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Public transportation use in the United States reduces our nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually

masstransitmag: "According to the April APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-car household can save an average of more than $9,312 annually by downsizing to one car. Public transportation drives community growth and revitalization. Show More Summary

Debt accrued during oil boom means all benefits spent well into the future. Price of oil irrelevant.

$50 Oil Doesn’t Work | Our Finite World: "One possibility is that accumulated debt reaches too high a level, based on historical parameters. This seems to be happening now in many parts of the world."

Sudden #climate change becoming more likely as ocean currents change

mongabay : "Scientists are increasingly warning of the potential that a shutdown, or even significant slowdown, of the Atlantic conveyor belt could lead to abrupt climate change, a shift in Earth’s climate that can occur within as short a timeframe as a decade but persist for decades or centuries."

No more cheap oil, "bottom has completely fallen out"

IHS: "“The fall in discovered volumes for conventional oil outside North America, in particular, has been steady and dramatic during the last few years,” said Leta Smith, Ph.D., director, IHS Energy, Upstream Industry Future Service and lead author of the IHS Energy Conventional Exploration and Discovery Trends analysis. Show More Summary

Growth, not fossil-fuels, the real problem.

A lot of people who should know better are joining up to attack fossil-fuel supply. But fossil-fuel suppliers are responding to demand, subsidized demand, but still demand.Capitalism needs growth. But to save the biosphere, people need degrowth. Show More Summary

US spends $11M a day bombing Muslims for oil while #publictransit falls apart

ITS International: ""After decades of inadequate investment, the American public transportation infrastructure is crumbling," said American Public Transportation Association (APTA) chair Valarie J. McCall, who serves on the board of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA). Show More Summary

Humans damaging the environment faster than it can recover, UN finds

The Guardian: "Degradation of the world’s natural resources by humans is rapidly outpacing the planet’s ability to absorb the damage, meaning the rate of deterioration is increasing globally, the most comprehensive environmental study ever undertaken by the UN has found."

Jakarta may get #freetransit

GovInsider: "Public transport in Jakarta could become free with a new road pricing system being implemented, Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama said."

Hyperloops, self-driving cars, billionaire toys to distract you from America's collapse

Motherboard: "All around the country, actual infrastructure that we’ve already built is becoming unusable, and no one is willing to pay to fix the problems. In DC, that could mean long shutdowns for a subway system that shuttles roughly 712,000 people to and from work every single day. Show More Summary

Supply-side action encouraged by eco-delayers

Get Ready for a Wave of Green Civil Disobedience, America | The Nation: "?... environmentalists around the world are staging a series of direct actions against fossil fuel–development projects, to make a statement that energy companies should not be allowed to carry on business as usual while the world burns. Show More Summary

Eloquent call for #freetransit in Barbados "I therefore seek to promulgate a new type of thinking with regards to public transport in Barbados. I recommend a fare-free public transportation system. Others have floated ideas of government/private sector marriage or breaking up of routes to a higher cost to the user. Show More Summary

ISIS the tip of an iceberg

For centuries colonial powers slashed, burned, and looted their way through the world. Even north America felt the sting.When capitalism took over, things got worse.Now the tide is turning. The complex society of capitalism, technology, and cheap energy is no longer sustainable. Show More Summary

Oh no! #climatechange is hurting economic growth! Better do something! : "Economic growth is already being hit, with some regions seeing a 6 percent drop because of water scarcity alone, said Jim."

If you chase after celebrities and billionaires, expect false "solutions"

CleanTechnica: "Musk made reference to the massive subsidies provided to fossil fuel companies every year, a number stated by the International Monetary Fund last year as more than $5 trillion a year. The solution, Musk said, is to place...Show More Summary

Pre-botched #freetransit now in Mexico City to prove it doesn't work

Univision: "To begin with, the action only lasts for three months. Although work superbly, encouraging many more people to ride public transportation, it will be completed at the end of June and everything will be as before. Three months is not enough to create new habits in public transport, or to solve the problem of pollution time."Good idea. Show More Summary

Power of modern weapons landing on civilians for control of oil

The last big reserve of cheap oil is in Kirkuk, Iraq. Control of this oil means tremendous power over the world economy. Cheap oil is oil that gives a lot of energy back for little energy spent -- high net-energy oil. Prices, money,Show More Summary

Parking is subsidized to create more babies. Yes, you read that right.

The Straits Times: "Two writers offer contrasting viewpoints on cars: the first says charging market rates for parking will wean people off driving cars, while the second argues that helping families own cars may boost fertility rates.Cities should be planned for people, not cars. Show More Summary

The real brutality of the #IslamicState

How one man built ISIS's oil network via @benoitfaucon @margaretwsj @WSJ — Georgi Kantchev (@georgikantchev) April 24, 2016

Why Bernie will fail, even if elected

The US is dependent on the private auto, and not just for transportation. The auto is part of autosprawl, a vast system of trillions of dollars in hard, fixed assets: streets, highways, parking lots, cul-de-sacs, pipelines, trucks, tank-trains, refineries, gas stations, and a massive military machine.At the same time cheap energy has peaked. Show More Summary

Salt Lake Tribune: Free transit an idea worth pursuing

Editorial: : "It would require a very broadly cast cost-benefit analysis that would include the value of highways not widened, potholes not filled, work and school days not missed, red air days not suffered through and heart attacksShow More Summary

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