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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Eco Watch

Re: “A Rush to Judgment on Fracking

It's like we "humans" are a form of cancer to the earth and fracking is like chemotherapy

Posted by Joey Tonnesen on 09/04/2014 at 12:18 AM

Re: “A Rush to Judgment on Fracking

Just stop. Pennsylvania released info this week about over 200 contamination incidents related to fracking. Stop pretending that fracking is OK. It isn't. This is just embarrassing.

Posted by Deborah Lagutaris on 09/03/2014 at 11:43 PM

Re: “Alarming Radiation Levels Found on Treasure Island

Crazy; I lived on TI from about 1970 to 1974. I look back and remember it as one of the greatest places to be as a little kid. It was so secure; we were safe and had roam of the island...which we did (including wandering through the abandoned buildings, walking across the old fountain that remained from The World's Fair and venturing to YBI). Sad to hear.

Posted by Mo Treat on 08/21/2014 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Food Shift Is Forging A Deal with Andronico's

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Posted by Editor on 08/20/2014 at 5:39 AM

Re: “Food Shift Is Forging A Deal with Andronico's

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Posted by Editor on 08/20/2014 at 5:39 AM

Re: “Caltrans Still Obsessed with Road-Building

Thanks for the coverage of this pernicious threat to our precious redwoods in Richardson Grove State Park and the scenic Smith river.
We who have been battling the Caltrans' Willits bypass appreciate your mention of this behemoth boondoggle. Unfortunately, it's not true that lawsuits have stopped it, though they have helped slow it down. Destructive work on the precious wetlands on the project's north end was stopped for eleven days last summer when a protester occupied a large crane tower. It was stopped by Army Corp of Engineers suspending its permit this past June for 3 wks. due to Caltrans' failures to comply with the permit conditions.
small, rural North Coast communities are easy victims of Caltrans' roughshod treatment and rip-off projects. The leadership and management lie, cheat and steal to keep it that way. Please keep the spotlight on them.

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Posted by Naomi Wagner on 08/19/2014 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Caltrans Still Obsessed with Road-Building

Excellent piece. Thanks for publishing/writing it.

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Posted by Carl Maletic on 08/13/2014 at 11:58 PM

Re: “Fishermen Divided Over New Limit Rules

One thing not considered here is the amount of rockfish a ling cod will eat. And they can eat some large rock fish.

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Posted by Jeff Horton on 07/18/2014 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Environmentalists to Battle Chevron Refinery Project

Their local campaign is outrageous. I get flyers in the mail a few times a week and we regularly come home to several of its mail-in "yes we want modernization" cards on our doorknob. Last week a woman came by, confirmed my name and then thrust them at me, saying "sign here, please!" (Uh, no?) I've also answered at least two polls that seemed distinctly push poll-y extolling the virtues of Chevron's project.

The amount of money they're throwing at this is enough to make a person want to look long and hard at why Chevron is so hot to "modernize."

Their advertising campaigns are incredibly hamfisted. (Are their teams in the mid west? Who puts the "we can do it!" blondie on a billboard about Richmond's own, very much African American, Rosie the Riveter? And the "To me, modernization just makes sense" guy only needs to have his head replaced with Mr. Burns's to make it about perfect.) Even so, evidence shows that if you say the same thing enough times, people start to see it as truth. I can only hope everyone else will look at the campaigns with half the jaundiced eye that I do.

Breaking news: It's especially frustrating that Chevron is bribing us with " "community benefits," including more resources for schools, parks, and roads, if the project is approved " given that Richmond last night had to cut it's police, fire, libraries, and after-school programs apparently partly because Chevron will pay less in taxes due to the fire. Carrot & Stick, Inc.

Thanks to Prop 13 they're already paying taxes on $3 mil instead of $10 mil + it's actually worth. (I would guess it would be worth more if it didn't have 100 years of pollutants in its soil.)

(article here:…)

For some perspective here, Chevron's "down" 1st quarter of 2014 meant that it "only" made $4.5 BILLION. In 2013 it earned $21.4 BILLION.

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Posted by Autumn Kruse on 07/02/2014 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Environmentalists to Battle Chevron Refinery Project

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) collects $billions$ using “Wallet Flushing” car tax. Is it time for CA AG Kamala Harris EPA GMO ethanol fuel waiver conversation?

Did Governor Brown choose a CA/DCA/BAR Chief who can find out if what is broken on a PZEV Smog Check failed car gets fixed? A Smog Check secret shopper audit would cut toxic car fleet impact 1500 tons per day while reducing cost by $billions.

