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Better options than oil

Posted: August 28, 2014 - 8:10am  |  Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:28pm

I’m disappointed it lost. For me it was about giving the oil companies incentive to drill in Cook Inlet. 

 “The oil giveaway — it’s our oil,”said the Democrats.

Our state has cleaner alternatives to oil: solar/wind/water.

“Jobs,” said the Republicans. 

Put people to work building solar panels, windmills and water turbines. 

The dividend? Offset by higher prices at the pump.  What good is money when our waters are polluted? Some say, “Big deal. Disasters have happened in the past and the Earth has recovered. Plus, we have no say. They’re going to do what they want. They’ll drill offshore if it’s profitable.”

We know there will be oil leaks. Oil and water don’t mix. Lives will be lost, including our own — more deaths than are caused by windmills — way more.

I envision clean air, clean water, clean food — nature to enjoy. Health is wealth. Greed is poison. It will lead to destruction. If you want to go North, you won’t get there by going South. What steps are we taking?

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jokimball777 08/29/14 - 08:51 am
We can work to get a new Mayor that cares about environment

This city council and mayor welcomed the corrupt and inept Buccaneer to the city whose finances were a shell game.

Had there been a spill, they would have had no money for cleanup, declared bankruptcy and fled. (oh yeah, they did that anyway taking millions in state money with them)

In order to allow Buccaneer to come back a second year, after violating the law by putting the legs down in critical habitat, the city lobbied the state to remove the port from protection.

“In a nutshell (Senate Bill) 148 is about recognizing the balance between jobs and environmental protection,” said the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna.

Katie Koester, economic development coordinator for the city of Homer said the bill “basically exempts Homer Port and Harbor from the critical habitat area, which means that jack-up rigs can be moored at the Deep Water Dock.”

Luckily, Buccaneer went to port graham instead where it sits permanently parked through bankruptcy proceedings- fees unpaid.

They could have left that POC on the spit for years with no payment if the city council had their way.

They could have caused a huge spill and just left, could have poisoned the headwaters of several rivers with their west eagle project, but all the city council can see is dollar signs.

Please do everything you can to elect Lindianne Sarno mayor, and new city council members that have a clue. We don't have time to lose. They are driving the city into bankruptcy with this $25 million safety building project. Then only the rich will be able to afford to live here, and we will be forced to do whatever the oil companies and Micciche want just to pay the bills.

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