Tag: environmentalism

Never-ending sewage from Tijuana

The city of Tijuana is the gift that keeps on giving and in this case it’s the continual release of contaminated runoff and untreated sewage that never stops finding its way to the Tijuana River. The most recent story is of an approximately 14.5 million gallon spill of raw sewage that was apparently caused by a dead body that caused trash to clog up a pump station [11]. How the body got there nobody knows! The area turned into a crime scene and the banks at the pump station were temporarily raised to stop the flow of fecal matter. What’s even better about the story is a reference to a plan presented by San Diego officials to solve the problem that requires between $400 million and $1.5 billion in U.S. federal funding to clean up Tijuana’s waste water [10]. There is so much to unpack from the small number of stories that I’ve cited below (yes, this is but a small sampling) but it’s fairly apparent that the United States has spent plenty of money on this issue over a timeframe of decades. I’m not really convinced that throwing more money at Mexico will fix the problem if they themselves aren’t willing to fix basic infrastructure issues.

Quite a large number of people lost their minds when the San Ysidro port of entry was closed for a measly six hours, just think about how six days might get a little bit more action from the source of the sewage problem? Perhaps the U.S. could raise tariffs on all Mexican goods by a few percent each month until Mexico takes substantive action? Or we could just give some people more money and hope that sewage treatment equipment is maintained and operated properly and that city planning is competently performed in Tijuana. I also have to wonder, why aren’t any Congressional Democrats screaming and shrieking about all of the rare wildlife being suffocated by tons of fecal matter and trash [7]? I guess that I just shouldn’t think about it. This problem of uncontrolled sewage flows from Mexico warrants a much longer post to explain in more excruciating detail (or a thesis) but for now I’ll just leave some video, photos, and links embedded below. There’s really nothing joyful to take away from this post but I do hope that it was informative and piqued your interest on this subject. That’s all for now…

Here’s a short anthology of stories relating to Tijuana’s never-ending deposit of shit into the Tijuana River:

  1. San Diego Reader – Shocking facts and horrifying history of Tijuana sewage (November 1988)
  2. The Washington Post – POLLUTION UNDER SCRUTINY AT U.S.-MEXICAN BORDER (October 1989)
  3. Los Angeles Times – State Aid Promised for Border Sewage Problem : Sanitation: Wilson says $900,000 will be used to treat polluted Tijuana River water in San Diego’s municipal sewer system. (March 1991)
  4. The San Diego Union Tribune – Ocean currents mean sewage pollution potential persists (January 2011)
  5. Surfrider Foundation – Tijuana River: The Largest Sewage Spill We’ve Ever Seen (March 2017)
  6. Fox News – Mexican sewage routinely fouling San Diego beaches, ocean waters (March 2017)
  7. The Coronado Times – Marine Life Mortality and Pollution Levels in Oceans (June 2017)
  8. The San Diego Union Tribune – Where does the contaminated Tijuana water flow? Depends on the swell (March 2018)
  9. ABC News 10 – San Diego leaders present $400 million plan to solve Mexican sewage problem (September 2019)
  10. Fox News – Dead body trapped in Tijuana pump station causes 14.5M gallons of raw sewage to spill into San Diego, officials say (October 2019)
  11. ABC News 10 – Trapped body causes 14.5 million gallons of Tijuana sewage to leak into US (October 2019)

Tijuana River Plume Tracker

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Marbo Cave Cleanup Update #4

I decided to drive through the Marbo Cave area one last time and something magical happened that I was not expecting: The Matson Corporation had brought an entire cargo container to clear up trash from the area. It seems that some people do care about that area. Here’s a short video of what I saw and a time lapse of me clearing out a storm drain.

 

Marbo Cave Update V3.0

I’ve put quite a lot of time into trying to clean up the area around and the road leading up to the Marbo Cave. The illegal dumping never seems to stop in this area and unless someone actually receives punishment for some of the following actions there isn’t really much that I can do on my own:

  • Start tire fires
  • Dump large appliances
  • Torching a vehicle to dispose of it
  • Dump large amounts of household trash
  • Dump trash or appliances in the middle of the road

I suppose that I might clear a little more brush out of the area but my time on Guam grows short. I really have no desire to serve as someone’s personal garbage service and would rather do some more work at the only animal shelter on the island: Guam Animals in Need (GAIN). I’ll close this post off with some of the last photos I took of my cleanup in the area. Perhaps one day a group of people will care enough to keep what should be a beautiful area relatively clean? I see a cop car drive through the area once in a while, perhaps they’ll catch a few of the people who are too lazy to find a dumpster?

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The rest of my photos around this area may be found on the full page here.

Muh Roads!

