Sunday, April 22, 2018
In its twelve chapters, this book explores the winning strategies and pitfalls of case studies ranging across the United States, Montreal, Toronto, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Brazil, Poland, China, and Mexico. As much a manifesto as a guide, this explosive book, the first ever on the topic in English, is written for those who want to truly revolutionise their city and move it forward."
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Energy runs economics. The most useful energy is oil. There is a large reserve of easy-to-drill oil under Kirkuk, Iraq.
The world powers have been fighting through proxies to get control of that oil.
The US has no friends left on the ground in the region, and has made defacto alliance with every thug imaginable.
There is a small fake left, who represent no workers, who are largely correct about US crimes, but simply promote alternative bullies.
A thought experiment.
Pretend you are at the top of elites. Is there a mechanism to find out who among the oppressed will violently oppose you?
Well, you know that if you want to chase bugs away, you provide a scent they don't like. But if you want to kill bugs, you provide something that attracts them, e.g. a bright blue light.
This is Antifa. A bright light to attract and kill.
Monday, April 9, 2018
Saudi Aramco signs contracts worth $10 bln to expand U.S. refining: "Saudi Aramco signed agreements with Honeywell UOP and TechnipFM valued at $US8-10 billion for expanding chemical production and potentially building a complex along the U.S. Gulf coast."There will be no "keep it in the ground" until there are no customers.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Friday, March 30, 2018
siberiantimes: "The problem is extensive.
‘Based on satellite data, we have marked 7,000 bulges (pingos) - or even more,' he said.
‘It doesn't mean that every pingo carries danger - but it is still clear that we can draw certain conclusions.'
A dozen new craters have been identified in three years. "
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Alternet: "Which leads to the question: Just who is taking public transit on the free days? If those cities’ citizens are anything like New Yorkers, the folks riding for free are probably the same people who would rather walk or ride a bike than pay nearly $3 to get somewhere."Probably? That's all you got. We have a whole library listing the benefits of public transportation. One of the main ones is more physical activity.
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Paris mayor proposes free public transport to reduce pollution | KTIC Radio: "Valerie Pecresse, head of the Ile-de-France region around Paris and a member of the Conservative Party, criticized Hidalgo, pointing out that “ticket sales bring in 3 billion euros ($3.7 billion) a year.”What is the main objection to the implementation of fare-free public transport? It is the "loss" of revenue from fares. But what is not said is that the reduction in car costs will be far more than the loss of revenue. The list of the externalities, or hidden costs, of the private auto is very long, and represents a lot of money, many millions more that the little bit from payment of public transport fares.
“We need that money,” Pecresse told French Radio Classique, adding that if travelers did not pay, taxpayers would have to do so."
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Ms Hidalgo has launched a study into the feasibility of free city-wide transport, and told French daily Les Echos she wanted to debate the issue ahead of municipal elections in 2020. She told the paper: "The question of free transport is one of the keys to urban mobility in which the place of the polluting car is no longer central"."
Monday, March 19, 2018
But the regime cannot even conquer its own capital city.
Now the US has to be more aggressive, maybe take it down and install another puppet.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018
The idea that using fuels and resources more efficiently leads to greater environmental ruin became known as Jevons Paradox. Oil-fired and electrical driven technologies have honoured the paradox with panache.
Modern economists don’t talk much about Jevons Paradox, but they do admit that the problem exists and refer it to “rebound.” Just when you think you’ve actually solved a problem, shit rebounds on you, they calculate with their math formulas. When energy efficiency wipes out 100 per cent of the energy savings, economists call the rebound a total “backfire.”"
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Now it has spread to the world.
Capitalism has all its eggs in this basket.
They plan to bomb, slaughter, starve, and torture until the whole thing collapses.
Everything else is distraction.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
The aim in Tübingen, he says, is twofold: to lower emissions and reduce travel costs for people on low incomes. A municipal memo reportedly put the cost of zero-fee public transport for all at 14.5 million euros ($18 million)."
