Charles Varni 
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Re: “Can we speak honestly about oil?

The author is either mistaken, uninformed, or deceitful. The produced water from oil production is, in fact, potential drinking water. The proof of this is that over 500 barrels a day is treated to drinking water standards in a reverse osmosis facility at the Arroyo Grande oil field and then dumped into Pismo Creek where it runs into the ocean.

Injected wastewater is a known cause of groundwater contamination and earthquakes and it is not necessarily injected into the area it was extracted from. Plus, plans to expand production by 1000% at the Arroyo Grande field would mean over 1,400,000 gallons a day of toxic wastewater injected under 500 pounds of pressure into the deep geology under the oilfield. Where will that flow? What earthquake faults will it lubricate? Will the author please provide us with these answers.

The oil companies say they will never frack here and you believe them? Why is Kern County being fracked? Why did oil companies want to frack in Monterey County? Why did President Trump recently open up federal lands for fracking in SLO County? Big oil has lied for decades. The No on G campaign lies everyday in its mailers, ads, and talking points.

Rational discussion of the threat of new oil drilling and fracking in SLO County begins with objective facts. Mr.Byrne is simply repeating No on G erroneous talking points. For a full discussion of Yes on G come to our Town Hall meeting at the Atascadero Library on Sept 27 from 5-645 pm

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Posted by Charles Varni on 09/13/2018 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Like oil and water

You gotta' love Ms Ferrari's well researched and timely debunking of the "no on g" talking points, soon to be gushing from its oil well funded dis-information campaign. If this election is anything like the one in Monterey, the "no on g" front group will spend an average of $500,000 a week between now and the election. The volunteer, grassroots, citizen's funded YES on G campaign cannot financially compete with that; but we have people power, objective facts, commonsense, and the long-term well being of every citizen in our County as a basic value. Protecting our precious groundwater supplies and quality from the threats of expanded oil extraction (using the polluting technologies of fracking, acidizing, or steam injection) is the heart of Measure G. Go to to find ways you can support and help this peoples' campaign.

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Posted by Charles Varni on 09/06/2018 at 7:08 AM

Re: “Morro Rock, Montaña de Oro, Irish Hills among areas reviewed by feds for fracking and oil drilling

The next time you are told or read that San Luis Obispo will never be fracked (a main message of the no on measure g propaganda machine) remember this. As far as Big Oil is concerned, nothing is off limits. Their owners, investors, and corporations are not local and only really care about making money.

NOW more than ever, VOTE YES ON MEASURE G

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Posted by Charles Varni on 08/30/2018 at 7:48 AM

Re: “All eyes on G: Campaigns for and against the initiative to ban new oil and gas wells in SLO County take shape

Hey Voice of Reason,

Since when do quotes in a newspaper from a private oil lobbyist (Duflock) count as fact? Is that really your criteria--it was in a newspaper? It was on Facebook? Is was on the No on G website??

Please explain how there is no threat of fracking here when the current President just announced he was beginning the process to open SLO County lands for fracking; that thousands of wells are being fracked in Kern County; and oil companies were blocked from fracking in Monterrey County by a Federal Judge requiring a full EIR .

Let's have an open, public debate on Measure G.

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Posted by Charles Varni on 08/23/2018 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Say no to fracking in SLO County

Measure G is PREVENTING a problem we do not want to have. Have you heard the term "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?" The Feds are opening their lands to fracking in SLO County at the request of oil companies. Kern County is covered with fracking. Monterey had to get a Federal Court order to prevent it in 2013.

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Posted by Charles Varni on 08/16/2018 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Look behind the green door

So here is a cogent excerpt from the Washington Post article which reported on it.

"The House Science Committee report offered an extensive account of what it says were covert Kremlin efforts from 2015 to 2017 to use inflammatory social media posts to distort online discourse about U.S. energy markets, pipeline development, fracking and climate change.

The equal-opportunity hacking was meant to raise tensions on both sides of the U.S. debate.

"By posting content that supports positions held by both liberals and conservatives alike, the Russians used social media to instigate and inflame discord in the United States," the report states. "Russian social media manipulators intentionally injected foreign propaganda into American political discourse."

We do know the Russians hacked our Presidential election in favor of Trump--who glories in the fracked glut of American oil now being sold around the world and making billions in profits for his cronies--which is probably not in the Soviet interests. Rest easy Al, any check we get Vladamir will be returned. Yours however will not. You can chip in to support the transition to a clean energy economy and safe groundwater at

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Posted by Charles Varni on 07/07/2018 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Water vapor, greenhouse gases, and global warming

The "belief" that burning fossil fuels plays a significant role in global climate change is a FACT based on historical data and scientific facts, not a "belief" (Sources: NOAA, NASA, IPCC, etc, etc). Earth as flat is a belief; earth as round is a fact. Earth as center of the solar system is a belief; Sun as center of the solar system is a fact.

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Posted by Charles Varni on 06/07/2018 at 9:51 AM

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