Valerie Eisman 
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Re: “Friday's Briefing: Jovanka Beckles Edges Out Dan Kalb in AD15; Diana Becton Wins Contra Costa DA Race

Congratulations to Beckles. I hope the East Bay unites around this staunch community environmentalist leader. She will need defending against any dirty campaign tactics.

Posted by Valerie Eisman on 06/15/2018 at 12:10 PM

Re: “In the 15th Assembly District, Six Candidates Appear to Have a Shot at the Top Two Spots

Beckles has an admirable record of achievement in Richmond, CA. But I believe Dan Kalb, an individual of impeccable moral character, will hit the ground with his feet running in the State Legislature. Dan has worked on the Greenhouse gas emissions regulations and labeling in CA. And was the lead environmental advocate on the 33% Renewable energy law. This is invaluable experience both in turns of personal relationships with State Legislators and proven results. There is a terrible homelessness and housing crisis statewide as well as a global warming emergency situation which will only get worse. We live in times like no other that humans have ever faced with human civilization now at peril. These special times call for special traits and a special person. I believe that person is Dan Kalb. He has a proven track record of standing up under tremendous fire and advancing forward.

Posted by Valerie Eisman on 05/19/2018 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Judge Rules in Favor of Oakland Coal Project

In Judge Chhabria Findings of Fact and Conclusions of law he stated:
"Global Warming The hostility toward coal operations in Oakland appears to
stem largely from concern about global warming. To be sure, shipping coal for use in other countries will make some contribution to the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere, and climate
change is detrimental to public health and safety. But the City's argument that global warming allows it to invoke section 3.4.2 of the development agreement barely merits a response. It is facially ridiculous to suggest
that this one operation resulting in the consumption of coal in other
countries will, in the grand scheme of things, pose a substantial global warming related danger."

I believe the Judge's comments are "facially ridiculous". The contract between OBOT and Oakland would not be for solely one year. And even if it were 5 million metric tons of coal alone, the recent Second Warning to Humanity by issued by Professor Ripple and other colleagues and signed by over 16,000 scientists debunks the Judge's cavalier attitude towards the continued use and sale of fossil fuels. "Mankind is still facing the existential threat of runaway consumption of limited resources by a rapidly growing population, they warn. And "scientists, media influencers and lay citizens" aren't doing enough to fight against it, according to the letter. If the world doesn't act soon, there will be catastrophic biodiversity loss and untold amounts of human misery, they warn." The Warning continues:
""Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out," the letter warns. "We must recognize, in our day-to-day lives and in our governing institutions, that Earth with all its life is our only home." How much clearer must this warning be Judge Chhabria? Oakland City government is doing exactly what over 16,000 scientists are advocating. It is acting to protect Oakland, East Bay residents and all of Californians from the ongoing, worsening effects of global warming due to Arctic meltdown from fossil fuels . Greenhouse gases from fossil fuels account for nearly 80% of increased global warming. A recent LA times articles stated the Arctic meltdown is simultaneously increasing the dangers of extreme rainfall and drought and fire in California. With the tremendous smoke from forest fires Californians and Oaklanders are now experiencing, must coal dust be added to the mix?

Posted by Valerie Eisman on 05/17/2018 at 11:16 PM

Re: “Judge Rules in Favor of Oakland Coal Project

Addressing Len Raphael's comments on federal jurisdiction over railroads, the same issue for Washington State is at issue here as the AG's of 6 states sue on behalf of the coal companies in their states arguing in a recent brief that Governor Inslee had long demonstrated "a long public opposition to fossil fuels and coal in particular". The article is in response to a ban Inslee is supporting against a proposed coal terminal in Longview, WA. The AG's argued Washington State is forcing its policy preference re coal on other states.

Ain't that interesting that conservatives will abandon the concept of State's Rights when $$ is the issue? It was reported in TDN news that Inslee is arguing that state regulators acting in their official capacity are immune from federal lawsuits brought by another state of country. An editorial by the Salt Lake Tribune entitled "Utah Attacking Another's States' Rules: Ain't that Rich" stated : "It does not mean states have to stand down their environmental, traffic, planning, worker safety or other regulations just to make life easier for a business plan." The article further states "U.S. Constitution grants Congress the exclusive power to regulate interstate commerce. Generally, that means no tariffs or duties imposed on products that move from one state to another, no protectionism of products or commodities or services produced in one state to the exclusion of those from other states".

Posted by Valerie Eisman on 05/17/2018 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Judge Rules in Favor of Oakland Coal Project

I totally concur with G Patton's analysis that ESA was weak and that the Judge should have directed Oakland to provide better info. Also given that Oakland had a clause in the contract enabling the city to pass further legislation and address health and safety concerns that might arise, I don't see how any contract was breached. If Oakland does not prevail, then I believe it is the political climate which we are living in under the Trump adminsitration which just the other day threw out reporting of greenhouse gases by the EPA. Also, how can any judge without scientific consultation be qualified to make a decision that increased coal shipments and burning will not directly impact California and Oakland and East Bay residents? A few days ago the LA Times ran an article stating that the meltdown of the Arctic is directly affecting California leading to possibly 100-200% heavier winter rainfall and greater drought and fires in the summertime. Wasn't Oakland impacted by the forest fires last summer in air quality? Anything that hastens Arctic meltdown hastens forest fires, more volcano eruptions (also predicted this year) and more global impacts to all citizens of the planet. The judge pointed out Oakland had wide jurisdiction in legislating for health impacts yet ruled against Oakland. The judge's decision seems contradictory in my opinion. Oakland had prepared 2 other excellent reports of risk and health assessments besides ESA. The Judge should go back and re-read and Oakland should appeal.

Posted by Valerie Eisman on 05/17/2018 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Oakland Planning Commission Approves 'Mammoth' Tower Next to MacArthur BART

"For West Oakland, the overall rate of asthma emergency department(ED)
visits is almost two times the Alameda County rate. For West Oakland zip
codes 94607, 94608, 94609, and 94612, the overall rate of asthma ED visits
is 1014.6 per 100,000 residents; the Alameda County rate is 531.8 per 100,000. The asthma ED visit rate for children (0 4 year olds) is 1224.3 per
100,000 compared to the Alameda County rate of 929.0 per 100,000.
Source: CAPE Unit, Alameda County Public Health Department/ Health
Care Services Agency with data from California Office of Statewide Health
Planning and Development (OSHPD), 2011 2013."

Posted by Valerie Eisman on 02/03/2017 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Local Green Energy Authority Quietly Launches in Alameda County

Fantastic!

Posted by Valerie Eisman on 12/02/2016 at 4:31 PM

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