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Paving a greener California, $40000/mile at a time.

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Many weird ideas come out of California. Painting roads a lighter color to reduce heat in order to combat global warming is a new one. It is well known that paved surfaces are hotter that natural surfaces. So consequentially cities create heat islands through urban sprawl. Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, is a vocal critic of Trump, especially when Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord. Last June, Eric Garcetti was quoted saying:

“Climate change is a fact of life that people in Los Angeles and cities around the world live with every day. It is a grave threat to our health, our environment, and our economy — and it is not debatable or negotiable,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This is an urgent challenge, and it’s much bigger than one person. With the President pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, L.A. will lead by committing to the goals of the accord — and will work closely with cities across America and the world to do the same.”

It appears $40000/mile every seven years is part of the effort for LA to lead the country in fighting climate change.

The Story

LA DailyNews: ‘Cool pavement’ to cut urban street heat gets first California tryout in Canoga Park

“We’re exploring ways to reduce the heat island effect by reducing the absorption of heat in the built environment.”

Street Services, working in conjunction with GuardTop LLC, an asphalt coating manufacturer based in Dana Point, had first tested the cool pavement seal in the Sepulveda Basin.

Asphalt at a parking lot at the Balboa Sports Complex once averaged 160 degrees in summer. After the seal was applied two years ago, company officials say, surface temperatures dropped to between 135 to 140 degrees.

Now, after rigorous testing for durability and wet skid potential, the CoolSeal coating was being slathered across a half block of Jordan Avenue just north of Hart Street near the headwaters of the Los Angeles River.

If the new seal could boost solar reflectivity —and dramatically cool a street lined with two-story apartments in the hottest region of the San Fernando Valley — it could do it anywhere, city officials said.

The experiment will soon be duplicated in 14 other council districts before the end of June. If successful, city officials hope to encourage manufacturers to help develop cool pavement that could be incorporated into a multimillion-dollar drive to fix a backlog of L.A.’s failing streets.

“I’m thrilled to be here. This is a great day for all of us. We look forward to seeing what the results will be,” said Kevin James, president of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works.

A CoolSeal coating could cost an estimated $40,000 per mile and last seven years, city officials said. But that’s subject to change pending pavement innovation.

“We’re going to try to make Los Angeles as cool as possible,” said Jeff Luzar, national sales director for GuardTop, a privately owned firm that has covered coated mostly playgrounds and parking lots. “We’re going to be the coolest island in Southern California.”

Average temperatures in Los Angeles have risen 5 degrees in the past 100 years on account of the heat island effect produced by miles of asphalt freeways, roads, parking lots, roofs and more, climatologists say. In summer, temperatures have risen an average 10 degrees.

In addition, extreme heat days near 100 degrees have risen from two a year in 1906 to 24, while their duration has increased from a few days in a row to heat waves of two weeks, said climatologist Bill Patzert of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

“I’m all for it,” Patzert said of the cooler pavement. “We could certainly stop the rise — and perhaps reverse it.”

Unfortunately, he added, the urban forest across Los Angeles is dying because of insufficient watering during the recent drought. “They can paint the streets gray,” he said, “but when all these trees die, you’ll see a dramatic increase in the heat island effect in the whole Basin.”

My Take

The lack of fiscal responsibility is reason enough that this idea should be thrown out upon arrival. The idea isn’t bad. Reducing city heat does have a public benefit, in the summer. However, $40000 is comparable to a person’s yearly salary. That’s a lot of cash just to paint about one mile of roadway. California has problems and environmental concerns, and these concerns ought to be addressed. But the most pressing concerns are sourced from the fact that California is overpopulated.

California could stand to benefit from more plants as noted in the article. But plants require water, of which California has struggling issues with. California’s booming agriculture requires a lot of water and the entire country would hurt if it went thirsty. This was a foreseeable issue that California is behind on addressing. California should be leading the world in desalinization, thus watering its state and perhaps other states as well. But instead, they would rather focus on high price low reward methods of combating environmental concerns. Environmental policies should keep to a strict cost-benefit analysis. Eric Garcetti needs to learn that unlike climate change, fiscal responsibility should be non-negotiable.

