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.

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"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.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Fares are for rationing, not revenue. #freeischeaper

carfree france: "the sale of tickets, represent a very small share of funding for public transport, ranging from an average of 15 % for small towns to 23% for the largest cities of France (1).

In other words, the funding of public transport in France is already provided between 77% and 85% by taxpayers and businesses. Worse, in some cities, ticket sales are lower than the costs of collection (2). This means, hold on tight, as ticket sales and subscriptions do not even cover the material and human costs to sell tickets, compost and control users. In other words, in some cases, charges users to be able to simply check they pay ..."

Friday, April 11, 2014

UN IPCC: #publictransit key to fighting #climatechange

The Guardian: "A draft report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), obtained by the Guardian, says smart choices in urban planning and investment in public transport could help significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions, especially in developing countries."

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Peaceful free-fare movement in Brazil - #tarifazero #passelivre

Don't Privatize and Reduce Public Transit, Make It Free and Expand It

truth-out/buzzflash : "The bottom line, however, is that the developed world economy built on the automobile (especially in the United States and Canada) cannot continue (in its gas-powered form) without virtually ensuring ecological disaster in the coming years.

What the United States and Canada (where the infamous Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has cut down mass transit projects) should be doing is expanding mass transit at the fastest effective possible rate - and charging nothing (or under a dollar) for use of trains and buses in urban areas.  This may violate the philosophical credo of the neoliberal anti-science forces who are leading the planet into doom, but squashing public transportation with privatzation and higher fares - as well as cutting back on it - is a recipe for a toxic Earth."