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We will not solve our climate problem by adjusting the width of streets.

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We will not solve our climate problem by adjusting the width of streets. Incremental changes will not save our cities. Cities will be saved by designing car free areas of areas up to a mile square.  Cars and trucks will be relegated the periphery of future communities. Transportation within future communities will be mainly be by foot and bike. Vacant and wasteland areas can become new car free communities. Car free communities need have no stairs. Most future residences will be one level. Graded ways can easily enable transit between levels. A max of four levels is adequate to support a car free community of 5-10K.  Thinking outside the box is the only way forward. Car free communities will be forced on us by climate change. Even if climate was not a problem, car free communities would make complete sense.

abba's way

Economic recovery beyond sprawl, racism and climate change denial

A viable economy is integral and integrated

That is how you create local jobs

A viable economy will be cyber connected

Work does not require a long commute

A viable economy will spawn myriad new occupations

all keyed to new communities that are

car free and walkable

These communities will contain education and recreation

dwellings and places to purchase things from anywhere in the world

Squares with seating and snacks every few hundred feet

A recovery of public space

and face to face

via Economic recovery beyond sprawl, racism and climate change denial | ShortFormContent at Blogger.

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I care less about global warming than what oil and the car do regardless

I care less about global warming than what oil and the car do regardless

via Short Form Content at Blogger: I care less about global warming than what oil and the car do regardless.

pattern language, politics

June 27 History Is Made House Passes Energy Bill — Roundup with President’s Address Text

June 27 History Is Made House Passes Energy Bill — Roundup with President’s Address Text


Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
June 27, 2009

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a historic piece of legislation that will open the door to a clean energy economy and a better future for America.

For more than three decades, we have talked about our dependence on foreign oil. And for more than three decades, we have seen that dependence grow. We have seen our reliance on fossil fuels jeopardize our national security. We have seen it pollute the air we breathe and endanger our planet. And most of all, we have seen other countries realize a critical truth: the nation that leads in the creation of a clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the 21st century global economy.

Now is the time for the United States of America to realize this too. Now is the time for us to lead.

The energy bill that passed the House will finally create a set of incentives that will spark a clean energy transformation in our economy. It will spur the development of low carbon sources of energy – everything from wind, solar, and geothermal power to safer nuclear energy and cleaner coal. It will spur new energy savings, like the efficient windows and other materials that reduce heating costs in the winter and cooling costs in the summer. And most importantly, it will make possible the creation of millions of new jobs.

Make no mistake: this is a jobs bill. We’re already seeing why this is true in the clean energy investments we’re making through the Recovery Act. In California, 3000 people will be employed to build a new solar plant that will create 1000 permanent jobs. In Michigan, investment in wind turbines and wind technology is expected to create over 2,600 jobs. In Florida, three new solar projects are expected to employ 1400 people.

The list goes on and on, but the point is this: this legislation will finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy. That will lead to the creation of new businesses and entire new industries. And that will lead to American jobs that pay well and cannot be outsourced. I have often talked about the need to build a new foundation for economic growth so that we do not return to the endless cycle of bubble and bust that led us to this recession. Clean energy and the jobs it creates will be absolutely critical to this new foundation.

This legislation has also been written carefully to address the concerns that many have expressed in the past. Instead of increasing the deficit, it is paid for by the polluters who currently emit dangerous carbon emissions. It provides assistance to businesses and families as they make the gradual transition to clean energy technologies. It gives rural communities and farmers the opportunity to participate in climate solutions and generate new income. And above all, it will protect consumers from the costs of this transition, so that in a decade, the price to the average American will be just about a postage stamp a day.

Because this legislation is so balanced and sensible, it has already attracted a remarkable coalition of consumer and environmental groups; labor and business leaders; Democrats and Republicans. And I want to thank every Member of Congress who put politics aside to support this bill on Friday.

Now my call to every Senator, as well as to every American, is this: We cannot be afraid of the future. And we must not be prisoners of the past. Don’t believe the misinformation out there that suggests there is somehow a contradiction between investing in clean energy and economic growth. It’s just not true.