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Don’t you just love it when Proud Party Progs ask about who would build the roads without socialism? Let’s look at what one Ms. Ellen McPhretes had to say on the issue:

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I’ll have more to add later about the glorious comments of Ellen, but for now lets talk about roads maintained by the government. In case you haven’t heard, the El Niño Southern Oscillation is bringing some heavy rainstorms to North America. San Diego (along with the rest of Southern California) doesn’t seem to deal very well with rain. I happen to live in the Midway District and was greeted with a couple feet of water on Midway Drive due to a storm that dropped a half inch of rain.

I just can’t be impressed enough with the job that the City of San Diego is doing with the roads; it’s another shining example of government efficiency. Compared to many other roads in San Diego though, Midway wasn’t that bad and at least passable in a truck with decent ground clearance. Miramar Road and Kearny Mesa Boulevard were covered in four feet at some spots.

One of the big reasons that San Diego floods so easy are poorly maintained storm drains. According to the City News Service:

The City Council’s Environment Committee Wednesday unanimously called for the city of San Diego to declare a state of emergency to help get storm channels cleared before the brunt of El Niño storms arrive.

The committee members pointed to Tuesday night’s lightning-punctuated rainfall as an example of what this winter’s climate conditions might bring. According to the National Weather Service, 1.09 inches of rain fell at Lindbergh Field, a record for the date and already surpassing the November average.

Because of environmental concerns, it’s a laborious process for San Diego to acquire the permits needed to remove vegetation and debris from the city’s 133 miles of storm channels. At a news conference before the committee meeting, Councilman David Alvarez said the State Regional Water Board can take two years to process permit applications for scheduled storm channel maintenance.

Two years to receive permission to clear some garbage, plants, and animals from storm drains. The Democratic People’s Republic of Kalifornia (DPRK) has some amazing laws doesn’t it?

In emergency situations, such as when a major storm is imminent, the city can go to the Army Corps of Engineers to get the necessary permits, the councilman said. However, that has to happen a few days before a storm hits.

He said an emergency declaration could help the city obtain a blanket permit to clear out the most clogged channels well in advance of dangerous storms.

This just keeps getting better and better. Can’t risk killing a random animal right?

David Gibson of the water board said the governor is considering such a declaration, but it’s unknown when it would be issued. He said the agency has expedited city requests in the past and invited San Diego officials to submit permit applications.

The proposed emergency declaration was met with some reluctance from the mayor’s office because of previous litigation.

‘Five years ago, the city declared a state of emergency to clear the Tijuana River Valley and was sued, resulting in years of litigation that postponed maintenance work,’ mayoral spokesman Matt Awbrey said.

‘Doing so again could open up taxpayers to more lawsuits, fines and actually end up delaying work further,’ Awbrey said. ‘We are unable to move faster than state and federal regulations will allow, so the mayor is asking regulators for relief so we can take all necessary actions to prepare San Diego in the event of an El Niño storm event.’

Alvarez and committee member Marti Emerald said the city might get sued, and lose, but in the meantime would be protecting property.

There’s no winning for San Diego; if you clean the storm drains you get sued by the DPRK and lose. If you don’t clean the drains, there’s millions in property damage. Maybe by the time the next El Niño hits the clogged stormed drains will be clear?  The drains that are currently clear will probably be clogged though. With the way that the DPRK is currently going I’m pretty certain the only way to win is to leave the state.

The storm drains and roads may function properly during rain storms at the same time that the water infrastructure is upgraded and repaired.

KPBS-San Diego Leaders Call For State of Emergency To Clear Storm Drains

San Diego Union Tribune-Residents warned city of gaping storm drain hole

San Diego Union Tribune-Heavy rain causes flooding in Pt. Loma, Midway, Mission Valley, Mission Hills (This story is from last spring, one day San Diego will figure it out…)

Voice of San Diego-Storm Drains: The City’s Next Big Financial Drain

 

 

Jerry Brown: Total Loser

Just a few days ago Jerry Brown’s plan to get a 50% reduction in gasoline use, as a part of Senate Bill (S.B.) 350, has been removed from the proposed legislation. The amended S.B. 350 recently passed through the Legislature which still requires that 50% of the California’s electricity come from renewable resources by 2030 along with doubling the energy efficiency of buildings by 2030. Citizen Governor Moonbeam Brown had the following to say about the passage of S.B. 350: “Taking carbon out of the modern economy requires heroic efforts and tireless struggle. SB 350, in both efficiency and renewable energy, ratchets up the California commitment,” and “We have the technological means and now we have the legal mandate to reduce carbon pollution.” At least those of us in the People’s Republic of California get to keep our cars for now.

