286 years.

All the serious scientists give us till 2030 ( 10.5 years) to reduce total carbon foot print by 60%, 6% per year. Last years CO2 has gone up by 2-5% per year.

Climate change doesn't know or care about NIMBY. And while NIMBY might work for some things, its not going to work for CO2/climate change, sea level rise.
And in not supporting all the renewable energy possible, you are supporting fracking, oil exploration and big oil.

The NIMBY are the past, I support the future.

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Posted by jay p on 07/06/2019 at 8:47 AM

Re: “'Hook, Line and Turbine'

The TerraGen spokesperson stated that TerraGen and Humboldt Redwoods would have an agreement about decommissioning the wind generators. This is a private agreement between two corporations; what could go wrong? The County of Humboldt could be left with 600 ft. tall wind generators and no funds to remove them, an unsightly reminder not to be so naive the next time a big corporation comes around promising to solve your problems at no cost to you, well, except for some destruction of natural resources, dont be so quick to take them at their word. Always remember they stand to make millions off this project, and Profit is all that really matters to them.

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Posted by Deodora C. on 07/05/2019 at 7:35 PM

Re: “'Hook, Line and Turbine'

Jay P: Do they remove the concrete pads? I read an article that said the turbines will be removed but the reinforced concrete pads will remain. That is not acceptable. Furthermore, how do you suppose the huge road through the Jordan Creek watershed is removed or remedied? And what about all the environmental damage for the 30-year lifespan of the project and road?

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons1 on 07/05/2019 at 1:53 PM

Re: “'Hook, Line and Turbine'

Mr. King is spot-on: According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Bear River and Monument ridges are "inappropriate for wind development" due to large populations of rare and protected species that would be destroyed, including murrelets, bats and raptors, as well as the "loss and possibly extirpation of a disjunct population of horned larks."

I've been up there many times bird-watching and have seen owls at dusk swooping down to catch their prey. They may also hunt after it gets dark, but I didn't have equipment to allow me to see that, if it occurred.

I read where a company spokesperson said the grasslands up there are not pristine. Perhaps not all the grasslands, but the majority are in decent shape or could be. The area is rare along the North Coast, with the Bald Hills being the closest comparison. Wind turbines are not desirable in this area. They are definitely not worth a huge road through Jordan Creek, as Mr. King noted, because the area is just beginning to recover from Maxxam's liquidation of forests for profit.

The experience with PALCO and Maxxam chastened me; no longer do I believe in the promises of an extraction company. Judge Terra-Gen by the company it keeps. As Mr. King noted, "Stantec, the corporation that conducted Terra-Gen's wildlife surveys, tells us that the windmills will kill 10.43 to 20.86 marbled murrelets over the project's estimated 30-year lifespan. (Santec, a Canadian firm, specializes in oil and gas development, coal mining, fracking, shale and tar sands mining, thousand-mile oil pipelines and transmission lines.) However, by raising the model's turbine-collision input by just 1 percent the murrelet mortality rate doubles."

This should have caused pause for any Humboldt County officials and/or agencies supporting this flawed project, as pointed out by Mr. King: Terra-Gen has accelerated the Humboldt County project to take advantage of tax breaks that expire in 2020. Less well known is that Terra-Gen is desperate for cash. In February, the S&P Global Ratings service downgraded Terra-Gen's rating from B to B-minus, indicating "weak cash flow and debt paydown. ... The negative outlook reflects our expectations that Terra-Gen's cash flow generation profile could worsen further. ... The company may have difficulty refinancing in 2021."

Humboldt County has already suffered enough from companies desperate for cash: from the pulp mills and their demise to PALCO/Maxxam, and more.

Humboldt County agencies and officials who support this project can be faulted for more stupid planning as opposed to smart planning. For example, do these officials and/or agencies realize the gigantic reinforced concrete pads will remain after the project's useful life? If anything is going to make the grasslands on Bear River Ridge any less pristine, or mar the recovering forest on Monument, it's definitely multiple reinforced concrete pads. Plus, who is to say that the Bridgeville substation won't upgraded and more turbines allowed? Such expansion would only increase the number of birds killed. They shouldn't even be comfortable with one marbled murrelet being sacrificed, let alone more than a potential 20 and that's if you believe what has been reported. I remember a lot of promises from PALCO and Maxxam that turned out to be junk.

As a person who has installed solar panels where I live, I can tell you that, after they are paid off, we'll be earning money (based on our energy consumption) after our investment. With our panels only being six weeks old, we've already sold power to Nevada Energy, thereby defraying our investment cost. Our house runs fully on solar during the day, even with washing and drying.

Lastly, has The Journal sent a photographer up to Bear River Ridge to photograph the grasslands, or gotten permission to access Monument Ridge to take photos? If not, why not? And why does The Journal keep using a Terra-Gen illustration showing turbines without consulting a third-party expert to determine if such an illustration is an accurate and truthful interpretation of what people might see from Rio Dell? That's just not doing your due diligence, NCJ, and you should know better.

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Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons1 on 07/05/2019 at 1:48 PM

Re: “'Hook, Line and Turbine'

Thank you for this thoughtful piece. Greg, please explain how readers can fact check this claim: "Installation of rooftop solar panels, combined with even modest levels of conservation, does more to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions than wind farms ever could while posing no harm to our wildlands." You make a crucial point, and I would like to know how this can be accurately quantified.

