Automotive & Transportation

ForestEthics: Three reasons why we don’t want crude by rail
There are countless reasons why moving explosive oil in unsafe rail cars is, to put it simply, not a good idea. Crude by rail puts our community safety and our landscapes at risk. All that risk, and where’s the reward? That’s the kicker. For you and me, there is none. Here are three reasons why oil by rail is unacceptable in North America.
Tar Sands and Soda? Launching the Future Fleet Campaign
by Michael MarxHuff Post Green
Sierra Club has a long and successful history mobilizing our two million-plus members and supporters to push government leaders to protect our health, air, water, land, animals, and climate. Corporations have a tremendous impact on all of these.
Corporations and carpools
by Tim Redmond SFBG
I absolutely love this story: A Marin activist named Jonathan Frieman, who runs a small nonprofit corporation (the JoMiJo Foundation) was driving in the carpool lane on highway 101 in Marin when he was stopped by a cop and given a $478 ticket. Ah, but Frieman insists he wasn't driving alone; beside him in the car were the articles of incorporation and other relevant corporate paperwork for his foundation — and in the United States, corporations are considered people. In fact, the California Vehicle Code refers to “natural persons or corporations.”
Don't Let Auto Dealers Sell Us a Lemon!
The historic new fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks that President Obama announced this summer will cut America’s oil dependence, curb global warming emissions, and create nearly 500,000 new jobs. So why are automobile dealers opposing them? The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) is already in Washington, DC, trying to get Congress to stop this proposal from taking effect. Tell your state’s NADA director to support new clean car standards that will clean up our cars, our air, and create new jobs today! Personalize your letter for maximum effect! Tell your state’s NADA director what clean car standards mean for you and your family. Click here for more information on this issue.
The Serengeti – Why We’re Not Celebrating
Serengeti Watch
Those who believe that we’ve stopped the Serengeti highway and achieved a great victory need to step back and look again. Unfortunately, some in the media have claimed a great victory for conservation, believing that plans for a road across the Serengeti have been stopped. Some conservation organizations have diplomatically praised President Kikwete for his wisdom.
RELEASE/VICTORY! Ecological Internet Successfully Leads in Protection of the Serengeti Wildlife Migration
The Tanzanian government has cancelled for now a road that would have cut through the northern portion of the Serengeti National Park [search]. The road would have threatened the entire ecosystem and cut the migration routes of wildebeest, elephant, antelope, zebra and much other magnificent wildlife. Serengeti's migrations are one of the natural wonders of the world.
Their Dirty Deeds Are Done Dirt Cheap
by Chris Hagerbaumer OEC
Despite slick ads claiming they’re investing in a clean energy future, oil companies continue to pour billions of dollars into dirtier fuels, like tar sands, and run roughshod over communities far and near. Although no oil is drilled or refined in Oregon, our grandest river, the Columbia, has become an industrial corridor for heavy, oversized equipment being shipped from Asia to expand the Alberta Tar Sands in Canada.
Do Roads Pay for Themselves?
by U.S. PIRG Education Fund, January 2011 PolicyInnovations
Highway advocates often claim that roads "pay for themselves," with gasoline taxes and other charges to motorists covering—or nearly covering—the full cost of highway construction and maintenance. They are wrong.
Paving the Path to Sustainable Connections
by AlexWiseSeaChange
This week on Sea Change Radio, a more ecological solution for paving driveways and parking lots, and a social networking site specifically for people working to make the world a more sustainable place.
Webinar on Exxon Heavy Haul Plan for the Pacific Northwest
* HeavyHaul 101 – what is the plan and why is it so harmful? * Connection to the Alberta Tar Sands * Strategies and Activities Opposing Exxon – litigation, political advocacy and grassroots mobilization
Pact With the Devil: A New Fossil Fuel Energy Boom May Be Our Ultimate Undoing
by Yale Environment 360 / By Keith Schneider Alternet
The most direct path to America’s newest big oil and gas fields is U.S. Highway 12, two lanes of blacktop that unfold from Grays Harbor in Washington State and head east across the top of the country to Detroit.
One Day After 462,000 Gallon Spill in Texas, Only 10% Oil Cleaned Up
by Brian MerchantTreeHugger
A massive oil spill occurred in Texas on Sunday when an oil tanker collided with two (!) barges.