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  1. Public Citizen

    April 11, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Something hasn’t even been touched on in the article, and that is the leaching of asphalt based compounds out of this coating, either through evaporation or dissolved into solution during California’s infrequent rain storms. Any breakdown components that get washed out during rains will go into the groundwater or into the coastal oceans.

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FBN pulls out of Saudi conference, wants unrestricted interview of MBS by Maria Bartiromo

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FBN pulls out of Saudi conference wants unrestricted interview of MBS by Maria Bartiromo

Fox Business Network is the latest media sponsor to pull out of the Future Investment Initiative Conference scheduled to be held in Riyadh from October 23-25. They have also removed show host Maria Bartiromo from her speaking spot at the event, but left the possibility open for her to be added back under one specific circumstance.

If the Saudis let her have an unrestricted interview with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, they will let her attend the event and speak there.

Fox Business Pulls Out of Saudi Conference Amid Khashoggi Controversy

https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/fox-business-pulls-out-of-saudi-conference-khashoggi-1202984667/“Fox Business Network has canceled its sponsorship and participation in the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia. We continue to seek an interview with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman,” the network said in a statement. Fox Business anchor had been scheduled to take part in the event, but will not attend unless there is an opportunity for her to conduct an unrestricted interview with the Saudi leader, according to a person familiar with the matter. The network has been trying to secure such a conversation, this person said.

The conference is hosted by the Public Investment Fund, the Saudi sovereign wealth fund. Dubbed “Davos in the Desert,” the conference was first held last year, and has been seen as an opportunity for the mideast nation to spotlight the modernization efforts of Crown Prince Mohammed.

My Take

The outrage over the disappearance and alleged murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi has sparked many western companies and media outlets to abandon the conference. It’s untenable to attend at this point with so much mounting evidence of direct involvement by the Crown Prince.

The Saudis could go a long way towards clearing their name of charges they deny by letting Bartiromo interview the Crown Prince. At this point, keeping MBS insulated isn’t doing themselves any favors.

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Dave Brat gets a thumbs up from President Trump

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Dave Brat gets a thumbs up from President Trump

When Dave Brat beat Eric Cantor in the 2014 GOP primaries in Virginia, it served as both a rallying cry to Tea Party conservatives that they could beat the Establishment system and also a warning to the Establishment that they couldn’t take any race for granted. Now, Brat is in an extremely tight race to keep his seat.

He just got a nice endorsement from his party’s loudest voice.

My Take

Brat has been one of the most consistently conservative voters in the House. He has helped promote President Trump’s agenda while avoiding selling out to the less conservative elements in the House that have been pushing their moderate perspective ever since taking control in 2010.

Virginia and America need Brat to continue his work as a strong conservative voice that fights both Republicans and Democrats for fiscal responsibility in Washington DC. He has my support.

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Polls show tighter Senate race in Tennessee

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Polls show tighter Senate race in Tennessee

Republican Marsh Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen are in a very tight race according to the most recent poll. Vanderbilt University’s poll is contrary to previous polls showing Blackburn ahead by a good margin. In the Vanderbilt poll, Bredesen actually has a 1-point lead.

Two big stories over the last couple of weeks could be firing up voters. First, singer Taylor Swift came out to address younger voters and encourage them to vote for Bredesen. Then, Project Veritas released a video showing Bredesen staffers and volunteers claiming Bredesen lied about his willingness to vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh.

Phil Bredesen tripped up while lying to get Republican votes

http://noqreport.com/2018/10/11/phil-bredesen-tripped-lying-get-republican-votes/His announcement of supporting confirmation after-the-fact was intended to build support in a state that overwhelmingly voted for Donald Trump in 2016 and backed Kavanaugh’s confirmation. While it may have pulled some people off the fence to land on his side of the tight race, it also made others skeptical about his honesty while alienating a large part of his base.

It isn’t just his base that should worry him. Even campaign volunteers are upset by the announcement.

My Take

This should be a wake up call to Republicans who have been reading too many polls lately. Momentum has been on the GOP’s side ever since the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation, but as many predicted, the news cycle has already shifted. If Republicans hope to keep control of the Senate, they’ll need their voters to be engaged and, frankly, scared.

Passion and fear drive casual midterm voters. Many will still stay home, especially if they think their candidates are going to win without them. Don’t let complacency put more Democrats on Capitol Hill.

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