Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Student campaign against #fossil-fuel spreads to 256 campuses

The Case for Fossil-Fuel Divestment | Politics News | Rolling Stone: " Three colleges – Unity in Maine, Hampshire in Massachusetts and Sterling College in Vermont – purged their portfolios of fossil fuel stocks. Three days before Christmas, Seattle mayor Mike McGinn announced city funds would no longer be invested in fossil fuel companies, and asked the heads of the city's pension fund to follow his lead. Citing the rising sea levels that threatened city's neighborhoods, he said, "I believe that Seattle ought to discourage these companies from extracting that fossil fuel, and divesting the pension fund from these companies is one way we can do that.""

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Free transit to clean air? One Utah lawmaker proposes a trial | The Salt Lake Tribune

Free transit to clean air? One Utah lawmaker proposes a trial | The Salt Lake Tribune: "Everyone could ride Utah Transit Authority trains and buses free during January and July under a proposal unveiled Friday — although it is seen as a long-shot on Capitol Hill.
Rep. Joel Briscoe, D-Salt Lake City, asked the Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Committee for $9 million to allow the experiment to see how free fares would increase ridership and help clean air pollution in two of the most troublesome months for clean air."

Utah free transit blog: Catmeow Public Transit

Friday, February 22, 2013

Bike investment pays handsomely -- now just imagine #freetransit investment

Why a statewide bike tax makes no sense | Seattle Bike Blog: "It is estimated that a mile cycled in Copenhagen results in a $.42 economic gain for the government. A mile driven costs the government $.20.

Closer to home, a study in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health found that Portland’s investments in cycling will save the city $388 to $594 million in health care costs by the year 2040. When you calculate the statistical value of lives saved (grim, I know, but it’s a science journal), the amount of money saved jumps into the billions."

Friday, February 15, 2013

Ambre Energy: Caveat Investor | Sightline Institute

Ambre Energy: Caveat Investor | Sightline Institute: "But the coal export debate has largely overlooked a  curious fact: Ambre Energy barely qualifies as a coal company. The company’s annual reports reveal that the Australian-based venture has never made a profit, and has virtually no successful track record in coal mining or coal exports, either in the US or abroad. Worse, an in-depth look at the company’s financial statements, as well as public records of other companies that have done business with Ambre, reveals a firm with deeply troubled finances, including:"

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Asian #autosprawl growing, so coal to be shipped there - must-see video

The New Front Line in the Climate Change Battle | Occupy America: "Multi-billion dollar coal companies like Arch, Ambre, and Peabody want to ship the coal buried under the United States to Asia, releasing disastrous amounts of carbon pollution, just to line their own pockets. This expansion in US coal exports could release more carbon pollution than any other new fossil fuel project in the United States."

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