U.S. Car Fleet Shrinks For First Time in 50 Years, Report Says
The number of cars on U.S. roads dropped by 4 million in 2009, the only large decline in the nation’s car fleet since the government began keeping records in 1960.
Cargill and the Priest: Priest Stands Up Against BigAg and Deforestation
by Polly CookCommon Dreams
Father Edilberto Sena arrives at Rural Radio station and takes up his position behind the microphone. He reaches into his pocket and pulls out his script for today's show. One question is scribbled on it for the daily debate: ‘Why is this happening?'
Pushing Uncle Sam to Be an Activist Investor
by Phil MatteraDirtDiggers Digest
Now that it’s becoming clear that the federal government will end up owning nearly three-quarters of the shares in General Motors, the question is: What kind of owner will Uncle Sam be?
Stop This Train! The Technological Regress of Passenger Rail
There is an article by Tom Vanderbilt on that makes some surprising—and depressing—observations about the state of modern passenger rail travel in the U.S.
Don't let TATA terminate the turtles
Merriam-Webster has this entry under 'ta-ta'; Etymology: baby talk-used to express farewell. That's apt, considering that the TATA corporation could soon be making us say goodbye to of one of India's largest marine reserves - Gahirmatha, and with it one of the world's few remaining Olive Ridley turtle nesting grounds.
Driving It Home: Choosing the Right Path for Fueling North America’s Transportation Future[PDF]
by Natural Resources Defense Council *Western Resource Advocates * Pembina Institute
North America stands at an energy crossroads. With the world fast approaching the end of cheap, plentiful conventional oil, we now face a choice: to develop ever-dirtier sources of transportation fuel derived from fossil fuels—at an even greater cost to our health and environment—or to set a course for a more sustainable energy future of clean, renewable fuels.
GM Chief Booted in Bailout Deal
GM CEO Rick Wagoner resigned Sunday, apparently at the request of the Obama administration as part of a larger bailout agreement. The ouster of the man who gave us the Hummer wasn’t entirely unexpected. He spent the last eight years driving the world’s biggest car company into a ditch. Now if only we could apply this logic to the banking bailout.
U.S. Increases Auto Mileage Standard for First Time in 25 Years
The Obama administration has announced the first increase in mileage standards for cars and light trucks in 25 years, a 2-miles-per-gallon bump over the 2010 industry average that officials call a first step in meeting a federal initiative to cut back carbon emissions and reduce the nation's reliance on foreign fuels.
Rights groups say child sex abuse rampant in tourism industry [Indonesia]
by Monstersandcritics.comBHRRC
Sexual exploitation of children in the tourism industry is rampant in southeast Asia despite efforts to curb the crime, child-protection groups said
Washington Highways Polluting Puget Sound and Endangering Salmon
Puget Soundkeeper Alliance today challenged a permit allowing stormwater runoff from Washington state highways to pollute bays, harbors, rivers, lakes and streams.
White House confirms auto task force
by David SheperdsonDetroit News
The White House confirmed Monday it is naming a Presidential Task Force on Autos, rather than an auto czar to oversee the restructuring of General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC.
State-of-the-Art REVA Electric Car Factory Planned in India
New Factory Boasts Electric Buses, Solar Power, and Rainwater Harvesting. It may have made Michael's list of the ugliest eco-cars, and it's hardly one of the super sexy new breed of electric sports cars. But the REVA (or G-Wiz as it is known in the UK) is a rare thing - an electric vehicle that is affordable, and is being used on the roads in increasing numbers.
Missing the Train on the Recovery Package
by Paul Loeb and Deron LovaasHuffington Post
Our new President and Vice President rode the rails to D.C., echoes of history in the air. Obama's deliberate choice of a train for his inaugural journey and Biden's famed love for Amtrak raise hopes that the new Administration will make public transportation a priority.
Concessions Foreshadow a Tough Year for Unions
by Kris MaherWSJ
Unions are forgoing previously negotiated wage increases and reopening contracts early, as they face pressure to help private and public employers conserve cash in the recession.
Ssangyong workers weigh strike amid reports of mass layoff plan
Unionized workers at Ssangyong began voting Monday on whether to strike if management demanded mass job cuts as part of a restructuring of the ailing South Korean automaker.
