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Are Minnesota United's owners looking at alternative stadium sites — outside Minneapolis? 28.5.2015 MinnPost
The comment was delivered in an almost off-handed manner, at the end of a two-hour panel discussion on the future of professional soccer in the Twin Cities. Nick Rogers, the president of Minnesota United, the organization awarded an expansion franchise in Major League Soccer, was summarizing the reasons why Minneapolis would benefit from having the team and a stadium in the city when he touched on what would happen if the owners failed to make their case. “Minneapolis might say to us, ‘We don’t want you here.’ And then we’ll have to assess our options and figure out where is there a community that wants us,” Rogers said. “That’s important. It’s important that the community wants us to be there.” Those who have been witness to previous stadium/arena wars both locally and nationally know the threat to go elsewhere — to deny teams for cities that balk at tax breaks and other subsidies a team they might love — is a common tactic. But in this case, the owners have limited options. They have franchise rights ...
10 Steps to Achieve the US Emissions-Reduction Target 27.5.2015 WRI Stories
The United States is the largest economy and the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, so the world can’t avoid the worst impacts of climate change without U.S. leadership. The Obama administration stepped up to this challenge by setting a goal to reduce U.S. emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. So is this target achievable? Our new study finds that it’s possible for the country to meet this target even without Congressional action, but only if it... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Hidden Costs From Our Dependence on Fossil Fuels 25.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
If you have ever visited Santa Barbara, it is absolutely beautiful -- except for the oil rigs visible offshore. In 1969 one of those rigs had a blowout that caused 4.2 million gallons of oil to spill. At the time it was the biggest disaster in U.S. waters. Subsequently, the Exxon Valdez spill off Alaska and the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010 put it in third place. It killed an estimated 3,500 sea birds and an incalculable number of marine animals and fouled the undersea vegetation, which in turn caused untold damage to the food chain for many years. The Latest Spill Just last week, on May 19, a pipeline rupture caused over 100,000 gallons to spill into Santa Barbara waters. The channel where the spill occurred is where warm water from the south mixes with cold water from the north, creating one of most bio-diverse habitats in the world, with over 800 species of sea creatures, from crabs and snails to sea lions and otters, and a forest of kelp and other undersea plants; it's also a place through which ...
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U.S. SEC charges Atlanta firm over public pension funds 21.5.2015 Yahoo: US National
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday announced fraud charges against an Atlanta-based investment advisory firm and two of its executives for their handling of the city's pension funds for police, firefighters, transit workers and other employees. An SEC statement said Gray Financial Group steered public pension fund clients into an investment fund that did not comply with state law and collected more than $1.7 million as a result. The group, its founder and president, Laurence Gray, and co-CEO Robert Hubbard IV breached their responsibilities to act in the pension funds’ best interest by recommending investments in an alternative fund called GrayCo Alternative Partners II LP to Atlanta's pension funds for its ...
The Luxury Bus for Techies Is Shutting Down (For Now) 21.5.2015 Wired Top Stories
Luxury private-bus service Leap has halted its service to comply with regulations. Because it knows it ...
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Leap Transit shut down by the state for operating illegally 21.5.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
The state has forced Leap Transit to halt operations for running its luxury bus line without a permit. [...] the CPUC said that Leap technically falls under city regulation pending the approval of its state permit, while the city said that it had already handed over regulatory authority to CPUC. Leap rides cost $6 and an app controls every aspect of the experience — from displaying schedules to ordering $7 cold-pressed juice on-board. The city recently approved a study to determine how to regulate such services, but Leap instead chose to follow the path of startups like Uber by seeking state regulation, which has the potential for less oversight than city regulation. According to the notice, Leap also failed to comply with safety regulations including mandated California Highway Patrol bus inspections and a Department of Motor Vehicles program monitoring driver safety. In order to receive its permit, the notice said that Leap must comply with several state requirements, including filing proof of ...
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Mass transit plans take shape for Roosevelt Blvd. 19.5.2015 Philly.com News
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Electric vehicle plug-ins making inroads 17.5.2015 Philly.com News
Adam Supplee drives his Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid each weekday from his Collegeville home to work in Phoenixville. Usually, he drops it off at the electric car charging station at the Phoenixville Municipal Building parking lot and walks to work.
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MIT gathering looks to the future 17.5.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
MIT gathering looks to the future
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Amtrak crash scrambles commutes across Northeast Corridor 13.5.2015 Yahoo: US National
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of commuters and travelers had to scramble Wednesday after a deadly Amtrak train derailment shut down a critical section of the busiest railroad in North ...
