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Daniel Coffey

Daniel Coffey is a 22-year attorney with a chemical engineering undergraduate degree from University of California, Davis. A former appointee to the San Diego Park and Recreation Board, Mr. Coffey follows San Diego politics closely as an active member of the community.

On San Diego

On May 24, the “Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ Of The Holy Father Francis On Care For Our Common Home” came available. It stirred controversy, especially as it gave solace to those wishing to limit excessive releases of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere in order to avoid further grave harm to our common home.

The National Aeronautic and Space Administration has a wonderful outreach and information service as part of its highly instructive websites. That service includes periodic emails containing links to photographs taken from space and, in particular, photos of Earth with many spectacular natural and manmade physical features.

“Utility of the future” is a phrase with the imaginative sound of a MacGuffin, a movie or literary plot device that motivates or drives the action, but it’s now the real and central objective in James Avery’s working life as an executive officer of San Diego Gas and Electric.

On May 5, Sierra Club California (SCC) again rejoiced at staving off necessary changes in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and announced its success.

Everyone enjoys a hyperbolic statement once in awhile, but let’s face it, we risk the possibility of overworking terms that should be reserved for more worthy events.

Genesis 1:26: “And God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.’”

On April 30, Gov. Jerry Brown “joined top federal officials to unveil plans that accelerate restoration of the Delta's ecosystem and fix the state's aging water infrastructure.” I count this as good news, reminded that this particular water war has been raging for decades.

Money changes everything. When environmental organizations take funds from specific commercial interests and take policy positions advantageous to those interests, it brings into question the thoughtfulness and wisdom of any announced environmental stewardship and advocacy.

Michael Lewis, author of the remarkable 2014 book “Flash Boys,” recently wrote an excellent piece in Vanity Fair about the efforts to discredit him by some of the groups he exposed.

Lester Brown leads the Earth Policy Institute (EPI). Its publications may be found at earthpolicy.org. For decades Brown has examined the world’s energy and resource landscape using the rules of mathematics and science as altered by intervening human nature, agencies and actions. His views are well worth the time to carefully consider.

Dare to imagine the economy of California with vanishing water supplies and little agriculture.

Over the past 10 years, many have offered up the attractive, if fanciful, notion that solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind power renewable energy systems will provide long-term opportunities for increasing jobs when compared to established or traditional fuel-based energy systems that use coal, oil or natural gas.

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