Dim Christmas spirits in Detroit
by  Paul Eisenstein BBC
But the holiday lights - the ones people have bothered to put out - seem dimmer than usual, reflecting the mood of the few folks you see at the department stores normally packed wall-to-wall in the final days before the holidays begin.
Public transport up!
The number of Americans using public transportation continued to increase during the third quarter of 2008, even as gasoline prices dropped sharply and unemployment soared, according to a survey by the American Public Transportation Association.
Three Plans to Rescue the Economy and the Earth with Public Transportation
by Jesse FoxTreeHugger
Change is definitely in the air these days. President-elect Obama is putting together his plans for some sort of New Deal-like program, which he has said will include massive investments in building public institutions like schools, renewable energy and infrastructure.
Global Warming Opens Northwest Passage
by Josh PetersonTreeHugger
Climate change is making the impassable passable. The legendary and treacherous Northwest Passage, once believed to be unnavigable by larger ships, has been successfully traversed by a commercial cargo ship. Satellite photos had shown the passage to be open as early as 2007, but it wasn't until a few days ago that the navigability of the route was empirically proven.
LA Port Project Brings Unusual Merger of Union Bosses and Environmentalists
by Evelyn Larrubia LA TimesOCA
The Clean Trucks program has brought about an alliance between union leaders and activists in an attempt to clean up the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports. But some truck drivers are unhappy...
Thinking Anew About a Migratory Barrier: Roads
by Jim RobbinsNYT online
Dr. Chris Servheen spends a lot of time mulling a serious scientific question: why didn’t the grizzly bear cross the road?
Maritime Organization Seeks to Cut Air Pollution From Oceangoing Ships
by Felicity BarringerNYT Online
The International Maritime Organization on Thursday adopted stringent new controls on airborne pollution from the world’s 300,000 oceangoing vessels.
State rail projects get boost as driving declines
by Larry O'DellCitizen
The federal government is chipping in nearly $30 million for 15 passenger rail projects across the country as Americans continue to drive less and take the train more, U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said Tuesday.
NRDC Joins Aviation, Energy and Academic Leaders to Accelerate Development and Availability of Sustainable Biofuels
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has joined Boeing (NYSE:BA), some of the world’s leading airlines, and Honeywell’s UOP, a refining technology developer to establish a group that will accelerate the development and commercialization of sustainable new aviation fuels.
Federal Court Rules Clean Air and Wildlife Must Come First in America's Oldest National Park
Earth Justice
A federal court ruled today that the Bush administration's decision authorizing snowmobile use in Yellowstone National Park violates the fundamental legal responsibility of the National Park Service to protect the clean air, wildlife, and natural quiet of national parks.
U.S. Food and Water Supply Poisoned by Perchlorate
by Joanne WaldronNatural News
According to a report by the Organic Consumers Association, a toxic chemical that is a byproduct of rocket fuel is rapidly poisoning the food and water supply in the United States. Known as perchlorate, this chemical has been found in 93% of the nation's milk and lettuce supply in a recent FDA study. It has also been found in the drinking water for at least 22 states at extremely alarming levels. Perhaps the scariest statistic is that perchlorate has been found in the breast milk of 97% of the mothers who were tested.
In US, gas prices mean more riders, fewer buses
by Ivan MorenoAP
High gas prices almost killed the lifeline to the city for a group of mountain commuters.
Shipping Costs Start to Crimp Globalization
by Larry RhoterNew York TImes Online
When Tesla Motors, a pioneer in electric-powered cars, set out to make a luxury roadster for the American market, it had the global supply chain in mind. Tesla planned to manufacture 1,000-pound battery packs in Thailand, ship them to Britain for installation, then bring the mostly assembled cars back to the United States.
Prius Envy and the Greening of Wal-Mart: A Blind Spot for the Human Cost
by Conrad
Can it be that our green heroes Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt care about the cachet of owning a Prius but not about the abused workers making these feel-good cars?
Dark Side of the Tourist Boom: Cruise Ship Controversies Cross Borders
by Kent Paterson, Special to CorpWatchCorpWatch
Environmental and community activists in the Mexican Pacific resort of Zihuatanejo recently celebrated the cancellation of a cruise ship terminal that would have accommodated two thousand-foot “floating hotels” at once.
