Congestion tolling with mileage-based user fees or a VMT tax better for low income drivers

By Chet Edelman, September 17th, 2018 in News in SSTI, Tags: congestion pricing, equity, VMT fees,  Do mileage-based congestion fees hit low-income drivers harder? While there is mounting evidence that demand-based pricing—or congestion tolling—can more efficiently manage highway use, serious concerns continue to arise regarding the system’s disproportionate impacts on low-income drivers. However, a recent study by researchers at Purdue University has found that a less onerous tax alternative may exist—one that combines …

Hope ignites our brains toward solutions

By Frances Moore Lappé on Common Dreams, 17 Sept 2018 Yeah, I know. “Hope” gets shoved into a corner called “nice” where weaklings huddle who can’t face hard realities. In fact, hope and power don’t often show up in the same sentence. Truth is, though, hope is a tap root of power. First, note that the word power derives from the …

A conservative newspaper in a conservative city in a conservative state says we should shift to 100% renewables to avoid costs

September 17th, 2018 by Steve Hanley  in Clean Technica, “The Public Wants Renewable Energy & They Want It Now!” For most of us, public relations work is a mind-numbing pursuit that involves making up platitudes about people, but it has really become a top level scientific pursuit designed to frame political and corporate policies in ways that will be acceptable to voters. …

GCAS results

#ZEVChallenge: 24 cities, regions, and states—from the Australian Capital Territory to Oxford to Québec to Santa Monica—have joined the #ZEVChallenge. This consortium aims to reach 100% zero emissions passenger transportation by 2050. Given the size of the economies involved, the adoption of the pledge is sure to send a powerful signal to the market. Deadline 2020: In partnership with C40’s Deadline 2020 program, …

Xcel eMotorWerks pilot provides Vehicle to Grid support for peak demand

By Peter Maloney, “EMotorWerks provides CAISO with 30 MW of DR through smart EV charging,” on Utility Dive, Sept 12, 2018 https://www.utilitydive.com/news/emotorwerks-provides-caiso-with-30-mw-of-dr-through-smart-ev-charging/532110/ Enel X’s eMotorWerks subsidiary is rolling out its smart grid electric vehicle (EV) charger as a virtual battery that can participate as a demand response resource in the California wholesale power market. Over the last year or so, Enel X …

We’re designing bike lanes wrong  More trees, please.

09.11.18 We’re designing bike lanes wrong  More trees, please. By Anne Lusk for Fast Company City streets and sidewalks in the United States have been engineered for decades to keep vehicle occupants and pedestrians safe. If streets include trees at all, they might be planted in small sidewalk pits, where, if constrained and with little water, they live only three to 10 years …

first the disruptive technology arrives, then the suitable environment follows. Early roads, early cell networks have adapted. Bike lanes are already growing worldwide

 GeorgeMonbiot@GeorgeMonbiot  It takes less time to cross a city on a vehicle you can lift with one hand than in a vehicle that weighs a tonne. Why isn’t cycling the top priority for urban transport planners? 4:45 AM – Mar 5, 2018  2,719  1,145 people are talking about this Excerpt from Lloyd Atler, Sept 2018 Bikes are climate action George Monbiot gets it. …

A Way to Talk About Race, 6 Words at a Time

The Race Card Project eases people into conversations around the uneasy topic of race and racism. Zenobia Jeffries posted Sep 13, 2018 If you were asked to sum up your thoughts about race in six words, could you do it? Eight years ago, Michele Norris, former host of NPR’s All Things Considered, asked people attending the book tour for her 2010 …

Attempt by Colorado company to silence critics ends in big win for oil and gas activist: Judge squashes most of subpoenas for communication

Autoplay: BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — An attempt by a major Colorado company to silence critics turned into a big win for anti-oil and gas activists and First Amendment rights. Martin Marietta, a multi-billion-dollar company that supplies construction materials to oil and gas, slapped activists with subpoenas back in July.  The company demanded six well-known activists, including Cliff Willmeng, turn over all communication related …

Scientific publishing is a rip-off. We fund the research – it should be free

George Monbiot in The Guardian, Thu 13 Sep 2018  Illustration: Eva Bee Never underestimate the power of one determined person. What Carole Cadwalladr has done to Facebook and big data, and Edward Snowden has done to the state security complex, the young Kazakhstani scientist Alexandra Elbakyan has done to the multibillion-dollar industry that traps knowledge behind paywalls. Sci-Hub, her pirate web scraper service, has done more …