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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion: Letters

Re: “People need to help and learn about animals

This one is my favorite of the children's articles so far

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Posted by matarbongo2 on 05/17/2019 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Clean air is an everybody issue

Possible closure of Diablo Canyon in 2024-25 will add many, many more tons of pollutants and CO2 to earths atmosphere. Senator Monning is not, to my knowledge, lifting a finger to save this magical clean energy, carbon free plant that is equal to five Hoover dams in clean energy production. Senator Monning also seems not to care about the economy of central coast residents.

Diablo Canyon pours an estimated $1.5 billion into our economies every year. Hundreds of high skill residents at the plant must sell their homes, essentially all at once, to find new work in larger cities.

Closing a carbon free plant that protects all of us and our planet seems a true crime against humanity and all life on earth.

But sorry people, cats and dogs and great whales in our seas, thats what it takes to get re-elected for one more cycle.

Call Senator Monning and all your elected representatives and demand they keep trouble free, carbon free Diablo Canyon operating another 50+ years as is possible. Tell them your vote for their reelection depends on what they do.

Renewables are fine but they last a short time before needing to be rebuilt (20 yrs). But first if politicians get their way we first have to figure out how to build the vast numbers of panels, wind generators and power lines. There is no plan for that, nor where to store vast toxic waste from current renewables.

Dont just complain. Take action. Thats how democracy succeeds.

William Gloege
Santa Maria, CA

Posted by William P Gloege on 05/13/2019 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Diablo Canyon already produces clean energy

This article speaks the truth, and Mothers for Peace and all other anti-human, disgraceful-green organizations should be ASHAMED of themselves for the lack of accountability and transparency.

These organizations have failed the human species by making a devils bargain for Natural Gas, with with ZERO meaningful protections for the climate. All just so they can further their own ignorant, fear-driven anti-nuclear zealotry.

See here:

The climate weeps and warms at the closure of Diablo Canyon. The logic is INEXCUSABLE!! How can you shutter zero-emission electricity in an age of climate change BEFORE you shutter fossil fuels?! It's just HEINOUS and reprehensible beyond reason.

The anti-science, anti-human 'green' groups will be the death of us all.

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Posted by Traber Schroeder on 05/11/2019 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Stop the insanity

The Mueller report came out, guess what no collusion or obstruction, wow again the left misfired with their rants and raves wanting to see Trump be impeached on bogus charges. It took 2 years and over $25 million only to find out that the left has more bones in closet than Trump. The left are now scrambling like rats in box, it's comical and the American public has finally seen the purpose of the Democratic party, nothing, nada to offer many realize the left has become a big joke and righteously so many constituents are jumping ship faster than those fence jumpers on the borders.
Bring the popcorn and lounge chairs the next investigation will be a stool sample on Trump to see if he ate any Zharkoye lately to link him with those nasty Russians.

Posted by Lucio Acosta on 05/11/2019 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Clean air is an everybody issue

We have to declare a Climate Emergency and start fighting seasons, snow, rain, days that are too sunny and basically any inconsistency in the climate which should always be exactly the same no matter what.

Posted by matarbongo2 on 05/11/2019 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Diablo Canyon already produces clean energy

Another hit piece on clean energy by the SLOtimes... you people don't care about emissions or jobs. I doubt any of you have taken the tour out there... go to the visitor center! Think!

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Posted by Tim Larson on 05/11/2019 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Diablo Canyon already produces clean energy

The above anonymous comment is not supported by facts. This reader likely don't know as a consequence of fracking, a billion cubic feet of natural gas is being wastefully flared in the U.S. EACH DAY. That is a symptom of a glut of natural gas. The natural gas industry is ahem " lobbying" throughout the U.S. to eliminate the only large-scale competition to natural gas, namely nuclear power. They have enlisted the support of poorly-informed groups such as SLO MFP to help them to expand their market share. You may also be surprised to learn that natural gas is the secret friend of solar and wind generators. See this 2016 Washington Post story . To learn more, please visit CGNP dot com - Gene Nelson, Ph.D., San Luis Obispo

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Posted by DrGeneNelson on 05/10/2019 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Diablo Canyon already produces clean energy

Letter writer Mark Henry is correct. In terms of actual injury or fatalities, Nuclear Power is by a wide margin the safest. Google safest means of generating electricity.

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Posted by William P Gloege on 05/10/2019 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Diablo Canyon already produces clean energy

Plants are closing because of corporations like PG&E who own them found they could make more money for shareholders switching to natural gas for producing electricity. The deadliest toxic waste you mention has never killed or even injured a single human being. How can it be called deadly? Your imagination, thats how. We humans are in a fight for our survival with global warming advancing faster each year. Scientists predicted this and its all coming true - monster hurricanes in Africa, Florida, Texas and all over the world. Sea rise forcing people from cities and villages around the globe. And the devastation is only and the very beginning of global warming.. Read a book for education. I suggest Dr. Joshua Goldsteins very good new book titled The Bright Future. He lays out what we could have and how we could save the world for our children with clean, carbon free nuclear power. The whole US Navy seems to love that energy source. Its time to abandon those fun demonstrations. (I called them Fear Festivals.)We cant afford that kind of fun any longer.

