STOP Offshore oil drilling.

This morning, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to expand offshore oil drilling in U.S. waters, threatening recreation, tourism, fishing and other coastal industries, which provide over 1.4 million jobs and $95 billion GDP along the Atlantic coast alone. The order directs the Interior Department to develop a new five-year oil and gas leasing program to consider new areas for offshore drilling. The order also blocks the creation of new national marine sanctuaries and orders a review of all existing sanctuaries and marine monuments designated or expanded in the past ten years.

“Our ocean, waves and beaches are vital recreational, economic and ecological treasures that would be polluted by an increase in offshore oil drilling, regardless of whether or not there is a spill,” said Dr. Chad Nelsen, CEO of the Surfrider Foundation. “With today’s action, the Trump administration is putting the interests of the oil and gas lobby over the hundreds of communities, thousands of businesses, and millions of citizens who rely on the ocean and coasts for their jobs and livelihoods.” 

New offshore drilling would threaten thousands of miles of coastline and billions in GDP, for a relatively small amount of oil. Ocean tourism and recreation, worth an estimated $100 billion annually nationwide, provides 12 times the amount of jobs to the U.S. economy, compared to offshore production. Even under the best-case scenario, America’s offshore oil reserves would provide only about 920 days, or 18 months supply of oil at our current rate of consumption, according to federal agency estimates. 

"Tourism drives our local economy, and the approval of offshore drilling poses a huge threat to the livelihood and quality of life in our beach community,” said Nicole D.C. Kienlen, Tourism Director Bradley Beach, New Jersey. “The effects would be devastating on multiple levels."

Even when there are no accidents, offshore oil drilling seriously pollutes our water and food supply at every stage. The ground penetration, the drilling, the rigs, and the transportation tankers all release toxic chemicals and leaked oil. The standard process of drilling releases thousands of gallons of polluted water into the ocean. High concentrations of metals have been found around drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and have been shown to accumulate in fish, mussels and other seafood.

Fortunately, any attempt by the Trump Administration to revise the 2017-2022 Offshore Drilling Plan will require an extensive review process with multiple opportunities for public input. Surfrider’s grassroots network is both ready and motivated to stand up for the protection of our nation’s coastlines!

Last year, Surfrider chapters on the East Coast played an instrumental role in reversing the Obama administration’s plans to open the Atlantic to new oil drilling. Through raising awareness about the impacts of offshore drilling and building opposition from coastal businesses and communities, Surfrider and our partners prevailed in protecting the Atlantic. Now, we must rally once again to stop new oil rigs off our coasts!

Please join our campaign to stop new offshore drilling off U.S. coastlines. See below to learn how you can take action.

  • Send an email to your federal leaders by completing this action alert.
  • Call your representatives in congress to tell them to oppose new offshore drilling! Find your member's phone numbers here: Senate and House.
  • Come to the Blue Vision Summit on May 9-11 in Washington D.C. to meet with congressional offices click here.
  • Participate in Hands Across the Sand on May 20th to demonstrate grassroots opposition to new oil and gas development click here.
  • Visit Surfrider's Stop New Offshore Drilling campaign page click here.

Solar Power Your RV for Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is an amazing place to visit.  The Joshua Trees are full of buds and ready to bloom.  If you like exploring and climbing massive granite boulders this is a great place to visit.  There are nine campgrounds at the Park.  Most do not have water or power so you have to come prepared.  Generators are allowed but only during limited times.  Since sunshine is very abundant, adding solar power to your RV is the best way to enjoy your stay.

Boondocking Bighorn Style - Receive a 30% Tax Credit

This last week was spent installing a 960 watt complete solar system on a Bighorn 5th wheel trailer at the Surf & Turf RV park next to the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The owners recently retired and are starting a lifestyle of full-time RV living. Their next stop is a campground in Carlsbad that does not have electrical hookups. Four more batteries were added to this 5th wheel for a total of 6 batteries and 6 solar panels. The 3000 watt pure sine wave inverter will convert the battery power to 110 volt household power so all the appliances and receptacles will have power while off-grid. The owners will have to switch the fridge to propane gas while boondocking and will use a portable Honda generator to provide back-up power for those cloudy days or very hot days when the air conditioner must be operated.

Starting this year and continuing until the end of 2016 (unless extended) a 30% tax credit can be taken for installing solar on your second home or RV trailer. Now is the time to install solar on your RV.

Overlander 160 watt battery charging kit installed on a Roadtrek Sportsmobile in Pacific Beach.

The Overlander 160 watt solar battery charger is a great way to keep your batteries fully charged. This 160 watt panel comes with a PWM digital charge controller that insures your batteries are properly charged. It also includes a built-in USB port for charging your mobile devices.

Curator Tom Hathaway Builds Nordberg Steam Stamp

Mining Engineer, Tom Hathaway, is put in charge of assembling a 1900 vintage steam stamp at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry in Colorado Springs (circa 1986.) The Nordberg Steam Stamp came from Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. It was my job to design and build the foundation and assemble the 90 tons of cast iron. Most of the bolts used doubled as bar bells. There were no plans to follow and most of the pieces had partially sunk into the red clay of the front range.

This type of line drawing served as my blue print.

This type of line drawing served as my blue print.

Solar and Surfing Really Do Go Together!

Today I installed two 160 watt solar panels and a PWM charge controller on a 2014 Thor Miramar 34.2 Class A motorhome. The best part of this job was the excellent surf rolling in. The San Elijo State Beach Campground is near Cardiff by the Sea and many of the spots are on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. You can run your generator but only during the day. There is no power at these sites so having a solar system to keep the batteries charged is the only way to go.

Southern Cross 39' Sailboat Solar Project

Today I started working on troubleshooting the solar system on a Southern Cross 39' Sailboat. The boat is docked at a slip on Harbor Island in San Diego Bay. The owner is getting his boat ready for full-time living and requires a solar charging system that will keep his batteries charged while at sea and anchored. Having a boat slip with electricity is not always going to be an option.

Visit Sun Power RV for solar charging options for your sailboat.

Overlander - 160 Watt Panel Installation

Today I went to Carlsbad, CA to install an Overlander Solar Power Kit. The kit includes a 160 watt solar panel, GP-PWM-30 digital Solar Controller, cabling and mounting hardware. The 160 watt solar panel produces 9.14 amps and the digital charge controller monitors the system to prevent over charging the batteries. This kit is available at Sun Power RV. This RV has two new deep-cycle RV/Marine batteries. With just one 160 watt panel and the two batteries, the owner does not have to worry about power unless he wants to run the AC unit (he has an onboard generator for that.) Happy camping!


Go Power! does a brilliant job explaining solar power for your RV.

Sun Power RV offers real customer service with the same low price as Amazon, free shipping, and installation of all the Go Power! mobile solar products.

Planning a camping trip to the beach, Baja or Big Sur California?

Planning a camping trip to the beach, Baja or Big Sur California?

Portable solar power is a great option while beach camping. Installing a complete solar charging system is the best option for frequent weekend outings or full time RVing.