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.
Corporations and carpools
by Tim Redmond
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.
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The Serengeti – Why We’re Not Celebrating
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.
Their Dirty Deeds Are Done Dirt Cheap
by Chris Hagerbaumer
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
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
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.
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.
White House confirms auto task force
by David Sheperdson
, Detroit 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 Lovaas
, Huffington 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.
Dim Christmas spirits in Detroit
by Paul Eisenstein
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.
Global Warming Opens Northwest Passage
by Josh Peterson
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.
U.S. Food and Water Supply Poisoned by Perchlorate
by Joanne Waldron
, Natural 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.
Shipping Costs Start to Crimp Globalization
by Larry Rhoter
, New 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.
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).
No Tankers! Robert Bateman - Not a pretty picture
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.
BP's Rebranding: Coloring Public Opinion?
by Gregory Solman
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 Henderson
, Buy 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.
The Quest for a Car, Sans Arbitration Clause
by Stephanie Mencimer
, Mother 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 Durbin
, AP 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 Ridgeway
, Mother 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.
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