Recently some major cities have turned to fare-free public transit to reduce pollution. There are many other benefits as well, and mayors are wondering why they can't have them.
But those who profit from the auto system are many and powerful. Sprawled out homes need many more energy-wasting consumer products.
They have launched attacks in the corporate media against fare-free public transit. What is their best argument? They say it doesn't work, that it attracts people who would have walked.
We have a whole library of links that show the many benefits of public transit. There is plenty of evidence that it generates more physical activity. Over 90 percent of bus riders walk to the bus stop.
The anti-transit forces have no legitimate arguments. We even can show that your city will save more money with fare-free public transit than the "lost" revenue.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Now they have miscalculated in MENA and cannot guarantee control over the last of the cheap oil, the oil in Kirkuk.They cannot control the transmission of gas from the Caspian to the markets of South Asia.
They cannot care for their own people. They fear rebellion and are working hard to promote racism and other divisions.
This is what is driving US policy. Ignore the corporate media. Turn off the TV.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Saturday, March 3, 2018
KBS World Radio: "Seoul City has eventually scrapped its fine dust reduction policy of providing free public transport on buses and the subway during rush hour.Free public transport is much more than clean air. It threatens to break the monopoly that the auto has on moving people. When that happens people will no longer tolerate the huge subsidies needed to keep the auto system going.
This comes two months after the measure was first introduced.
The measure was disputed as wasting municipal budget as it cost nearly five billion won a day for the free rides."
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
On such smoggy days, city authorities also plan on banning the use of wood stoves and cutting automotive speed limits by one third."
German Cities Refuse to Launch Free Public Transport - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency: "Five cities in Germany did not approve the idea of providing free public transport to improve air quality, calling it unrealistic, DPA reported."The automobile provides subsidized profit. Even they will sacrifice health and the biosphere to keep them running. They twist into pretzels finding ways to keep the car system going.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Seoul City spends W4.8b to reduce 0.8 ton of fine dust: "The city government spent 14.5 billion won ($13.4 million) to offer free public transportation during morning and evening rush hours on Jan. 15, 17 and 18 as part of emergency measures to combat high levels of fine dust.Corporate media ignores the fact that pollution exists because of subsidy to the auto system. For them, it is ok to spend tax dollars creating pollution, but "too expensive" to do anything that reduces it.
This means it cost the city 4.8 billion won to prevent 800 kilograms of fine dust, or 6 million won per kilogram."
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
A recent uptick in oil price caused a sudden correction in the stock market, while borrowed billions are spent on wars to keep the oil coming.
The staged school "shootings" are designed to ramp up racism and division. The elites want to divide us into "liberals" who call for more government control, and "conservatives" who want more guns for racist reasons.
They are working hard at dividing and distracting us. They will need us fighting each other when unemployment is suddenly 30 percent.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Saturday, February 10, 2018
I'm not sure from whence the idea of Fare-Free Transit came to me, but I've since discovered that it not only works but works extremely well when implemented with the same vigour as fare-based systems."
Friday, February 9, 2018
Iran launched an attack on PYD/PKK forces — which the U.S. refers to as the “Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)” — in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zour province with the aim of capturing a Conoco gas plant and the Al-Omar oilfield.
The attack reportedly included artillery barrages and rockets."
Thursday, February 8, 2018
E. #Syria: US officials say around 100 pro-Regime forces were killed last night by US Air Force & artillery when they launched an offensive to take strategic Oil Fields from #YPG & #SDF in E. #DeirEzzor. Tanks and vehicles wrecked. pic.twitter.com/DW5x2QbO75— Qalaat Al Mudiq (@QalaatAlMudiq) February 8, 2018
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
This has emboldened Russia and they have allowed their clients to attack a PKK area where US forces are present.
As policy goes from bad to worse, we can expect the US to turn to nuclear weapons soon.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
pipelineoilandgasnews: "Iraqi forces are preparing to launch military action to take control of Hamrin mountain range near the Iran border to secure the transit of Iraqi oil, Reuters reported, quoted officials.
