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Re: “Terra-Gone

In other words, Dan B, not our problem. No need to contribute proportionately to the resolution of the problem. Let magical others do it, because we have forests. You could move to absolutely any place on the planet and come up with great reasons to let others deal with the problem. Perhaps you will.

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Posted by Mitchell Trachtenberg on 12/26/2019 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Terra-Gone

Let's get real. A little less guilt tripping and more facts are in order. Humboldt is 4000 square miles of mostly forest. We mitigate more CO2 than any place. In 2018 we consumed about 800 gigawatts of electricity. LA county consumed 68,000 gigawatts. Industrial wind turbines are a disaster wherever they are sited.… What would destroying the environment and peace in one of the most spiritual and ecologically remarkable places in Humboldt have accomplished? Generating 50 megawatts average the total Terra Gen project would have mitigated the carbon from one engine of a jumbo jet. On average there are 10,000 large planes flying every minute of every day and their number is increasing. There are 1,420,000,000 cars and trucks world wide and their number is increasing. Mitigating the carbon from 80,000 of them is .000056% of the solution. This project would have mitigated the carbon from just one Las Vegas casino. It would have mitigated the carbon from half of a cruise ship. There are over three hundred cruise ships. If we are going to slow CO2 emissions it will be done by billions of people slowing down consumption. Not by Terra Gen wreaking havoc in Humboldt. Solar panels have no moving parts. You own them. They're silent. Don't kill bats and birds. Everyone seems to like them once they have them. They help. They last.

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Posted by Dan B on 12/26/2019 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Why I Will Not be Using Your Preferred Pronouns

This might be satire but most people agree. I’m calling you he or she and I’ll let you decide which, I’m not rewarding your insanity beyond that.

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Posted by Billy McGee on 01/01/2020 at 2:29 PM

Re: “'Witch-hunty' Cartoon

I love the cartoon. My mother wouldn't let me have the polio vaccine until I was in first grade because she didn't want to pay for it. The shot was free at school. Good shot. Bad mom.

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Posted by Gloria Picchetti on 01/04/2020 at 2:20 AM

Re: “State Agency Recommends Cannabis Tax Overhaul

Taxing based on potency would make an even greater nightmare. Can't believe that made it through some kind analysis group without getting scratched. Forget that testing for potency is hardly reliable or consistent. The mess of tracking of taxation that varies from SKU to SKU is insanity. They already pointed rightly to over regulation also being a major issue in the high cost of regulated cannabis.

So they recommend making the system both more complex and more regulated. Get ready for another 5-10 years of government mismanagement in what should be a mom an pop, country roadside industry. The high demand for affordable cannabis that drives black market is driven by both lingering prohibition AND over-regulation/taxation.
Can we just grow up and quit making cannabis such a THING.

After all, the "black market" is also made up of many mom an pop operators who simply cannot navigate nor afford the afore mentioned, too- complex regulated licensing system. Still they attempt to provide to their communities and are called out as criminals.


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Posted by keeftreez on 12/26/2019 at 5:56 AM

Re: “A Reasonable Ask

Hi Jen. You mention clean water but not clean air. Asthma and diabetes are both exacerbated by wood smoke, as are many many other diseases. Wood stoves have been estimated to cost several thousand dollars per year each in medical costs both to the burner and their neighbors. In most places where wood is burned wood smoke dwarfs pollution from other sources such as traffic and industry. I urge you to visit the doctors and scientists against wood smoke pollution website at woodsmokepollution dot org where they have a comprehensive referenced list of health effects.

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Posted by Glen Harland on 01/19/2020 at 1:22 AM

Re: “Terra-Gone

John Dillon's "love it or leave it" is beyond stupid. He has no idea that U.S. energy barons are also supplying China.

I wonder how much carbon would have been sequestered if Andrea, Gordon, both Johns and Mitch (above) decided to forgo those overseas flights to sample the Sardines in Spain for 10 days requiring one-ton of jet fuel for each person, round trip, (almost the same as the average U.S. commuter uses in a year)?

Sadly, the only way Greta will get flush-Americans to stop frivolous travel is by tearing their passports, SUV's, Hummers, race cars, antique gas hogs and yachts, out of their cold dead hands.

Thanks to climate change, Humboldt County has many sunny days and miles of open spaces for massive solar arrays. Unfortunately, like the "freedom to travel", Humboldt's elite land tycoons like the Russ family have the "freedom to maximize profits", (giant wind conglomerates generate far more lucrative leases than solar).

