Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Campaign for free public transport in Quebec

Réseau pour un transport en commun gratuit - RTCGratuit: "Un bon système de transport en commun n’est pas un privilège, c’est un droit qui découle du droit à la mobilité. Toutes les personnes doivent pouvoir se déplacer dans la ville selon leurs besoins, entre autres pour avoir accès au travail et aux services, peu importe leurs moyens. Le développement de la ville autour de l’automobile a rendu la mobilité dépendante d’un bien de consommation particulièrement coûteux. Un transport en commun accessible est un élément clé de la liberté de circulation."

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Young people just say "NO" to car abuse

Transportation For America: "Three in four say it is likely they will live in a place where they do not need a car to get around. But a majority in all but the largest metros rate their own cities “fair” or “poor” in providing public transportation, and they want more options such as car share and bike share."

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Labor union declares May as Transit Action Month

transitisgreater : "Public transit is facing a crisis in the U.S. and Canada. Service is being cut and fares are being raised. Our wages, benefits and pensions under attack. The rich continue to get richer while working people continue to suffer as the Koch brothers, ALEC, corporations, and their billionaire buddies will stop at nothings to terminate essential public services for hard working people."

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Oil tycoons are beginning to outlaw #publictransit

Motherboard : "The Kochs and their advocates are pumping their dislike of mass transit into a public policy arena in a city where they themselves have little or no actual direct involvement. They're not just trying to keep public transit out of the town they live in—now, in fact, they are trying to ban an entire technological concept as widely as possible.

This, it bears reminding, is the new normal. Political scientists say our government now resembles not democracy, but 'economic elite domination'. So it shouldn't be too surprising that billionaires can influence the cancelation of a bus line in a city halfway across the country—and override the popular opinion that the BRT should go forward."

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Green growth is fake, accomplished by sending pollution elsewhere

Why green growth won’t transform the economy | openDemocracy: "Unfortunately, green growth is a myth, or at least an inadequate response to the challenges that lie ahead. Because it ignores the social, political and personal dimensions of sustainability, it can never cut deep enough into the structures of self and society to secure a solution to the crises that we face.
In some shape or form, green growth is already happening. In Germany, for example, both energy intensity and energy consumption have declined slightly over the past 20 years, while GDP has steadily increased. But Germany has achieved this largely by doing away with lots of its own energy-intensive industries, and outsourcing this part of the supply chain to other parts of the planet - most notably to China. "

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Free is cheaper

We started calculating the costs that could be reduced for a city of 1 million in the US if free public transit were adopted. After 3 categories, it is apparent that only minor reductions would amply pay for the "lost" revenues. We will continue working on the spread sheet, and we may not even have to include the costs of climate change.

The first column is the expense that could possibly be reduced by having free transit.
The second column is the fixed cost from sources such as AAA adjusted for a city of 1 million.
The 3rd column, percentage of savings, is the one to change to see how much is needed to make the bottom line zero or greater. After only 3 categories, and a modest estimate of 5 or 6% savings with free transit, we can easily recover the lost fare revenue.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Energy wars heat up as Russia threatens the petrodollar

The Voice of Russia : "The US dollar's position as the base currency for global energy trading gives the US a number of unfair advantages. It seems that Moscow is ready to take those advantages away.



Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_04_04/Russia-prepares-to-attack-the-petrodollar-2335/"

"There is no such thing as free" -- a misleading play on words

Carfree France : "Because in fact, free is indeed on public transport, at least in twenty cities or towns; indeed talking here free from the point of view of the user, who does not have to pay a ticket or subscription. FNAUT UTP and thus play on words to make believe that "free does not exist" in flagrant contradiction with the facts.

In addition, free does not apply only to public transport. Unless proven otherwise, all French roads are "free", that is to say, they are not paid by motorists who use them. These roads are paid for by taxpayers, so in part by motorists, but also by all those who pay taxes and who do not have a car."

Monday, April 14, 2014

Global crude oil production peaked in 2005

Resource Insights : "...But Texas oilman Jeffrey Brown has been bending my ear recently about looking even deeper into the issue. He makes a major clarifying point: If what you're selling cannot be sold on the world market as crude oil, then it's not crude oil. It's such a simple and obvious point that I'm ashamed to have missed it. And, Brown believes that if we could find data that separates all these other non-crude oil things out, the remaining worldwide production number for crude oil alone would be flat to down from 2005 onward...."

Sunday, April 13, 2014

UN IPCC "solution" is wrong. Dead wrong.

It's simple. We either obey the laws of physics, or we obey the needs of capitalism.

The IPCC took the politically "safe" route of advocating renewables replacing fossil fuels as a solution to greenhouse gas emissions. But as long as capitalism and growth dominate our economics, these renewables will just be consumed in the fire of demand.

To make matters worse, many of them actually create more emissions or just move them somewhere else.

Here is a suggestion for a real solution:

Make cities car-free
Educate all children

This will break the critical mass of the autosprawl system, and encourage falling birth rates.