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Who benefits from other people’s transit use? 13.5.2015 MinnPost
streets.mn In the May 11 issue of  Finance and Commerce , Matt Kramer, a local Chamber of Commerce representative lobbying for additional public transit and transportation spending (currently being debated at the Minnesota Legislature) is quoted as saying “Every person who is riding transit is one less person in the car in front of us.” This is a fascinating quote. First is the use of “us.” So the Chamber of Commerce (probably correctly) identifies riding transit as something someone else does (since “we” are still in the car) and goes on to imply that it benefits us because there will be fewer cars. (Actually he says fewer people per car, but I think he meant fewer cars, not that it would reduce carpooling.) And I suppose he could mean he rides the bus, and the car in front has fewer people (or there were fewer cars in front), but I don’t think that’s what he meant, since the arguments in the legislature are mostly about building and operating new facilities — such as LRT lines or freeway BRT, rather ...
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Cycling vs. Car Transportation 12.5.2015 Alternative Energy and Fuel News - ENN
What's more expensive? Owning a car or a bicycle? Answer seems obvious doesn't it? But how much more expensive are cars compared to bicycles? First, we need to consider not only the actual cost of the vehicle, but the hidden costs which can be related to air pollution, climate change, travel routes, noise, road wear, health, congestion, and time. Lucky for us, researchers have compared the costs and according to a Lund University study, traveling by car is six times more expensive for society and individuals.
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Michigan voters defeat tax hike in debate over road funding 6.5.2015 Yahoo: Politics
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers will be forced to consider yet another alternative to address Michigan's deteriorating roads after voters' resounding rejection of a ballot measure that would have increased taxes to pump $1.2 billion a year more into transportation ...
Alternative fuels and technology auto expo in Steamboat attracts everything from buses to bikes 6.5.2015 Steamboat Pilot
The parking lot of Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot was filled Tuesday afternoon with green cars of every color. The Alternative Fuels and Gas Saving Technology Expo attracted a propane powered school bus, a vintage hybrid diesel/recycled-cooking-oil vintage Mercedes, a hulking hydrogen fuel Hummer, a sporty Chevy Volt and a delicate little open-sided GEM electric car made by Polaris. And if you like your hybrids Euro style, there was even a sleek looking Porsche. The event was co-hosted by the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and the Bud Werner Memorial Library. Among all of those alternative four-wheelers, there were a couple of two-wheelers to admire as well. Gina Wither and Emily Colin, both teachers at Steamboat Mountain School in Strawberry Park, pedaled into the parking lot to show off their Boda Boda by Yuba electric bicycles. They cost $2,800 new. “I think everyone in town needs one of these,” Wither said. “I can carry my guitar and my kid on it at the same time.” Colin said ...
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Uber? Lft? Car2Go? Nice Ride? How best to get around Twin Cities 1.5.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
With all the new modes of transportation popping up, getting around the Twin Cities has never been easier. Gone are the days when you “had” to own a car in the city. .
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Sustainable Cities Work for Climate Change 30.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
To survive on this planet at the numbers we have amassed, cities must more efficiently support their human habitants, especially with persistent constraints on water, land, and food. Organizing people into cities can be an important strategy for conserving land for farming, biodiversity, and more wilderness; but compact cities and strong towns also improve municipal-service delivery and encourage efficient use of infrastructure investments. Additionally, urban dwellers' lowered individual demands for space and energy make new technological innovations, such as renewables, more viable as meaningful alternatives to current systems. On a global scale, the movement into cities can ironically offer substantial environmental advances. Sustainable cities work for climate change, and in the best cases, they are what's working for other efforts related to health, environmental conservation, and even municipal bottom lines. For example, in the U.S., the average per capita energy use associated with living in a ...
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New Report Examines Threat of Huge Increases in Shipments of Tar Sands to Washington and Oregon 28.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Joshua Axelrod, Policy Analyst – Canada Project, Washington, D.C.: A tar sands invasion of Washington and Oregon is threatening the states' communities, waterways, coastlines and air. In a new report, NRDC examines the tar sands threat faced by the entire North American West Coast, from British Columbia to California....
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A Hyperloop alternative: Honda proposes grid of accident-resistant, clean energy cars that go 180 mph 24.4.2015 Yahoo: Business

A Hyperloop alternative: Honda proposes grid of accident-resistant, clean energy cars that go 180 mphElon Musk's proposed Hyperloop high speed train has drawn applause and interest. But, Honda says there's a much more practical and universal way to achieve similar results.


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America's Greenest Cities 23.4.2015 Alternative Energy and Fuel News - ENN
A solid majority, 71% of Americans, believe the country “should do whatever it takes to protect the environment,” according to a 2014 poll by the Pew Research Center.This strong public interest in our environment extends to urban living, prompting NerdWallet’s curiosity: Even though we all know that the city we live in influences our transportation and energy choices, how do environmental impacts differ across the U.S.?We explored the data for the nation’s 150 largest cities to shed light on the best places for those seeking a green lifestyle and a healthy environment.So what cities made the cut? Click to find out!
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Millennials are not who you think they are 18.4.2015 Ezra Klein
For the last five years, Zipcar has been conducting an annual study of the preferences of Millennials whose shifting ideas about ownership are supposed to be driving the rise of concepts like car-sharing. The survey has found that Millennials are more interested in alternative forms of transportation, that they often find car ownership a pain, ...
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