Is The Economy Bad For Ocean Protection Business?

Posted by: Denise

There is nothing like a convergence of hundreds of highly intelligent women with opinions on pretty much everything. I was in estrogen-heaven at the recent Blogher Conference in San Francisco. Who could resist attending the panel discussion: “How To Take Names and Be Taken Seriously as a Political Blogger”? The featured “gals-with-big-guns”, Morra Aarons-Mele, Shark Fu, Mona Gable and Fausta, told it like it is, and, should be.

Naturally, I could not keep myself from asking the panel, “As voting women, living in one of the most interesting, and important times in America,what do each of you believe should be our top two issues to closely track over the next year?” (LOVED Shark Fu’s response to me as she cold-stared me with tongue firmly in cheek, “No, you DIDN’T just ask me to pick only two?!”. Here’s what we got: Shark Fu thinks we need to track education and equality, and all interrelatedness thereof. Mora Gamble thinks it’s the economy. She did a tremendous job of putting a personal face on poverty in describing a woman who “looks a lot like the rest of us” begging her for money on Union Square that same morning. And, Fausta believes we need to really figure the whole energy thing out. She did a great job of elevating Brazil’s model. (Are we really there?).

Listening closely, I’m pretty sure the people sitting next to me could actually hear my internal mantra, “say environment, say environment, say environment”. Nope. No one was talking much about the environment. Despite the effort Blogher Conference planners tried to do in “greening” the event. The only speaker who was really pushing on environmental protection was Diane MacEachern of Big Green Purse. (Bless her heart).

I guess as women today, we see so many urgent needs that need to be attended to,


it’s hard to know where to begin.

Date Posted: July 30, 2008 @ 11:08 am Comments (2)

Democratic Leadership Holds the Line on Offshore Drilling

Posted by: Jack Sterne

The last week has seen a flurry of articles on offshore drilling. The good news is that the Democratic leadership, particularly Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) has taken a hard line and said that new offshore drilling is off the table.

We try to be as non-partisan as possible, but we have to call a spade a spade, and it’s become clear that the Republican leadership has decided that offshore drilling is a ripe campaign issue, and last week they killed a bill that would require oil companies to actually drill on the 68 million acres they currently have under lease, both on- and off-shore.

The real picture becomes clear when Sen. John McCain admits that the only purpose of drilling offshore is to provide “psychological benefits” to American consumers (Here’s the YouTube video of McCain making this outrageous statement.)

So this isn’t really about solutions for those of us who are feeling pain at the pump, it’s all about partisan politics. And there can be no worse reason to place our oceans at risk of an oil spill. What exactly are the “psychological benefits” of surfing in an oil slick?

Date Posted: July 22, 2008 @ 12:44 pm Comments Off

The Three Biggest Myths the Bush Administration Wants You to Believe About Offshore Drilling

Posted by: Chris Laughlin

Champs, check out this article posted on AlterNet written by Faiz Shakir, describing the three myths:

Myth 1: Drill here, drill now, pay less

Myth 2: China on our coasts

Myth 3: Not a drop was spilled

Date Posted: July 17, 2008 @ 9:31 am Comments (1)

Surf’s Up Central Cal Surfers!

Posted by: Chris Laughlin

Grab that bar of wax, and get ready for a fun, small south swell this weekend. Predictions are for a 4-6 ft. swell, temperatures in the 70’s and 5 knot winds.

“Not to sound too deep or weird, but I think that the times when you really appreciate surfing are the times you’re really sort of becoming one with nature. Surfing’s as raw of a sport as it gets.” – Kelly Slater, 8 World Title Champ

Check out Slater’s recent victory at J Bay.

Date Posted: July 16, 2008 @ 2:12 pm Comments (1)

Energy Independence

Posted by: Maureen Wilmot

There is a sign in my local nursery that reads, “The best time to plant a tree is 30 years ago, the next best time is today.”

It was a little more than thirty years ago that President Jimmy Carter laid out his 10 point energy plan. It was a plan to address the growing need for energy and to foster less need on foreign energy sources. While the fundamental principles look to coal and strategic petroleum reserves (remember that 30 years ago the only environmental issue of burning fossil fuels was air pollution – we were not thinking about the impacts towards global warming) the plan does emphasize conservation and developing unconventional sources of energy.

Now fast forward to today and we see that the country is still reliant on foreign oil. There is a group calling for energy independence and the continuation of cheap energy. And the government is once again trying to lift the moratorium and allow oil drilling off of our coasts. At the same time the agency that oversees offshore oil, Department of Interior, is placing a moratorium on permits for solar panels on Bureau of Land Management lands until environmental impact reports can be complete.

So, I ask you, is the government really working to make the US energy independent or is it working to keep oil companies happy? What about all those industries that rely on clean oceans for a living?

Check out this article on Japan. What do you think we should do so that in 30 years the US is truly energy independent?

Date Posted: July 8, 2008 @ 1:12 pm Comments Off