Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Free public transport, an international campaign

New York, London, Shanghai underwater in 50 years?

Resource Insights: "In 1896 Svante Arrhenius, a Swedish chemist, was the first person to realize that human-created fossil fuel emissions might change the climate. He calculated that it would take 2,000 years to double the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The latest calculations suggest a doubling by 2050, only 154 years after Arrhenius' realization. The Hansen research also reminds us that the pace of warming is increasing: "[T]wo-thirds of the 0.9 degrees C global warming (since 1850) has occurred since 1975.""

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Recognizing framing tricks

When you see the phrase "get people out of their cars" -- what do you think?

implications:

  • manipulation, social engineering
  • no threat to car ownership
  • worries for people who are car dependent
  • people, not system, are the problem

Purpose is to turn people against public transit and signal autosprawl bosses the writer is on their side.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

We’re Now Entering the Earth’s Sixth Great Extinction

Earthjustice: "According to a new study published last month in the journal Science Advances, Earth has entered its sixth period of large-scale extinction. Scientists from universities in the U.S. and Mexico found that species are disappearing at a rate 114 times faster than normal. The last time extinction rates were this high was when dinosaurs were wiped off the face of the Earth more than 65 million years ago."


Ecovillage concept a failure

The Ecologist: "Take the Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland, for example, probably the most famous ecovillage in the world.
...An ecological footprint analysis was undertaken of this community. It was discovered that even the committed efforts of this ecovillage still left the Findhorn community consuming resources and emitting waste far in excess of what could be sustained if everyone lived in this way.
...based on my calculations, if the whole world came to look like one of our most successful ecovillages, we would still need one and a half planet's worth of Earth's biocapacity. Dwell on that for a moment."
...Even after five or six decades of the modern environmental movement, it seems we still do not have an example of how to thrive within the sustainable carrying capacity of the planet.
It should be no surprise that the author of the above has no answers to the problems of #climate and #energy since his transport plan is "ride bikes more."

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Oil-dependent areas collapse first

Our Finite World: "We all know one thing that Greece, Cyprus, and Puerto Rico have in common–severe financial problems. There is something else that they have in common–a high proportion of their energy use is from oil."

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.