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Tar Sands Train to Ruin: How tar sands producer Southern Pacific Resources is going broke on shipping tar sands by rail 28.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Anthony Swift, Attorney, International Program, Washington, DC: This blog was co-written with Lorne Stockman, Research Director at Oil Change International In the summer of 2012, advocates of Keystone XL hailed Southern Pacific Resources’ announcement that it had signed a five-year contract to bypass pipeline bottlenecks and...
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Swansea neighbors wary of I-70 expansion plan that goes underground 25.10.2014 Denver Post: Local
As 90 pint-sized violinists play the strains of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" inside Swansea Elementary School on Friday, the state's largest road-reconstruction project in history looms just a block ...
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Swansea neighbors wary of I-70 expansion plan that goes underground 25.10.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
As 90 pint-sized violinists play the strains of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" inside Swansea Elementary School on Friday, the state's largest road-reconstruction project in history looms just a block away.
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Jaime Lerner's Pinpricks of Change 24.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Urban Acupuncture / Island Press Jaime Lerner , one of the most influential urban leaders of our time, has written down all of his hard-earned wisdom about the city in one slim yet rich volume, Urban Acupuncture: Celebrating Pinpricks of Change that Enrich City Life . This set of musings, a translation of the original Brazilian Portuguese book, pulls you in with its natural, intimate tone; it's like you are sitting and having a conversation with Lerner over a glass of wine in a cafe. Lerner is an architect and urban designer who became mayor of the Brazilian city Curitiba, where he famously brought his practical yet innovative thinking to solve some tricky urban challenges. Along the way, he created bus rapid transit, devising a low-cost alternative to subway systems for developing world cities -- and now increasingly, developed world ones, too. He came up with smart ways to clean up Curitiba's bay, partnering with local fisherman in trash collection. He turned down the World Bank, with its offer of ...
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Millennials may impact the economy by driving less 19.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Can We Earn a Living on a Living Planet? 17.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Why millennials are shunning cars 15.10.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
There's a lot of evidence that millennials don't drive as much — or care as much for cars in general — as previous generations their own age did. They're less likely to get driver's licenses. They tend to take fewer car trips, and when they do, those trips are shorter. ...
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Opinion: Ridesharing could revolutionize urban transport in India 14.10.2014 THE CITY FIX
Ridesharing has been gaining popularity in the United States and Europe, with companies like Uber, Lyft, BlaBlaCar, and Wundercar facilitating hundreds of thousands of rides a month. This has presented a new, convenient, and affordable alternative means of transport in ...
The many reasons millennials are shunning cars 14.10.2014 Ezra Klein
There's a lot of evidence that millennials don't drive as much — or care as much for cars in general — as previous generations their own age did. They're less likely to get driver's licenses. They tend to take fewer car trips, and when they do, those trips are shorter. They're also more likely than ...
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Must Environmentalists and Labor Activists Find Themselves at Odds With Each Other? 13.10.2014 American Prospect
“I think the American people right now have been so focused, and will continue to be focused, on our economy and jobs and growth, that if the message is somehow we’re going to ignore jobs and growth simply to address climate change, I don’t think anybody is going to go for that. I won’t go for that.” --President Barack Obama, November 14, 2012, two weeks after Hurricane Sandy   It has been a tough couple of years in the effort to unite labor, community, and environmental groups, an alliance that has always been strained. The extractive energy sector—coal, gas, oil—has historically had strong union representation and well-paying jobs. Tensions rose in 2011 after the Sierra Club escalated their campaign to close coal plants and 350.org, the climate protection group led by activist Bill McKibben, called for a halt to the Keystone XL Pipeline project.  Even Obama’s relatively mild order this past June on reducing pollution from power plants was opposed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers ...
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Must Environmentalists and Labor Activists Find Themselves at Odds? 13.10.2014 American Prospect
“I think the American people right now have been so focused, and will continue to be focused, on our economy and jobs and growth, that if the message is somehow we’re going to ignore jobs and growth simply to address climate change, I don’t think anybody is going to go for that. I won’t go for that.” --President Barack Obama, November 14, 2012, two weeks after Hurricane Sandy   It has been a tough couple of years in the effort to unite labor, community, and environmental groups, an alliance that has always been strained. The extractive energy sector—coal, gas, oil—has historically had strong union representation and well-paying jobs. Tensions rose in 2011 after the Sierra Club escalated their campaign to close coal plants and 350.org, the climate protection group led by activist Bill McKibben, called for a halt to the Keystone XL Pipeline project.  Even Obama’s relatively mild order this past June on reducing pollution from power plants was opposed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers ...
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Can ditching diesel make recycling less cost-prohibitive? 7.10.2014 TreeHugger
Waste management companies, big and small, are coming together to make recycling more affordable, sustainable and scalable.
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I-70 plan for northeast Denver gets attention, fuels critics 7.10.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
A $1.8 billion proposal to widen Interstate 70 in northeast Denver and run it below grade continues to attract comments and fuel a loyal opposition that wants the idea derailed.
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New electric bus makes stop in Steamboat Springs on nationwide tour 3.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
A brand-new, battery-powered bus was put to the test Thursday on one of Steamboat Springs' demanding bus routes. "It did very well," Steamboat Transit Manager Jonathan Flint said after he finished the test drive of the bus that is on a national promotional tour. "It was able to handle everything we threw at it." Steamboat doesn't plan on buying a battery-electric-powered bus anytime soon. The replacement plan for Steamboat's bus fleet calls for more new diesel-electric hybrid buses in the coming years. But Flint said it was worthwhile to be able to test out one of the newest forms of alternative buses that could join Steamboat's fleet in the long run. The successful test drive will be noted when Steamboat ponders bus technology in the future, Flint said. When the 41-foot Proterra bus pulled into Steamboat's Stock Bridge Transit Center, it was immediately clear that it wasn't an ordinary vehicle. For one, the large bus was hard to hear at all because it runs on electricity generated from a battery. It ...
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The share of Americans driving to work is declining for the first time in decades 2.10.2014 Ezra Klein
Alternative transportation advocates must often find their solace in small numbers. Over the last decade, the combined rate of bicycle commuting in the 50 largest cities in America has increased — to 1 percent. Last year, national public transit ridership increased, too — by 1.1 percent. More people are now walking to work in Boston and ...
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Park Board to spend up to $500,000 on tunnel study 2.10.2014 Star Tribune: Local
Agency hopes that engineers will find a tunnel a reasonable alternative to an LRT bridge
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Mpls. Park Board to spend up to $500,000 on light-rail tunnel study 2.10.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Agency hopes that engineers will find a tunnel a reasonable alternative to an LRT bridge
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Another delay for the Burke-Gilman's 'missing link,' and an alternative 1.10.2014 Seattle Times: Opinion
The long-delayed end to the Burke-Gilman Trail's "missing link" will be delayed again.
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King County Council sets aside further bus cuts 30.9.2014 Seattle Times: Local
Noting improved sales-tax revenue, the King County Council has canceled plans for more bus-service cuts, despite months of warnings that severe cuts were inevitable.
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Trolly rides could cost $1 24.9.2014 Durango Herald
It may be $1 to ride the trolley next year.City Manager Ron LeBlanc recommended the Durango City Council consider the rate increase as part of his budget presentation Tuesday afternoon.Ever since the trolley became a free service in 2009, it has continued to be a drain on the city’s Transit Department’s savings,...
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