Sorry Greta.

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Posted by Chuck Warren on 12/28/2019 at 1:22 AM

Re: “Terra-Gone

This wind farm would have replaced something between 1/3 and 1/2 of Humboldt's present electricity. Yes, more is needed, but this was that rare time when a simple yes/no decision on one project had a large scale effect on Humboldt's emission.... no matter how many links you can paste :)

Individual action is needed; this would have been collective action at large scale, which is also needed

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Posted by Mitchell Trachtenberg on 12/27/2019 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Terra-Gen Electrified the Conversation. What Now?

Unless Scotia has been annexed by Rio Dell, that looks like the northern entrance to Scotia in the photo.

Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons1 on 01/18/2020 at 7:55 PM

Re: “A Reasonable Ask

Great read, thanks Jen. Really enjoy the NCJ.

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Posted by Jess O'Brien on 01/17/2020 at 2:27 PM

Re: “What Now?

Grow food at home and drive to the store less. Vacation locally. Enjoy more acoustic music. Cuba dealt with energy adversity when their oil supply was cut off by turning their cities into food gardens:… France dealt with the Arab oil embargo in the 1970's by effectively basing their grid on nuclear power and since then they have had the lowest per capita carbon footprint of any modern country in the world.… . Bhutan is the one country in the world that is carbon negative by virtue of the fact that their constitution requires their country be at least 60% forested. They are focused on what they refer to as 'gross national happiness' rather than 'gross domestic product'.… Solar panels and lifestyle changes can make a huge impact.…

Posted by Dan B on 01/17/2020 at 11:21 AM

Re: “We've Come to Prefer They/Them Pronouns

They them as singular first person is rediculous. Not one person in this plight to change the English language has built a case for it. They turn and flee with no answer as to how they came up with they them.
I don't mind binary at all, that's cool, but don't twist our language around to sound stupid. And provide an answer to where you get off pushing such an ill sounding pronoun reference. "Dan went to the store. I think them drives a black car. Them will be back shortly." No way. Go fish.

Posted by David Wakefield on 01/16/2020 at 11:24 AM

Re: “We've Come to Prefer They/Them Pronouns

There are still many of us, perhaps a majority who would not prefer to be called 'they' but it seems as though that does not matter.

Posted by Ryan Trix on 01/16/2020 at 9:34 AM

Re: “The End of the Intertribal Gathering is the End of an Era

Failing to continue the longstanding elder celebration mirrors this nation's rapidly declining commitments to all its elders.

Privatized energy company PG&E caused 80 elder's incineration in Paradise, California, then, PG&E killed and wounded many more in statewide blackouts.

Once they pass "Medicare For All" we'll begin hearing the horrors of that half-privatized debacle.

Posted by Chuck Warren on 01/08/2020 at 7:28 PM

Re: “What Now?

Thank you Felice Pace for advocating inclusive democracy...not exactly Humboldt County's status-quo of helping old-timey land baron families to maximize profits.

Posted by Chuck Warren on 01/03/2020 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Terra-Gone


Trick question, I guess. But let's say the five of us had each saved that ton of jet fuel you assume we used, an assumption as thoroughly grounded in fact as a typical white house announcement. Looking at estimates online, I'd say it's more like two or three tons of CO2 equivalent to fly from here to Spain. OK, fifteen tons. So how long would the wind farm have needed to operate to save fifteen tons of emissions? Using the Final EIR estimate, the 2020 reduction would have been 35,000 tons, or 100 tons per day. So the wind farm would have had equivalent impact by operating for about three hours.

About 8% of Americans travel to Western Europe each year; if Humboldt County residents' travel patterns are similar, that would be about 12,000 trips, for 36,000 tons. So, if ALL travel of Humboldt County residents to Western Europe were eliminated, that would have almost the same impact on GHG as the wind farm, assuming they didn't go to Hawaii instead. But, of course, that would mean everyone would voluntarily agree to not go on flights they would otherwise have taken, or flying would have to be made illegal (and not just to Western Europe, because people would change to alternative holiday destinations). If you want to pass a law making flying illegal, OK, you have my support and I wish you the best of luck.

Individual changes are required, but the way to get changes at-scale is by doing things at-scale. The wind farm would have been at-scale.

Posted by Mitchell Trachtenberg on 01/01/2020 at 9:38 AM

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