Monday, November 29, 2010
Nationwide Transit Riders to Lose $500 or more In Commuter Benefits Because of Expiring Tax Provision - MarketWatch
Nationwide Transit Riders to Lose $500 or more In Commuter Benefits Because of Expiring Tax Provision - MarketWatch: "BOSTON, Nov 29, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Edenred, the provider of the premier commuter benefits programs, Commuter Check and WiredCommute, urges Congress to take action on transit benefit parity. Workers nationwide who commute using public transportation and vanpools to their jobs and participate in an employer-sponsored pre-tax transit benefit will have less to celebrate on New Year's Day."
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Sunday, November 28, 2010
Better management and enforcement aren't the only
ways to reduce traffic deaths. Image: Car Insurance Tips
Streetsblog Capitol Hill » Seatbelts and Tickets Alone Won’t Cure America’s Traffic Death Epidemic: "Motor vehicle crashes caused 28 percent of all deaths among people 24 and under in the United States in 2006. In 2009, nearly 34,000 people died on America’s roads, and that was considered a big improvement over previous years. More and more, it seems, Americans are wondering why our country is so far behind on creating safe transportation systems."
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Saturday, November 20, 2010
A Departing Republican Warns About Climate Change - NYTimes.com: "An outgoing Republican congressman used a House science and environment subcommittee hearing this week as an opportunity to chide his party for its growing skepticism about the threat of global warming and to warn of missed economic opportunities in clean energy development if climate change is ignored."
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Monday, November 8, 2010
Climate science: Climate scientists plan campaign against global warming skeptics - latimes.com: "Reporting from Washington — Faced with rising political attacks, hundreds of climate scientists are joining a broad campaign to push back against congressional conservatives who have threatened prominent researchers with investigations and vowed to kill regulations to rein in man-made greenhouse gas emissions."
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Sunday, November 7, 2010
Regardless of who "pays" for this spill. It is a cost that is unnecessary as long as energy is being wasted by autosprawl. In addition, the opportunity costs and full damage to the earth will never fully be paid. If cars were eliminated, the oil could be used to build an new fossil-fuel-free society. To eliminate cars, start by making public transit fare-free.
BP oil spill costs to hit $40bn | Business | guardian.co.uk: "BP said today it expects the cost of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster to be $7.7bn (�4.8bn) bigger than previously thought, pushing the total bill to nearly $40bn.
The oil giant announced the new charge to cover the cost of the Gulf of Mexico spill alongside its financial results for the third quarter of the year. It blamed the delays that dogged its attempts to seal the leak, along with higher clean-up costs and legal fees"
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Saturday, November 6, 2010
Outrage, Misguided -- In These Times - StumbleUpon
The doomsday metaphor also applies outside the financial world. The American Petroleum Institute, backed by the Chamber of Commerce and the other business lobbies, has intensified its efforts to persuade the public to dismiss concerns about anthropogenic global warming—with considerable success, as polls indicate. Among Republican congressional candidates in the 2010 election, virtually all reject global warming.The executives behind the propaganda know that global warming is real, and our prospects grim. But the fate of the species is an externality that the executives must ignore, to the extent that market systems prevail. And the public won’t be able to ride to the rescue when the worst-case scenario unfolds....
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