The military operation could start this week, two officials told Reuters.
The area lies between the Kirkuk oil fields and the town of Khanaqin at the Iranian border.
Iraqi oil officials announced in December plans to transport Kirkuk crude by truck to Iran’s Kermanshah refinery."
Monday, February 5, 2018
Those who use public transit don't miss driving. Typically citing convenience and cost, six in 10 riders prefer public transit to other modes of transport.
Americans are giving up their car keys because buses and trains fit seamlessly with the ride-sharing, car-sharing, and bike-sharing services that have revolutionized how we get around.
Consider a survey taken last year of commuters in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. Researchers surveyed 4,500 people about their use of public transit, car-shares, bike-shares, and rideshares. They then identified a subset that regularly uses several of these modes of transportation. Nearly six in ten of these "super-sharers" reported that more often than not, they travel on a bus or a train.
These variations of ways to get around -- public transit among them -- are allowing more households to go car-free, or at least car-lite."
Sunday, February 4, 2018
- New York City
- San Fransisco
- Auckland [candidate]
- Hartford [candidate]
- Mexico City
- many more
Friday, February 2, 2018
Thursday, February 1, 2018
The trend also shows that 1.5°C above preindustrial was crossed back in 2016. This 1.5°C (or 2.7°F) was set at the Paris Agreement as a guardrail that was not to be crossed. The trend further shows that we've meanwhile crossed 1.6°C above preindustrial and we look set to cross the 2°C guardrail within years."
Seoul mayor pushes back on critics and reiterates support for #freepublictransport to fight pollution
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Can Free Public Transit Fix South Korea's Smog Problem? - The Atlantic: "The lure of “free,” the report implied, attracted the “wrong” crowd—the “right” crowd, of course, being wealthier people with cars, who aren’t very sensitive to price changes … Free subway rides entice people who would otherwise walk, not people who would otherwise drive."Studies consistently show that this is false. That public transit users actually walk more.
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Friday, January 26, 2018
KMSP : ""All the Chicago and Detroit riff raff who have moved into 'Welfare-apolis', they are going to get on that train and you know where they are going to end up - at The Depot with yours and yours and yours' granddaughters and grandsons," Ivers said during the forum."Reasons for #publictransit. Fight racism.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
WARSAW – The Polish city of Krakow, where high levels of air pollution have been reached in recent winters, offered on Tuesday free public transport to travelers in a bid to reduce the use of private vehicles, local authorities said on Radio Poland.
The city’s government also called on residents to go outdoors as little as possible due to high pollution levels.
Poland has 33 of the 50 most polluted cities in Europe, with worryingly high levels of airborne particles, according to a report by the World Health Organization published in 2017."
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Public transport is free during rush-hour as of Monday 15 January, in the hopes that car use will be reduced.
The measures were introduced after the average daily density of ultra-fine dust hit more than 50 micrograms per cubic metre, an amount that is considered harmful."
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Saturday, January 13, 2018
- human activity - moving, building, fixing, fighting, maintaining body temperature
- drying peat
- melting permafrost
- melting clathrates (ocean methane)
- soil emissions from agriculture
- forest destruction reducing co2 capture
- reduced ice melt latency
- reduced ice solar reflection
- tectonic activity from ice melt
- tectonic activity from geothermal energy use
Renewables do abolutely nothing to slow growth. Even without fossil-fuel we will cook the bioshere. Only degrowth reduces both heat and emissions.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
The rate of growth, even if it were a steady percent, is still exponential. If emissions grow, for example, 2.3 percent per year, then the amount of carbon in the atmosphere will double every 30 years.
Let's say that emissions are brought to zero. The amount of carbon already emitted is still not being reduced. It stays the same. This is the state which China aspires to reach in 12 years. That means they plan to continue adding carbon until that time.
Many technofixers are saying X reduces carbon emissions. But people read it as X reduces carbon. This needs to be made clear.