Tuesday, June 30, 2015

U.S. Mayors alarmed as #autosprawl profiteers run US cities into the ground

transportation.gov : "When the residents of our cities can't get where they need to go without crossing a structurally deficient bridge, that's a problem mayors need to solve.  When businesses can't get access to the deliveries, markets, customers, or employees they need to grow, that's a problem mayors need to solve."

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Poland has figured out that #freetransit is cheaper than fares

Free public transit saves your town much more money and headache than the loss in fare revenue. The people of Poland have figured this out and town after town is adopting the idea.

More about #freetransit in Poland.

Why free is cheaper, we have the numbers.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

via @nafeezahmed, US-Saudi desperate power grab as cheap oil runs out

Middle East Eye: "Since 2000, this has meant that the oil industry’s investments have risen by 180 percent, generating a puny global oil supply increase of just 14 percent – two-thirds of which comprises unconventionals.

Therefore, Saudi Arabia’s accelerated supply output to keep prices low cannot last for long. In 2012, a Citigroup report predicted that more and more of Saudi oil production would be allocated to meeting rapidly rising domestic electricity demand, forcing Saudi Arabia to increasingly reduce its exports.

By 2030, within just 15 years, the kingdom’s exports would drop to zero, making it a net importer. The report thus showed that Saudi Arabia’s capacity to maintain its high level of exports onto global markets is likely to end well before then in coming years."

Thursday, June 18, 2015

It's all about demand

Are you involved in supply-side activism? For example:
  • stopping pipelines
  • protesting drilling
  • opposing big box stores
  • promoting "renewables"
Time to rethink. What goals not only reduce demand, but also change lifestyle to make that reduction permanent? Here is what free transit does.
  • increases demand for transit
  • makes urban living more attractive
  • reduces demand for fossil-fuel
  • exposes the fraud of sprawl subsidy
People will move the city, focus on education instead of creating more farm-hands, and birth rate will fall faster. End result - less-painful degrowth.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Western powers panic as #Islamicstate gets closer and closer to "their" oil.

Bloomberg Business: "Islamic State strengthened its hold in central Libya, seizing territory near the country’s largest oil terminal, as the United Nations warned that time is running out on its efforts to broker a deal among warring factions."

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

US people cannot afford cars, creating new debt bubble

Zero Hedge: "Average loan term for new cars is now 67 months — a record.
Average loan term for used cars is now 62 months — a record.
Loans with terms from 74 to 84 months made up 30%  of all new vehicle financing — a record.
Loans with terms from 74 to 84 months made up 16% of all used vehicle financing — a record.
The average amount financed for a new vehicle was $28,711 — a record.
The average payment for new vehicles was $488 — a record.
The percentage of all new vehicles financed accounted for by leases was 31.46% — a record."

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

If autosprawl companies are worried about car-sharing, imagine what they think of #freetransit

Carmakers need to fear for their lives—and it’s not just about getting electric cars right - Quartz: "When you put the two together, you get urban-dwellers tooling around in shared, autonomous vehicles, and—reckons Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor—buying far fewer cars. Ford has said the company is already having to adapt because of shared driving, and predicts that autonomous functions just short of self-driving will be installed in most vehicles within five years."


Monday, June 1, 2015

Free Public Transport - Southeast Asia

Free Public Transport - Southeast Asia: "paultan: "The Selangor government is set to begin its free bus service in Shah Alam, Subang Jaya and Klang this coming July. The public service is expected to help alleviate ever-worsening traffic conditions and provide transport alternatives to around 24,000 residents in three of the aforementioned townships"
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Government 9/11 claims contradicted by factual evidence

The 9/11 Consensus Points | Consensus 911: "The official claims regarding 9/11 are contradicted by facts that have been validated by a scientific consensus process, and which include the following points of “best evidence”."


Saturday, May 30, 2015

The fall of Saudi Arabia to #IslamicState will be sudden, like Mosul

ISIS Sets Its Sights on Saudi Arabia, and That’s Bad News for Washington - Defense One: "What these attacks say is that Riyadh doesn’t have the comforting control over its land that Americans like to believe it does. And if the royal family doesn’t have its territory as buttoned down as Washington assumed, what other weaknesses has it been masking? What other vulnerabilities are now on view?"