Friday, March 27, 2015

Merchants of Doubt Is an Anatomy Lesson in Uncertainty Campaigns

The Stranger: "Merchants of Doubt is a chilling but enthralling anatomy lesson in uncertainty campaigns that have been waged since the 1950s to battle bad news—about tobacco, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, toxic flame retardants that don’t really work—with the same tactics: deflect, manufacture confusion, create false controversy, attack the messenger, appeal to people’s sense of “freedom.” Uncertainty campaigns can stall change for decades: It took 50 years for the facts to catch up with the tobacco industry, which made its famous payout in 1998. But when it comes to climate change, Oreskes points out, we don’t have 50 years to spare."

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mass Transit to Shape Cities, CRE of the Future

National Real Estate Investor: "That is happening with a firm eye on mass transit. Today, cities such as Boulder, Colo., Nashville, Tenn., Portland, Ore., and others are enhancing quality of life with improved mobility. Developers are focusing on building in areas close to mass transit, both underscoring and taking advantage of the attractiveness of the live/walk/work lifestyle and its impact on the urban living experience."

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Sustain Mid-Maine

Sustain Mid-Maine: "Sustain Mid Maine Coalition is a grassroots initiative created to conserve our resources, sustain a healthy environment, and promote economic prosperity for the Mid-Maine region. Our volunteers are divided into 7 teams: Education; Energy; Grow and Support Local Foods; Permaculture; Public Policy; Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle; Transportation Team."

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher : "He has accepted more than $1.2 million in money from the fossil-fuel industry over the last decade while failing to disclose that conflict of interest in most of his scientific papers. At least 11 papers he has published since 2008 omitted such a disclosure, and in at least eight of those cases, he appears to have violated ethical guidelines of the journals that published his work."

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Failure to invest in #publictransit has cost Boston area big bucks

View from the Senate: Addressing urgent public transportation needs - News - The Reading Advocate - Reading, MA: "The MBTA provides public transit services to 176 communities across Massachusetts, servicing a population of nearly five million, making it America’s fifth-largest mass transit system. A modern, reliable, affordable public transportation system is of critical importance to the greater Boston area, including our communities. It is necessary for the Commonwealth’s economic health and growth; just consider how many people-hours of work were lost due to the MBTA’s shutdowns and delays. Further, public transit vastly improves our environment by giving commuters an alternative to increasing automotive traffic. Finally, an excellent public transit system vastly improves the region’s quality of life."

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

You can't get there from here via public transportation if you don't have any

Maine Sunday Telegram: "BRIDGTON — Use public transportation! This directive is always on a Top 10 list of ways to reduce our carbon footprint or aid in healing the planet of its man-made environmental troubles. The question is: How many of us in Maine have a public transportation option?"

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Snowstorms expose the failure of car culture

The Boston Globe: "These workers illustrate the disproportionate hardship the snow has imposed on the area’s lowest-paid workers. For them, it’s more than a temporary inconvenience. It’s a financial blow that can make all the difference in paying bills, making the rent, and putting food on the table."