Dr. Stan’s California water & fuel supply opinion…

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Posted by Charlie Peters on 07/02/2014 at 3:25 AM

Re: “Environmentalists to Battle Chevron Refinery Project

To understand the sleaze-side of Chevron, see,

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Posted by EarlRichards on 07/02/2014 at 12:55 AM

Re: “Confusion Reigns Over Oakland Urban Gardens

If elected, I'll grow tomatoes in front of Oakland City Hall. Liu for Mayor 2014.

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Posted by Peter Yuan Liu on 07/01/2014 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Activists Push for Berkeley Soda Tax

Despite allegations that soft drinks are the culprits driving complex health issues, science shows otherwise. For example, obesity is caused by an array of risk factors, including genetics, inactivity, stress, medicines, age, and overall diet. Therefore, it’s overly simplistic and misleading to suggest that a single source of calories is to blame. For this reason, a soda tax simply won’t produce measurable improvements on citizens’ health. In fact, studies indicate that such a tax could have the exact opposite effect, triggering increased calorie consumption from other sources: For these reasons and others, similar soda taxes in states and cities have repeatedly failed to gain traction.
-American Beverage Association

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Posted by American Beverage Association, ABA Communications on 06/19/2014 at 7:15 AM

Re: “Activists Push for Berkeley Soda Tax

Why isn't there an equal effort to tax wine - after all, 5 oz. of Burgundy contains 127 calories, which means those who choose to consume two glasses with dinner add 252 empty calories, ingest sufficient alcohol to possibly make them dangerous drivers or prone to aggression, not to mention the literally millions of acres of cropland that could be producing useful food that is misused to grow poison.

Meanwhile, twice as much Coca-Cola, twenty ounces, contains 240 calories.

What about beer? A can of beer contains 156 calories, and it is rare to see anyone who stops with one. A can of 7 Up contains only 140 calories.

The argument that this is about childhood obesity is specious. Childhood obesity has been in a steady decline and is now dropping to levels not seen sice the 1960s. If the real concern were childhood obesity, similar restrictions would be imposed on grape and apple juice, which are not known for their nutrient density. After all, one mere cup of grape juice contains 154 calories, while 1 cup of apple juice offers 113 calories. Both of these beverages are essentially empty calories.

The real issue is regulating and taxing the poor. The middle and upper classes offer their children "healthful" apple and grape juices (empty calories) while insisting that poor people are too ignorant and unintelligent to be allowed to make their own decisions - and taxing the poor is much less likely to garner major opposition than taxing the affluent.

In other words, the soda ban is yet another "progressive" attempt to force the poor to behave in a fashion the affluent Progressives prefer.

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Posted by Nadja Adolf on 06/19/2014 at 12:41 AM

Re: “Improving Lake Merritt

Juan Pedro, you are right. Many Oaklanders are terribly misinformed when it comes to money and self defense issues. Take those occupy protesters for example, most are young, naïve and clueless about life but none of the city leadership gave them any meaningful direction on how to operate to be a upright citizen. I can show all people regardless if they're poor and uneducated, the proper way to amass riches and how to think like the wealthy to be wealthy.

Posted by Peter Yuan Liu on 06/18/2014 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Activists Push for Berkeley Soda Tax

"Eventually there will be a public backlash so large..."

That backlash will come from a public which, on average, consumes 44 gallons of soft drinks per year? That's a big slurpy per capita every day.

Look up the data on cookies, candy, french fries, boxes of mac and cheese etc. It's the same.

GMOs? Most people have no idea what they are.

Corporate power isn't so easily defeated, sorry to have to tell you.

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Posted by Michele Ocla on 06/18/2014 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Activists Push for Berkeley Soda Tax

The dangerous health effects of soda, processed foods and GMO's are to the 21st century what cigarettes were to the 20th. Eventually there will be a public backlash so large that corporate money will no longer be able to control or influence it.

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Posted by Linda Forde on 06/18/2014 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Improving Lake Merritt

Oakland voters approved the $200 million by a vote of 80% to 20% so it was their call to "waste" their money although only a few tone-deaf individuals feel the money was wasted. As another poster indicates, there are lots of other really big projects that were paid for and completed with the money.

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Posted by John Klein on 06/15/2014 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Improving Lake Merritt

Unfortunately this Peter Yuan Li is not new to Oakland, he's actually running for mayor. His platform seems to be that Oaklanders are all stupid and he's going to whip us into shape.

Posted by Juan Pedro on 06/15/2014 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Improving Lake Merritt

DD also built the East Oakland Sports Center, was a major contributor to restore Studio One, rebuilt and reconfigured12th Street (which was seismically unsafe), fixed the crumbling 18th Street pier, added to the Bay Trail, and fixed the Lakeshore pergola. And there is more, and more to come.

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Posted by Naomi Schiff on 06/14/2014 at 10:07 PM

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