Governor Brown wasn’t too pleased when he had to have the gasoline reduction mandate pulled from the legislation. Going to progressive websites like ThinkCommunist ThinkProgress one would think that the oil companies and agro-business are wholly responsible for the failure of S.B. 350 in its original form. Does Jerry Brown think that oil companies have bribed the Legislature?  In an article penned by ThinkProgress just before the gasoline mandate was removed the author wrote: “The bill has been receiving the largest amount of pushback, mostly from oil companies, agro-businesses and a handful of moderate Democrats“. Could it be possible that many constituents represented by “moderate Democrats” might also not be supportive of such a mandate? Some of those moderate Democrats simply question how California will reduce its gasoline use by 50% since the legislation doesn’t explain how to reach such a goal. Jerry Brown was unhappy about the removal of the gasoline mandate and vowed to move forward with just the Air Resources Board. To hell with what citizens or the Legislature want. Here’s a clip in Jerry Brown acting like a total loser:

Those living in the Central Valley, unlike those in Silicon Valley or the Bay Area, are not rich enough (on average) to buy a $100,000 perfect Tesla car. Agricultural regions rely on gasoline/diesel powered cars and trucks, not electric cars. I’d love to see an electric car try to tow well, anything would be hilarious really. Unless you’re willing to pay another $20,000 for a battery pack that loses efficiency and capacity long before an internal combustion engine does, it won’t go very far even with just a few passengers. I wonder how far an electric truck could get while towing a 20,000lb fifth wheel trailer? How many deep discharge cycles would it take to ruin the battery? It’s not as if Governor Brown cares about farmers or water storage anyway. What’s more important than water storage and desalination plants is a $60 billion+ choo-choo train that no one is demanding. Let’s here some anti-revolutionary thoughts that some thoughtcriminals are harboring about the religion of Global Warming Climate Change™ and Citizen Governor Brown:

Can you imagine how solar panels, batteries, and money would be required to run the United States off of Solar power? How much would this change if a significant portion of the automobile fleet shifted to electric vehicles? Grid stability problems and other realities don’t matter, solar and wind power will cure everything! It’ll be great as the Ivanpah solar plant that routinely generates power at 1/2 of its rated capacity.

To close this post out, let’s here some more fun rantings from the Citizen Governor:

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German thoughts on the Energiewende and Green Energy

A lot of leftists/greens/socialists would have you believe that green energy is cheap, scalable, and with few downsides, so much so that they can’t ever shut up about it. They just love to cite Germany’s “Energiewende” as an example for all of us to follow, it’s almost as if climate change is their religion. Never mind that Germany’s own government has been forced to accept that the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) is a complete and total failure. Also forget that Germany is burning more coal than ever before, nuclear power is evil and green energy is obviously the only way.

Perhaps it’s all a part of the Green plan? If electricity prices go up enough then we’ll just stop using electricity right? We can all just give up our cars, stop using any electricity, become hunter-gatherers, and live in caves. While we’re doing that, all of the rich celebrity environmentalists will hear of our new found climate faith and fly out in their private jets to watch as we all bow down and worship the Goreacle. It’ll be a sight for the ages.

Let’s ask some Germans what they think about the GroKo. It’s really quite hilarious.

Remember, whenever governments say something is free or cheap it must be true right? You just have to become more generous.

Here’s Angela Merkel and her adivsors admitting that the EEG has failed.

Coming Soon: A Chinese Canal through Nicaragua

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It seems that the Chinese will start construction of a canal through Nicaragua at the end of December. A Chinese business magnate by the name of Wang Jing and his Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Company (NKHD) made an agreement with Nicaragua in June 2013 to build a canal and actually seem to be getting ready to start construction now. Engineers are starting to show up and perform surveys, analyze the soil, and assess environmental impact although the Nicaraguan government already agreed to allow the NKHD to own the land for then next fifty years prior to making any assessments. Chinese contractors have gone to various peoples homes to determine property values, though aren’t required to pay any fair amount for their land. NKHD isn’t even required to actually finish the project nor can it be held responsible under the agreement for anything that goes wrong. The agreement was authorized under legislation that was rushed through the legislature in seven days and no public input for the law occurred. The Nicaraguan Constitution was recently re-written just to allow the agreement and legislation for the canal to pass.

Many Nicaraguans are opposing the plans to build the canal with many of President Ortega’s former supporters and former revolutionaries claiming they are ready to fight the army and police. I find it hard to blame them, they didn’t really have much say in the matter and if anything goes wrong or the canal ends up not being profitable there’s really very little Nicaragua can do about it. I wonder what would happen if the canal is built yet unprofitable or if one of the two active volcanoes along the route goes a little too active? Maybe good ties with Communist China wasn’t such a great idea? What if enough people join the New Contras and actively fight against the government and NKHD? Only time will tell I guess…

The Economist – A man, a plan-and little else

Spiegel Online – The Red Canal: Uncertainties Surround Nicaragua’s New Waterway Project

The Daily Beast – China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution

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