Ip: Plastic Whale in Last Resort

“How can we celebrate the whales when we’re adding to the destruction of their home in the process?” In the week of the 49th Festival of Whales, primarily sponsored by the City of Dana Point and County of Orange, environmentalists question these agencies’ reluctance to tackle the plastic crisis.

Gage: Setting the Record Straight on Seawater Desalination

Kelley Gage, Director of Water Resources for the San Diego County Water Authority writes that seawater desalination is a tool for coastal communities to consider, and that each community needs to devise its own supply reliability portfolios to determine whether desalination makes sense. SDCWA doesn’t have a policy position or a financial stake in the proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach but wants to make certain the facts at the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant are accurate.

Dobken: People Deserve Facts and a Science-based Discussion Regarding Spent Nuclear Fuel at San Onofre

John Dobken, Public Information Officer at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, writes that Southern California Edison is in the process of moving spent nuclear fuel from wet to dry storage. The reactors at San Onofre nuclear plant were retired in 2013. But attention has been turned to the spent fuel on site. Some are trying to mislead the public about what spent fuel is, and how it’s stored, Dobken argues and Edison is correcting the record.

Sharma: The Invisible Food Waste Problem

Aashna Sharma, a sixth grader from Newport Beach who attends The Pegasus School, writes about the alarming problem of food waste and waste management and how everyone can be part of solving this issue.

Mosko: Finally, a Bill in Congress to Fix Climate Crisis

With just a dozen years left to address climate change before impacts become disastrous, Sarah Mosko writes that Orange County faces real flooding and water table threats, noting that residents should support new bipartisan legislation in Congress to address the climate crisis.

Barajas: City Open Space Shouldn’t Be Tucked Behind Closed Doors

Flor Barajas, Deputy Director at OCCORD, argues that Willowick Golf Course, currently zoned as Open Space, could be developed as a regional park adjourning Santa Ana and Garden Grove. Barajas writes that public lands should not be sold to developers but instead elected officials should protect this asset for future generations.

Boardman: Endangered Species Act More Important Than Ever

The Trump administration is proposing multiple regulatory changes to the Endangered Species Act that will drastically hamper its ability to save threatened species from extinction.  With so many challenges to the natural world, now is the wrong time to make conservation even more difficult by placing additional limitations on the Endangered Species Act.

Oliphant: The Real Incumbent in Irvine

Wesley Oliphant, an Irvine resident from Portola Hills, asserts the real incumbent in Irvine is not Mayor Don Wagner so much as money itself and that big money is more important for reelection than representing residents’ interests. Thus, problems such as traffic in Irvine will never resolved unless there is a change in mind set.