Category Archives: environment

Stations do NOT affect train speed

Bullshit from an email thread and repeated constantly by the California High-Speed Rail Authority: “Other potential benefits are also intriguing: a probable economic windfall for several cities along the route . . .” and “There will be as many as … Continue reading

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New media same as the old when it comes to getting facts wrong

Once again “new” media reporters on blogs has proven no better at getting facts right than “old” media reporters. Mike Arrington over at TechCrunch gets a cheap laugh at a proposal to “ban black cars” by the California Air Resources … Continue reading

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Peak oil: Long-term price of oil is $0/barrel

Every time the price of oil drops, the oil ostriches claim that the price drop “proves” that Peak oil does not exist. However, just like gravity which exists no matter what we want to “believe”, peak oil is a reality. … Continue reading

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California High-Speed Rail go direct to SFO

Clem is talking about how hard Millbrae is thanks to Quentin Kopp’s mucked up “leadership” when the original BART-to-SFO disaster was “designed” and built. Now with California High-Speed Rail a real possibility, CHSRA should just do what should have been … Continue reading

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“Wasting fuel” option myth

How come otherwise intelligent people assume that fuel inefficiency is a desired feature in cars, SUVs, and trucks? Do SUV buyers go to dealers and look for the car with the LEAST fuel efficiency? Car salesperson: Hi, can I help … Continue reading

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28th amendment – Separation of Corporation and State

Amendment 28 – Separation of Corporation and State And the Chelseagreen posting My suggested amendment: Rights enumerated or reserved under this Constitution shall be accorded only to individuals. No State or the United States, shall make or enforce any law … Continue reading

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How can government “subsidize” green technology

The laissez-faire infatuatants like to talk about how government should just “stay out of the way”. Well here is some ways that government can help everyone else “stay out of the way” so solar, wind, etc. energy production has a … Continue reading

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Fewer roads, less congestion

Selfish driving causes congestion The article also talks about Braess’ Paradox and Nash Equilibria but the math is beyond my abilities.

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Chris Anderson and the wrong tail of energy security

Chris Anderson is on such the wrong track about energy security. He does get the idea of reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled. Anything we can do to reduce the miles that need to be traveled to accomplish a task will lead … Continue reading

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High-Speed Rail and the “Reason” Foundation.

Here is what the “Reason” Foundation says about High Speed Rail: If you don’t want to read the whole thing: a Highway project in Massachusetts ended up cost more money than planned for — as we all know highway projects … Continue reading

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