Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Energy Trap

Do the Math: "We could use any number for the decline rate in our analysis, but I’ll actually soften the effect to a 2% annual decline to illustrate that we run into problems even at a modest rate of decline. By itself, a 2% decline year after year—while sounding mild—would send our growth-based economy into a tailspin. As detailed in a previous post, across-the-board efficiency improvements cannot tread water against a rate as high as 2% per year. As we’ll see next, the Energy Trap just makes things worse."

Monday, May 19, 2014

Calculating the benefits of #publictransit - APTA

Investment in public transportation expands service and improves mobility,  and if sustained over time can potentially affect the economy by providing:
  • travel and vehicle ownership cost savings for public transportation passengers and those switching from automobiles, leading to shifts in consumer spending;
  • reduced traffic congestion for those traveling by automobile and truck, leading to further direct travel cost savings for businesses and households;
  • business operating cost savings associated with worker wage and reliability effects of reduced congestion;
  • business productivity gained from access to broader labor markets with more diverse skills, enabled by expanded public transit service areas and reduced traffic congestion; and 
  • additional regional business growth enabled by indirect impacts of business growth on suppliers and induced impacts on spending of worker wages. At a national level, cost savings and other productivity impacts can affect competitiveness in international markets.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Global Warming - what must be done - Lokayat

...Gore focuses on individual actions, makes few serious demands on big business and endorses the largely voluntary market-based measures, such as emissions trading, that are contained in Kyoto. He, like most

mainstream environmental groups and the major Green parties, places the onus of solving global warming onto individuals, while relying on the capitalist market, nudged along by so-called “green” taxes and legislative regulations.

Such views reflect a well-meaning but utopian belief that if enough of us decide to drastically reduce our demand on the world’s resources, big business and governments will respond to “market signals” and adapt to a slow-growth or no-growth economy. It is a good thing to organise our lives to live more ecologically. But that alone will not be enough to halt the crisis.

http://lokayat.org.in/content/english-booklets/Crisis-of-Global-Warming-second-edition-2011.pdf

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Taking apart the arguments of opponents of #freetransit

Les opposants à la gratuité: "C’est une grande victoire pour la gratuité des transports en commun! En effet, deux associations majeures dans le domaine des transports en commun, à savoir la FNAUT « représentant les voyageurs » et l’UTP « représentant les entreprises de transport« , viennent de se réunir pour dénoncer dans un communiqué commun la gratuité. Si ces deux associations éprouvent le besoin de conjuguer leurs efforts pour attaquer la gratuité, c’est très probablement qu’il y a le feu au lac!"