The Auto Industry Push for Weaker Fuel Economy Standards
(July 2, 2008) – Auto industry comments submitted yesterday asking the Bush administration to weaken fuel economy standards below levels the industry previously acknowledged it could meet are a brazen attempt to undermine the intent of the law passed by Congress late last year, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
Transportation of Chemical Weapons Makes Report
Cehmical Weapons Working Group
In its June 2008 "Semi-Annual Report to Congress" the Pentagon has again resurrected the concept of transporting chemical weapons across state lines, a practice currently prohibited by federal law, as a way of shortening the weapons disposal schedule.
New Analysis Reveals Comprehensive Approach to Saving Money on Gas Today
Natural Resources Defense Council
A new analysis from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) shows that keeping vehicles properly maintained, driving smoothly and using transportation alternatives one day per week can save the average driver about $800 on gas per year.
No Tankers! Robert Bateman - Not a pretty picture
Dogwood Initiative
For over 35 years the coastal waters of BC have been protected from oil tanker traffic. This ban on tankers is now under threat. Plans to build pipelines and a supertanker port in Kitimat by Enbridge are moving forward with support from the BC and Canadian governments. But there is still time to save our coast.
Southwest Airlines, FAA accused of falsifying safety reports
by Dave MichaelsThe Dallas Morning News
Officials for Southwest Airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration "falsified the report" that said the airline had come into compliance with rules for crucial safety inspections for jets, according to records released by a U.S. House committee.
BP's Rebranding: Coloring Public Opinion?
by Gregory Solman Adweek
You'd think sinking billions into alternate energy would earn any corporation a "green" thumbs up. But if that corporation is also the world's second-largest producer of fossil fuels, there's a lot more explaining to do.
Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen's Guide to Community Supported Agriculture, Revised and Expanded
by Elizabeth HendersonBuy at Powells and Support CEI
To an increasing number of American families the CSA (community supported agriculture) is the answer to the globalization of our food supply. The premise is simple: create a partnership between local farmers and nearby consumers, who become members or subscribers in support of the farm. In exchange for paying in advance—at the beginning of the growing season, when the farm needs financing—CSA members receive the freshest, healthiest produce throughout the season and keep money, jobs, and farms in their own community.
VICTORY! Liberian Supreme Court Decision Approves Union Election
After a lengthy strike by workers on a rubber plantation owned by the Firestone Natural Rubber Company in Liberia, the Supreme Court of Liberia ruled today that recent union elections held in July 2007 on the plantation were indeed legitimate.
The Quest for a Car, Sans Arbitration Clause
by Stephanie MencimerMother Jones Online
So, my family's car-buying saga continues. Last we left off, my husband and I had walked away from purchasing a used Volkswagen Passat station wagon to replace our 15-year-old Honda Accord, rather than sign a contract waiving our right to sue the car dealer and finance company in court if they ripped us off.
House Reaches Historic Breakthrough on Fuel Economy
Union of Concerned Scientists
On Friday, November 30, House leaders announced an agreement that represents the first meaningful improvement in vehicle fuel economy in more than 30 years. The agreement would raise fuel economy standards of America's cars, light trucks and sport utility vehicles to an average of at least 35 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2020, a 10-mpg increase over current levels.
UAW Says National Strike Is About Job Security for Its Members
by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann DurbinAP Auto Writers
UAW officials said the 73,000 UAW members who work at about 80 U.S. facilities for the nation's largest automaker didn't strike Monday over what many thought would trip up the talks: A plan to shift the retiree health care burden from the company to the union. They said they also didn't strike over wages.
ON THE COMMONS: The Highwaymen
by Daniel Schulman with James RidgewayMother Jones
Why you could soon be paying Wall Street investors, Australian bankers, and Spanish builders for the privilege of driving on American roads.
Carbon Offset Companies Using Enron Style Accounting
by Andy Rowell
A new report from Climate Trade Watch, which is affiliated to the Transnational Institute, accuses carbon offset companies of using the same sort of ‘future value accounting’ that caused the collapse of energy giant Enron.
Staying Home How Ethanol will change U.S Corn Exports
by Heather Schoonover, Mark MullerInstitute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
December 1st, 2006


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