William Gloege, Santa Maria

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Posted by William P Gloege on 05/10/2019 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Diablo Canyon already produces clean energy


Um, nothing you said contradicts anything Mark said, i.e., that nuclear doesn't emit CO2 and provides a lot of local jobs and taxes. Or his main point that renewables should be used to replace fossil fuels, not nuclear.

The reason for nuclear plant closures is that they receive no financial benefit for their non-polluting, non-CO2-emitting nature, and are forced to compete directly with fossil generators that get to pollute the air for free. Renewables, OTOH, do NOT have to compete with fossil sources because they all receive large subsidies and outright mandates for use. If nuclear (e.g., Diablo) received the same subsidies that all renewables do, NO nuclear plants would be closing.

The nuclear waste "problem" has been technically solved for a long time. The long-term hazard from nuclear waste, in a repository like Yucca Mountain, would be *smaller* than that of most other waste streams, including those from wind and solar.

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Posted by JamesEHopf on 05/10/2019 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Republicans had their chance and blew it

Just like when the Democrats had all the power they refused to implement a national health plan like medicare for all. LOL it's almost like voting for the middle manager of empire is meaningless. Now the libertarians are wrong when they say this is all because government is incompetent. Not true at all, we've seen all sides get together and work efficiently for certain goals like Israels interests or mass immigration and outsourcing jobs.

Oh btw, there were plenty of immigrant child separations under Obama. Obama the guy who deported way more than Trump ever will. But don't worry, the democrats and republicans are both very pro immigration so don't worry about that if your big desire is wanting to bring more immigrants to the country, that is happening full speed ahead under Donald "we need more immigrants than ever" Trump.

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Posted by matarbongo2 on 05/09/2019 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Roosevelt deserves to continue being memorialized

It is cartoonish, and it is highly abrasive to see adults arguing over a TDR statue. Welcome to the self centered coast.

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Posted by matarbongo2 on 05/09/2019 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Roosevelt deserves to continue being memorialized

From the initial article: "I guess we could just not have any sculptures of any human being and keep everything abstract." Well and that's exactly what post-modern art and architecture has become, brutalist, nihilist deconstruction ultimately celebrating decay.

It's so deliciously ironic, the legacy of the movement Teddy Roosevelt helped advance has now created hysterical HR lady mayors denouncing the people who made their ideas possible. The left eats its own. Harmon is totally welcome to live under a traditional indigenous value system though if she hates the West so much. I'm not sure what tribal leader would want to purchase her and make her a wife property though.

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Posted by matarbongo2 on 05/09/2019 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Diablo Canyon already produces clean energy

Mark my words Henry, your information is not supportable by actual facts and sounds like pure industry puffery. More nuke plants are closing than opening. Why? Too expensive, uninsurable (except by the taxpayers) and still no place to put the deadliest toxic material ever generated by humankind. Nice try, though.

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Posted by Latte2Party on 05/09/2019 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Earth urgency

Increased housing density helps combat climate change, but local politicians don't have the courage to take on the NIMBYs and build housing. The "don't build tall buildings" crowd care more about their views than the climate or clean air.

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Posted by ra237 on 05/09/2019 at 6:09 AM

Re: “Our energy future doesn't include nuclear

Nuclear power also kills fertility and health. Many studies have demonstrated this. Child cancers, infant mortality and much more.

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Posted by Mitch Panek on 05/04/2019 at 7:46 PM

Re: “A letter from Al Fonzi

Allowing consistent narratives that promote hate, manipulate statistics, distorts facts, rewrites history, obscure lies, justify inequality, undermine science, and advocate for authoritarian political systems have no business in the public sphere of a liberal democracy, much less being published and promoted by a local newspaper giving him free license (without limits) to spread his propaganda and radicalized hatred of all things perceived as liberal.

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Posted by E Huber on 05/03/2019 at 1:33 PM

Re: “New Times is on the wrong side of history

I wholeheartedly agree. While Al Fonzi gets 10,000 words on a weekly basis... the "real" conservatives, moderates, independents, libertarians, and progressives ALL have severe limitations --by way of consistent comparison-- on their word counts and inferior placement of articles on the page.

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Posted by E Huber on 05/03/2019 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Diablo isn't safe

You know what else isnt safe? Everything. Its a matter of risk perception and risk management. We need to manage those things that pose large risks to us (traffic accidents, credit card fraud, air pollution, etc.), and stop focusing so much attention on those things that pose small risks to us (nuclear energy). Im thankful for all of the emergency planning that Diablo Canyon sponsors in our county - because next time our county has a major incident like an earthquake or fire we will all benefit from their preparedness.

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Posted by Kristin Zaitz on 05/03/2019 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Our energy future doesn't include nuclear

Compare German co2 emissions with Frances on electricity and you will see there is only one proven method to reduce greenhouse gasses. Germany for the same money could be at near zero carbon like France is but instead they spent the per-capita equivalent of 4 trillion in the United States and have basically nothing to show for it on their grams of co2 per watt used. A vote for wind and solar is a vote for gas and coal.

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Posted by Mike Burkart on 05/03/2019 at 7:59 AM

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