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High-Speed Rail Drives Obama's Transportation Agenda 9.3.2009 Truthout.com

    The Northern Lights Express is little more than an idea - a proposal for a 110-mph passenger train between Minneapolis and Duluth, Minn., that has crept along in fits and starts for years.

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Too many volts 8.3.2009 Gristmill
By Joseph Romm Plug-in hybrid vehicles are certainly the car of the very near future and . And electricity is the only alternative fuel that can lead to energy independence (see ). But I have a long been concerned that General Motors has overdesigned its showcase plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Chevy Volt (see ). Now a major new study by a team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, "Impact of battery weight and charging patterns on the economic and environmental benefits of plug-in hybrid vehicles" (see [PDF]) confirms my basic analysis that plug-ins make sense, but a 40-mile all electric range does not: We find that when charged frequently, every 20 miles or less, using average U.S. electricity, small-capacity PHEVs are less ...
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AUSTRALIA: Eco-acvitist spotlight: Far-north Qld campaigns for public transport 8.3.2009 Green Left Weekly issue #780
Cairns Action for Sustainable Transport formed at the start of last year. CAST advocates a sustainable transport system — urban mass transit, regional rail and bus services and rail freight, all powered by renewable energy, and bikeway and pedestrian access networks. Green Left Weekly’s Jonathan Strauss spoke to CAST activists Renee Lees, Svargo Freitag and Stacey O’Brien about CAST’s aims.
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American Honda Motor Co. Begins Use of Class 8 Hybrid Truck Part of effort to reduce emissions of transport fleet 5.3.2009 ENN Network News - ENN
TORRANCE, Calif., March 4, 2009 – As part of its on-going effort to reduce its global CO2 footprint and fuel consumption, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., (www.honda.com) today became the first company in its industry to introduce a Class 8 hybrid diesel electric truck into its truck fleet at its parts center in Alpharetta, Ga. Built for Honda by Peterbilt Motors Company, the Smartway(SM)-certified* Model 386 hybrid truck is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by almost 45 tons per year, as compared to its diesel counterpart.
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Algal biodiesel -- also a magic pony 3.3.2009 Gristmill
By JMG Robert Rapier has on the prospects for algal biodiesel: [Algal biodiesel] will be subject to the Law of Receding Horizons, which simply means that energy sources that require high energy inputs will always see their point of economic viability pushed farther out as energy prices rise. Remember when oil was $20 a barrel, and oil shale was going to be viable at $40 oil? By the time oil got to $100, I was hearing that it would be viable at $120 oil. This won't stop people from throwing money at algal biodiesel. As John Benemann once said to me "This is a good research project, but nowhere close to commercialization." Somehow, I don't think this is the reason investors are throwing their money in that direction. They are falling ...
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High-Speed Rail on Faster Track 2.3.2009 Truthout.com
North Carolina can upgrade tracks, cut travel time, officials say, with federal stimulus money.

    As President Barack Obama prepares to spend billions on new high-speed train service across the country, North Carolina is positioning itself to be among the first states to get rolling.

    If it wins a healthy share of new federal money, the state will open the throttle on a program of rail upgrades that have already paid dividends in faster travel times and some of the nation's most impressive growth in train ridership.

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Will Stimulus be Enough to Bring High-Speed Rail to America? 28.2.2009 TreeHugger
Rail station in Shanghai, China (photo via ) About a year ago, TreeHugger , an urban designer, New Urbanist and rail advocate. Kunz laid out a pretty convincing case for high speed rail as the solution for a number of problems facing American transportation, including , peak oil (or "energy independence," depending how you look at it), out of control carbo... ...
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After the Financial Crisis, Civil War? 28.2.2009 Truthout - All Articles

    Will the economic and financial crisis degenerate into violent social explosions? Tomorrow, will there be civil war in Europe, the United States and Japan? That's the rather alarming conclusion that the experts of European think tank LEAP/Europe 2020 lay out in their latest bulletin dated mid-February.

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Robots Now Driving Some New York City Trains 26.2.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Mass transit developments abound this week -- this time, it's the most futuristic-sounding item yet. New York subway trains along one line will be driven...
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Volcano Monitoring: Bobby Jindal's Bold New Plan 25.2.2009 Huffpolitics on The Huffington Post
Volcano Monitoring: Bobby Jindal's Bold New Plan
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Subway Map Porn For The Mass Transit Freak 25.2.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I love mass transit. In any city where I get to use a subway, a light rail or a bus system, I spend a lot...
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Promoting Public Transit: I Heart This Subway Map! 25.2.2009 TreeHugger
Image: We like talking about promoting public transit here on Treehugger and at , noting that cities and countries that get it right can create a very positive image that in turn steers more people towards leaving their car at home. So, I was happy to see , a Seoul-based design team, re-thinking railmaps and subway maps. Using bright colours and a big dose of humour, Kim Ji-Kwan and Jin Sol from Hongik University are now in Tokyo t... ...
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The RTD contract 24.2.2009 Rocky Mountain News: Editorials
Slumping sales tax revenues - down 9.7 percent in 2008 compared with 2007 - have already forced cuts in bus and light-rail service from the Regional Transportation District. And with RTD's contract with its union due to expire Saturday, some concessions on both sides probably need to be made.
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COUNTERPOINT: Bus-rapid transit better in these hard times 21.2.2009 Rocky Mountain News: Speakout
Here is a little-known fact to think about when contemplating another tax increase for FasTracks: The Regional Transportation District runs the emptiest light-rail trains in the country.
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Mileage Tax Plan Nixed By Obama 21.2.2009 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will not adopt a policy to tax motorists based on how many miles they drive instead of how much gasoline...
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Raymond J. Learsy: Huffington Post's Bullet Train Bull's Eye 20.2.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The economic recovery bill set aside $8 billion to high-speed rail, yet, the first draft of the economic recovery bill gave scant attention to it.
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5 Great Progressive Moves by Obama That You Might Have Missed 20.2.2009 AlterNet.org: Corporate Accountability and WorkPlace
Here are five significant under-the-radar things to be grateful for in the post-Bush era.
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James Hansen and Coalition to Protest Congressional Power Plant 19.2.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

In a public service announcement released today, Dr. James Hansen, one of the world's leading climate scientists, calls on Americans to join him on March 2nd at the Capitol Power Plant in the largest display of civil disobedience in U.S. history to demand national action on global warming (see: http://vimeo.com/3268481).  

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Ridership for Stoughton Line Falls as Costs Rise 19.2.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

The state's official estimates of ridership for the controversial Fall River/New Bedford rail line to Boston have fallen by nearly a fifth since 2002 while costs continue to swell, according to figures released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). As a result, construction costs for the state's preferred alternative transit plan, which would plow through Massachusetts' largest freshwater wetland, the Hockomock Swamp, will be approximately $800,000 per commuter

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AUSTRALIA: Beat the car — increase public transport 15.2.2009 Green Left Weekly issue #780
Sydney residents of the lower north shore and inner city are increasingly “electing” to drive to work “despite living a relatively short bus ride from the heart of the city”, a report in the February 10 Sydney Morning Herald concluded.
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