I consider myself a good steward of our environment. I care about my impact on the planet and stay educated about the ways that I can be more carbon-conscious. One thing I know for certain is that whenever possible, using locally sourced goods, labor and materials is better for the environment and our local economy. Unfortunately, the supporters of Measure P have forgotten that. Measure P would require us to shift our reliance from domestically produced oil towards less regulated and more carbon-expensive oil imports from other countries. Santa Barbara County, the birthplace of the modern environmental movement, has some of the world’s most stringent environmental regulations on oil production. This being the case, in my opinion, as long as there exists an overwhelming demand for oil in our country we should be moving towards energy independence by producing it from tightly regulated, domestic sources in order to minimize costs and maximize environmental safety.Measure P supporters have taken tousing scare tactics, talking about the threat of fracking here in Santa Barbara, when the truth is no fracking takes place in Santa Barbara because the geological make-up of the naturally fractured Monterey Formation makes the use of hydraulic-fracturing unnecessary and therefore unprofitable; hence, no fracking permits have even been applied for in Santa Barbara County. Additionally, if Measure P were to pass it would choke off hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity including funding that supports public schools and various other local governmental agencies. Understanding the fact that the environment does not solely exist on a local scale but rather on global scale provides the grounds for realizing that the passing of Measure P is not a solution to curing our oil dependence but rather acts as an exasperator of environmental and economic damage. I’m going to vote No on Measure P.
Sam Bever is a fourth-year economics major.
Sam, your position is unfortunate! Many of the companies that operate in our county are based out of state; Californian’s For Energy Independence (funding the No On P campaign to the tune of roughly $5 million) is ExxonMobil, is Chevron, is WSPA, is Occidental, is ConocoPhillips, is Big Oil. Measure P is about a lot more than just the petroleum and methane we consume here in this county. It is about standing up to one of the richest industries on the planet and standing up for the overwhelming amount of scientists who are telling us to stop the madness of… Read more »
Sam is correct, Measure P, if it passes, will not result in less oil being consumed in California, it will only mean that more of our oil is shipped here from the Middle East. If the goal is as Arlo states, “standing up to one of the richest industries on the planet and standing up for the overwhelming amount of scientists who are telling us to stop the madness of fossil fuel extraction for burning” the solution locally would be for the county to impose a consumption tax, say $5 per gallon, on gasoline sold in SB County. That will… Read more »
California heavy oil is as carbon-intensive as the Canadian tarsands oil. It is 70% more carbon intensive than the average US barrel consumed.
This is because of the steam injection engines needed to heat the earth to 500 degrees to get the heavy oil to flow.
For example, a recent approved 136-well project will emit 87,000 tons of GHGs — equivalent to adding 17,000+ cars to our roads.
That same company is planning 7700 wells.
This is why the climate community is extremely alarmed and pushed to get Measure P on the ballot.