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Old May 20th, 2015, 11:00 AM   #1
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Drill Baby Drill: Santa Barbara Oil Spill

Refugio was a national treasure.
At the beach in Goleta on Tuesday, construction workers Josh Marsh and Morgan Miller wore rubber boots and carried buckets to help clean up the area.

Both were awestruck by the now-polluted coast, which had the benzene-laced odors of a gas station.

"I'm a surfer, I'm a fisherman -- I like sitting out here and breathing it in," said Marsh, 45. "To see it like this, to see it destroyed -- it hurts.”


Oil spill on Santa Barbara County coast: Environmental groups, politicians respond - LA Times

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Listen to this Commentary http://www.jimhightower.com/sites/ji...-23_f_show.mp3

Suddenly, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is in the news!

Stop TPP | "It's NAFTA on Steroids!"

After years of negotiating the TPP behind closed doors, the corporate and governmental elites who’ve drafted this Declaration of Corporate Dependence are now demanding that our congress critters rubber-stamp it, pronto. Most Americans have never even heard of it, and that’s not by accident. In fact, all you need to know about TPP is that the Powers That Be don’t want you to know anything about it – what it is, what’s in it, where came from… nothing.

Trust us, they’re now saying, for this is a phantasmagorical free trade agreement that’ll deliver a 7-course dinner to everyone! “Trust Us?” I’d sooner trust a pack of coyotes with my last lamb chop! In fact, every bit of that 7-course dinner – the Dom Pérignon, truffled pâté, Beluga caviar, Chateaubriand, Cabernet Sauvignon, chocolate soufflé, Grande Marnier – goes to the corporate elites who effectively dictated this thing. They were part of the insider process that intentionally kept you and me from having a seat at the negotiating table. As the age-old adage puts it: “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”

That’s why there’s such a rush to railroad this “free trade agreement” through Congress. It’s not free, not about trade, and We The People would never agree to it. As the New York Times recently reported, the corporate beneficiaries of TPP know they must get Congress to approve it before the public learns what a raw deal it is – and before “a wave of opposition can sweep it away.”

You and I are that wave! Let’s build it into a political tsunami that sweeps through Washington, cleansing it of the immoral hypocrisy of those attempting to usurp our people’s democratic sovereignty. For the lowdown on this, go to
Stop TPP | "It's NAFTA on Steroids!"

“Congress Clears Path Fast Deal on Pacific Trade,”
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/17/bu...ship.html?_r=0 April 17, 2014.
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A four-mile slick of spilled crude has fouled parts of the California coastline near Santa Barbara.

The Los Angeles Times reports that an underground pipeline ruptured and spilled about 21,000 gallons of crude. The Times adds:

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" 'It is horrible,' said Brett Connors, 35, a producer from Santa Monica who said he spotted sea lions swimming in the oil slick. 'You want to jump in there and save them.'

"Federal, state and local authorities arrived at the scene to investigate the cause of the leak and coordinate cleanup efforts, said Alexia Retallack, spokeswoman for the California Office of Spill Prevention and Response. Gov. Jerry Brown was briefed on the incident and is 'monitoring the situation with great concern,' said spokesman Evan Westrup."

Oil Spill Near Santa Barbara Fouls California Coastline : The Two-Way : NPR
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Crews are rushing to contain an oil spill that has befouled a nine-mile stretch of scenic California coastline just before the Memorial Day holiday.
Santa Barbara Oil Spill: Crews Race to Contain Estimated 21,000 Gallons - NBC News
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This is another sad example of a beautiful environment being ruined. It makes me sick.
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This is another sad example of a beautiful environment being ruined. It makes me sick.
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"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way." --Charles Dickens, Tale of Two Cities

We are often reminded that history repeats itself when people refuse to learn the lessons of the past. Return with me to January of 1969.

Gasoline was 35 cents a gallon. No one was talking about an energy crisis, peak oil, or climate change. Union Oil had just discovered a significant oil field off the coast of California near Santa Barbara. Four platforms quickly sprang up off the coast between September and December of 1968 and drilling operations were well underway by January. The fifth and final platform to be completed was nicknamed Alpha. Drilling operations on Alpha began on January 14 and there was trouble in paradise two weeks later.

How quickly we forget: Santa Barbara, 1969
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I thought the Republicans promised that pipelines are safe ?
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Let's hear your alternatives.

I would suggest getting rid of Citizens United and instilling some intelligent regulations.
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Let's hear your alternatives.

I would suggest getting rid of Citizens United and instilling some intelligent regulations.
This pipeline was close enough to the ocean that, when it failed, was able to flow into the ocean. Uh, perhaps it shouldn't have run so close to the shoreline. Like the chemical storage tank that spilled into a West Virginia River contaminating the drinking water of 300,000 or the Duke Energy ash pond that breached the North Carolina river, maybe they should be located farther away from water sources. It doesn't take Einstein to come up with an answer.
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This pipeline was close enough to the ocean that, when it failed, was able to flow into the ocean. Uh, perhaps it shouldn't have run so close to the shoreline. Like the chemical storage tank that spilled into a West Virginia River contaminating the drinking water of 300,000 or the Duke Energy ash pond that breached the North Carolina river, maybe they should be located farther away from water sources. It doesn't take Einstein to come up with an answer.
Part B of my suggestion. But that is still impossible until part A is accomplished, IMO.
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