We have been talking about energy for decades. But there is no longer a disagreement over whether our dependence on foreign oil is endangering our security. It is. There is no longer a debate about whether carbon pollution is placing our planet in jeopardy. It’s happening. And there is no longer a question about whether the jobs and industries of the 21st century will be centered around clean, renewable energy. The question is, which country will create these jobs and these industries? I want that answer to be the United States of America. And I believe that the American people and the men and women they sent to Congress share that view. So I want to congratulate the House for passing this bill, and I want to urge the Senate to take this opportunity to come together and meet our obligations – to our constituents, to our children, to God’s creation, and to future generations.

Thanks for listening.


Is Global Warming A Red Herring?

There may well be legitimate debate about the long term effects of the degradation of the environment and particularly the documented befouling of air and sea. But winning the debate in absolute terms is as elusive as winning the choice-abortion debate. It ain’t gonna happen, because we are unable to arrive at a conclusion that is absolute.

We are unable to arrive at any absolute conclusions, which is why science proceeds on hypotheses that have a limited shelf life. Everything is a spectrum, a  relative conclusion that would advance civilization a notch or two if everyone would accept it.

For this reason. we should and do applaud President Obama’s climate change commitment because  the current path we are is disgusting, unhealthy.  We are moving toward green because it makes life better, safer, more healthy,  more comfortable, more sustainable.

These are the grounds on which we should applaud the following intelligence:

… within weeks of taking office, President Obama has radically shifted the global equation, placing the United States at the forefront of the international climate effort and raising hopes that an effective international accord might be possible. Mr. Obama’s chief climate negotiator, Todd Stern, said last week that the United States would be involved in the negotiation of a new treaty — to be signed in Copenhagen in December — “in a robust way.”



pattern language, politics

Global Warming Folk Wrong on Coal?

FuturePundit notes David Rutledge Sees Far Less Coal Remaining

Projections of future coal burning maybe excessively optimistic or pessimistic (depending on your point of view) because the amount recoverable from the ground might be far less than governments project.

David Rutledge, a professor of engineering at Caltech, estimates economically recoverable coal reserves at 400 billion tons worldwide. By comparison, governments claim 850 billion to 998 billion tons of recoverable coal.

Rutledge presented this analysis at the annual meeting of the American Geological Union . He has also made this argument previously. Sounds like he’s done more number crunching since the previous report.

If Rutledge is right then people fighting global warming are fighting the wrong battle. CO2 emissions are going to peak because of geological limitations.

This is the second successive post where my expertise is nil. Which is a good reason for simply trying to call certain abstruse points to the attention of the experts and hope that they can arrive at sane conclusions which take all the facts into consideration.

Sometimes I think half of our ideological spats result from faulty awareness of the facts.

cars, global warming

Cars Contribute Most to Global Warming

Of course they do. Cars are omnipresent. They burn fossil fuels. Cars should get off the roads to make room for the NEXT THING. As Adam Panflick says in “The Boston Car Wars”, motioning toward the gridlock: “He waved at the sea of honking cars backed up to Massachusetts Avenue and beyond. “The legacy of Henry Ford who came from a place where they stripped bark from trees to save themselves the labor of chopping them down. You are all pusillanimous conformistos. Enemies of the future!”

WASHINGTON: In the first ever analysis of the effect of the transport sector on climate, it has been established that road traffic contributes the most to global warming, aviation sector has the second largest warming effect, and shipping has a net cooling effect on the Earth’s climate.

According to a report in ENN (Environmental News Network), for the analysis, five researchers from CICERO (Center for International Climate and Environmental Research) broke down the transport sector to four subsectors: road transport, aviation, rail, and shipping.

The research team then calculated each subsector’s contribution to global warming by looking at the radiative forcing (RF) caused by transport emissions.

The study concludes that since pre-industrial times, 15 per cent of the RF caused by man-made CO2-emissions has come from the transport sector.

From The Times of India

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