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Pedal Power solutions to petroleum dependence and polluting vehicles: Arcata Library Bikes, Pedal Power Produce, and more!

CAOE - Committee Against Oil Exploration - stop offshore oil drilling to protect sensitive habitats and cut petroleum dependence.

Culture Change through music! The Depavers eco-rock!

Take our Pledge for Climate Protection and learn about the Global Warming Crisis Council.

SEI hometown action!
Arcata city council's proclamation against war on Iraq and Kyoto Protocol proclamation.

Overpopulation has become a reality.  Overpopulation Resources and News Tidbits

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Redwood Coast Threatened by Bypass Proposals

by Jan Lundberg

Please join us in telling CalTrans “No! to more Highway 101 bypasses and four-laning in Humboldt and Mendocino counties in Northern California.”

Two forested areas are being considered for bypasses, one in each county, that would kill thousands of redwoods to accommodate more motor vehicles and sprawl.

Send comments ASAP via email to CalTrans, at

A third bypass project would be around the Mendocino County town of Willits. A four-lane freeway has been on the books since the 1950s, deeply dividing the community. The road’s impacts would be on local businesses, quality of life, and nearby natural habitats.

US Highway 101—a corridor for pollution through hundreds of towns from the Oregon border south to Los Angeles—also serves as Willits’s main street, dumping traffic and trucks onto the community’s main commercial thoroughfare morning, noon and night. Yet the bypass would be more disruptive to residents and business owners who fear a draining of local commerce and jobs away from downtown and out to new establishments at the bypass interchanges.

With only 7,000 vehicles a day of through traffic, some town residents and business owners have proposed a smaller version of the bypass, a two-lane road designed mostly for trucks and longer haul passenger traffic. Yet both CalTrans and Mendocino County government defend plans for a $117 million freeway. Officials cite engineering design standards, safety concerns and the state’s “route concept report” for a continuous 4-lane facility for the entire length of Highway 101. A freeway style bypass, they say, will anticipate future traffic that could climb to 14,000 vehicles a day by 2020.

But the time has come to question whether bigger bypasses are really better. “This is Caltrans trying to shape the community to accept a traditional four-lane freeway,” explains David Drell, of the Willits Environmental Center. “They still want it to be the north coast I-5.” For more information, contact David Drell at the WEC, 707-459-2643.

Arcata-Eureka 101 battle
Citizens of northern Humboldt County, who would get more traffic from the three new southern bypasses, are trying to reject expansion of the four-lane 101. The county establishment and its CalTrans buddies want interchanges south of Arcata, such as below the nature preserve at Indianola.

Alliance for a Paving Moratorium publicly questioned CalTrans about “ancillary” issues such as oil reserves and global warming, and the agency wrote back as if Al Gore were the concerned, aware author. Regardless, paving must go on! (?)


Articles of interest:
Anti-globalization protest grows, with tangible results.  WTO protests page

Tax fossil-fuel energy easily
by Peter Salonius

UK leader calls War on Terror "bogus"

Argentina bleeds toward healing by Raul Riutor

The oil industry has plans for you: blow-back by Jan Lundberg

It's not a war for oil? by Adam Khan

How to create a pedestrian mall by Michelle Wallar

The Cuban bike revolution

How GM destroyed the U.S. rail system excerpts from the film "Taken for a Ride".

"Iraqi oil not enough for US: Last days of America?"

Depaving the world by Richard Register

Roadkill: Driving animals to their graves by Mark Matthew Braunstein

The Hydrogen fuel cell technofix: Spencer Abraham's hydrogen dream.

Ancient Forest Protection in Northern California . Forest defenders climb trees to save them.

Daniel Quinn's thoughts on this website.

A case study in unsustainable development is the ongoing crisis in Palestine and Israel.

Renewable and alternative energy information.

Conserving energy at home (Calif. Title 24)



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