Tunnel Is Environmentally Irresponsible: An Inconvenient Truth

The notion of authorizing funds to generate the energy and to expend the energy that would be required to tunnel traffic below Coronado is unconscionable in the current climate of heightened sensitivity to
global environmental issues…to mankind’s impact to the earth… to our carbon
footprint.


How many are the people who recently purchased hybrid vehicles, solar power, and energy saving appliances, whose good-faith efforts at reducing excessive loads on our environment, would be negated by a Coronado
decision to tunnel traffic below ground.
And worse, to learn that the decision would save only a few minutes
worth of driving around a several block area, that temporarily inconveniences a
small number of the world’s most privileged citizens in what is by comparison
to urban environments, barely a pseudo rush-hour traffic volume.


That the citizenry is still even considering a tunnel appears un-informed and irresponsible. That the city council is still waffling on this issue, shows a deficiency in leadership
at a time when leadership is needed most.


How many “carbon credits” will it take to run the tunneling machine, to run the construction vehicles---earthmovers/alphalt layers/backhoes/work trucks? How many
will it take to dig the raw materials from the earth and then to process it
into concrete, steel, and asphalt? How
many to run the ventilation systems and sump pumps inside the tunnels 24/7 forever
to maintain a habitable atmosphere below ground? How many will it take for the maintenance
crews to perform their regular maintenance sustainment tasks, not to mention
the inevitable corrective or upgrade maintenance that will be required on long-term
engineering projects; for example the
Coronado Bridge’s massive earthquake upgrades?


Consider that instead of encouraging more green forms of transportation, the tunnel would instead be encouraging the proliferation of individual passenger vehicles, each contributing their own degradation to the
global environment. Whether gasoline,
electric, or hybrid, each vehicle still needs to obtain energy from some source
that is ever more limited in supply.


Anyone who thinks that Coronado has a traffic problem, needs to get off the “island” and spend more time in the real world. Compared to the 405 freeway and to truly serious traffic problems in high concentration areas like New York, New Jersey, and
Illinois, Coronado has no traffic problem. If it exists at all, it exists only in the
imagination of a small number of temporarily inconvenienced citizens that think
the rest of the world should bear the burden of making their lives easier.


The tunnel is irresponsible and should be summarily removed from further consideration by responsible leadership ---recognizing that the world is not the same place as it was when the tunnel was first
considered, that the world has priorities even human disasters far worthier of action. Consider
that the unanticipated rapid acceleration of sea levels rise could place
some percentage of Coronado under water, even before the tunnel’s lifespan. What then?
Should we begin investing in dykes to hold back the sea?


Just say NO to the tunnel.





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Comment by Councilwoman Barbara Denny on February 28, 2010 at 10:38pm
Thank you for your thoughtful, articulate and responsible opinion on the tunnel, William Bry. Your engineering perspective is enlightening. I value your opinion and appreciate your input.
Comment by John Patrick Mason on March 1, 2010 at 9:36am
"Anyone who thinks that Coronado has a traffic problem, needs to get off the “island” and spend more time in the real world. Compared to the 405 freeway and to truly serious traffic problems in high concentration areas like New York, New Jersey, and
Illinois, Coronado has no traffic problem. If it exists at all, it exists only in the
imagination of a small number of temporarily inconvenienced citizens that think
the rest of the world should bear the burden of making their lives easier."

EXACTLY
Comment by anne pilgrim on March 1, 2010 at 8:48pm
wow-great post.

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