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Posted by ChicoryCat on 07/05/2019 at 1:41 PM

Re: “'Hook, Line and Turbine'

Dear Sylvia.
That idiot who first put sanctions on Chinese solar modules was Barrack Obama. Trump has continued it, he doesn't deserve all the credit.

Your comment about the turbines will remain after 30 years isn't quite true. Terra Gen and I believe this is now common practice from developers/governing bodies is that a bond is put up to cover removal at end of life, or if the company goes out of biz before the 30 year mark and no one is around to maintain them or buy up the project.

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Posted by jay p on 07/05/2019 at 10:49 AM

Re: “'Hook, Line and Turbine'

It seems to me that the Redwood Coast Energy Authority has essentially eliminated the first part of their title and are willing at all cost to support the energy part. We, of the Redwood Coast, have to always go to bat for our region while other short-sighted or conflicted members of our community push projects such as this monstrosity. Call me, Greg and the countless others as being NIMBY's. Well, you're damn right, we have been and will continue to do our best to protect our very unique and special back yard here on the Redwood Coast!
I have wondered where these "concerned" folks were back during the Butler Valley dam days, or the GO Road days, or the Redwood Summer days, etc. Now, their great environmental concerns have put them in the position of backing the industrialization of our fragile, beautiful ridges. While I have always had great respect for Michael Winkler, his vocal support of this project has had a serious effect of my opinion of him. Maybe he needs to step out of the public eye for a while and take a long hard look at his current views before he makes further public statements. He is on the wrong side of this issue as is the RCEA.

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Posted by jackalope on 07/05/2019 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Why I Support Terra-Gen's Wind Project

In addition to what I said above I would like to add that the turbines will use 24,000 gallons of oil/year for their life. The creation of the sites and the erection of the turbines combined w/ the oil usage will be at a carbon cost that far exceeds the carbon gain from the turbines. Winkler claims expertise in these issues but must have forgotten to mention that. Why RCEA has not considered that is something they should have to answer for.

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Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 07/04/2019 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Why I Support Terra-Gen's Wind Project

Mr.Winkler's piece is a hucksters dream. It was so glibly written that the sentences are lighter than air with no substance or solidity. No mention of any of the many negatives, just an assurance that any negatives there might be can be adequately dealt with. The fire danger which is a large issue w/ turbines. the permanence of the construction that once built can never be removed even though turbines have a short life, the request by the Wiyot Tribe that their use of these ridges as a prayer site and the only overlook on their traditional lands be respected and left alone, the noise factor and more are as nothing in Winklers world.It is my understanding that the electricity from these turbine were never intended for Humboldt but now, because people protested there are negotiations to keep some of the electricity here. Mendocino was to get the electricity because they have refused to build wind turbines because of the many negatives. Didn't mention that either, did ya Winkler?

Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 07/04/2019 at 11:51 AM

Re: “'Hook, Line and Turbine'

mea culpa- I said "Wilson" above and I meant Winkler.

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Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 07/04/2019 at 11:36 AM

Re: “'Hook, Line and Turbine'

Wonderfully writ piece,Greg King. I am disgusted and disappointed in Wilsons views on this subject. You mention that the sites and the turbines themselves once in the ground are there forever but with that in mind it also must be noted that the life of those turbines is a short one of 25-30 years after which their ugliness remains and the land they are on will never be able to recover.This is a bad deal and should not happen. Sadly our idiot in Washington has just declared that he wishes to lay sanctions on Chinese solar panels and parts for solar panels which would up the cost of panels here significantly because the idiot in charge does not seem to grasp the fact that his sanctions hurt us as much if not more than the countries on whom the sanctions are laid. If you have not seen my editorial on this subject I would be glad to send it to you. I think you may have since a chunk of your statement here has a bunch of stats that are in my editorial. Thank you for writing this.

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Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 07/04/2019 at 11:27 AM

Re: “How We Let This Happen

Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy, I thank you first for the truth that needs to be heard, but also for the beautifully crafted manner in which you laid out the truth. You obviously hit a sore spot for a couple of readers who ran to their denial cache and attacked you for telling such a terrible truth but, sadly, that's life in America.I will hope to see more from you.

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Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 07/04/2019 at 11:02 AM

Re: “The Case for and Against Huffman

although I have reservations about Jared Huffman's loyalty to his constituents, as in not voting for Bernie when his district did overwhelmingly, I will say that he is right to become a means to putting Trump in jail; although I doubt the Senate will subscribe, I believe the people of this country need to see, in perfect detail, how this president laundered money and traded secrets for more money, that he became president to MAKE money off the people; and what Mueller found had to be litigated by Congress, not him, for as all cops are aware, it takes a DA to bring them to court.

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Posted by Pat Kanzler on 07/04/2019 at 10:36 AM

Re: “How We Let This Happen

To Tracy Overholser: truth hurts, huh? So much so that you have to call it "pandering"? Really doubt you've read A book, let alone one with big words. Also,

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Posted by Lillian Keller on 07/02/2019 at 1:18 PM

Re: “How We Let This Happen

Very powerful analysis, Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy. Thank you for writing this urgent piece. The connections you draw between the tacit acceptance of genocide by white-settlers in Humboldt's past and that of present-day regarding the incarceration of children in concentration camps establishes a crucial historical continuity between the settler-colonial origins of the U.S. and the contemporary carceral State.

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Posted by Gordon Ulmer on 07/02/2019 at 8:29 AM

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