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A Carbon-Free Transportation System? That 'Bold New Vision' Is Possible, Report States


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A Carbon-Free Transportation System? That 'Bold New Vision' Is Possible, Report States

Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Calling for a total revamp of the nation's transportation policy towards one driven by the need to avert climate disaster, a new report published Monday lays out 50 steps the U.S. can take to reach a carbon-free system.


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Shhh! Don't tell Big Oil and Gas about your plan, they'll have Congress ban it.
It does sound wonderful though. Just making electric cars that don't cost a fortune would go a long way.
Denver is late getting high speed rail in and it's going in with great pain. We pay for emissions tests and they don't play, if your engine light is on you don't pass. But never mind for the trucks and diesel trucks and cars that stink so badly you can't breath if you're stopped behind one.
We go all by inches when we should be sprinting to the solutions in this article.
Go Green Jill Stein 2016


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How about we recognize the screamingly obvious:

We need a LOT LESS transportation.

The report on mass extinction from the World Wildlife Fund, which noted that HALF THE ANIMAL WILDLIFE ON EARTH HAS VANISHED IN JUST FORTY YEARS, identified LAND USE as the primary driver of this heartbreaking destruction of life on Earth. Not climate change, which is only now ramping up to give the coup de grace to the ecology.

"Green" transport WILL NOT STOP the destruction of the ecology.

We need a massive ramp-down of the economy, and "greening" of EVERYTHING, in the sense that everything must work in ways that do not toxify or rip up or PAVE OVER the living Earth. Not "high-tech" "green" but ACTUAL harmony with natural ecological systems and processes.

Hey, wake up: "Green" transport WILL NOT STOP the destruction of the ecology.

No one - NO ONE - wants to hear that, think about that, know that. But it is true.


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Wwooow... thank you ... you are ssssooo right... I have been trying to help others to understand... but.. it is very difficult... people keep thinking that ... "the government is doing this, it's political and money grabbing."... but.. the government doesn't seem to give a sh*t about climate change... not really..... I try to explain when rock heads mention that the government paid scientists are making this up so they can get money, that... the amount of money that fossil fuel companies will loose when we stop using them.... OR... more likely, when everything collaspes from climate issues and credit issues.... is more the case... Oil companies are making money on crimes against humanity... Killing off our atmosphere... every single day.


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"We have solutions," said Environment America's global warming solutions director, Anna Aurilio, "now we need our leaders to make it happen."

AKA 'Political will' . . . always the most daunting and intransigent obstacle for any meaningful endeavor.

Through their nearsighted, greedy stubbornness they are leading us over the proverbial cliff.

Simplest solution: individual responsibility response, that being stop getting in cars in the first bloody place. Make your way about your local community on foot, via non-motorized transport, such as a bicycle, or on public transit.


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Mandating that all electric and hybrid cars will have uniformity of battery form factors within 3 years is step 1. Mandating that all cars made after 2020 will be hybrids (at least) and they must utilize this form factor is second. Then we must mandate that all electric power plants will be scrubbed to remove 95% of carbon emissions or more, which is possible now with current technology, by 2020. Phasing out gasoline by 2030 is the last pillar. Once this is done, renewable energy and energy storage will be ascendant and petroleum energy will go into decline here.

If we don't get in front of this now the status quo will have us poisoning our air until they can't extract any more hydrocarbons, and all life perishes. Including their own, despite their belief that their money will save them.


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Transportation will be the least of our problems if we don't literally put on the brakes as regards all of our GHG emissions.


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We need to get out of the car culture and have well developed Public transportation that is affordable and not privately owned.


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how about we outlaw oil drilling- use what we got then quit- also no drilling on indigenous peoples land


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Now THERE is a problem . We all LURV our cars.In the USA, in China, in Thailandand, in Vietnam, in Indonesia, in India, in the whole wide world, we all LURV our cars...........


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The report itself includes mass transit. The article is linked to a website for downloading the report.


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The fossil fuel industry receives a lot of criticism these days, and rightfully so. But in the final analysis, we are the ones who support the energy industry and it is our standard of living that will need to change. So contemplate what you can do for the cause

Personal Actions
End our love affair with the automobile
Ride more trains and buses
Car pool
Walk and bike more
Turn off the air conditioner in the summer and dial the thermostat down in winter
Become vegetarians or vegans
Refill plastic bottles with tap water
Discontinue using aluminum cans with and without carbonation
Maximize use of reusable bags and products
Recycle junk mail
Forego fast junk food
Go to “slow food”;
Recycle maximally, especially aluminum cans
Drive and accelerate more slowly
Climb more stairs
Plant more trees
Forego use of spray cans
Ride more trains and buses
Repair, mend and alter as much as possible
Buy solar panels
Compost as much as possible
Last person out of the room turn off the lights
Eat and farm organic
Ride more trains and buses
Fly fewer planes
Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings
Use manual tools instead of power tools
Share more
Use rakes rather than leaf blowers
Decrease use of bottled water and refill plastic bottles with tap water
Maximize reusable bags and products
Push rather than power small mowers
Replace lawns with vegetable gardens
Stop fertilizing and mowing lawns
Compost as much as possible
Minimize use of disposables (Pampers, Ikea furniture);
Maximize high efficiency LED and solar powered lighting;
Limit endless gadgets
Use motion lighting, where appropriate

Local Government Actions
Reorganize cities, building taller residences with a smaller footprint (the end of suburbia)
Institute a carbon tax
Promote car pooling subsidize and expand mass transit
Expand bike paths
Have shareable (zip) cars
Ban electric outdoor signs;
Eat and farm organic
Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings
Eliminate approximately 50% of all street lighting and office lighting in unoccupied buildings
eliminate “fast junk food”; go to “slow food
replace

Federal Government Actions
Ban gasohol
Rein in the militaries for defense only and outlaw war
Discontinue night baseball
Shift from long distance truck to rail transport
Make electronics, house wares, furniture, etc to be as durable and long-lived as possible
Recycle maximally
Make appliances to be as energy efficient as possible
Discontinue aluminum cans
Ban electric outdoor signs
Maximize solar and wind power;
Change from petroleum based fertilizers to regenerative agriculture
Reverse deforestation, plant more trees
Restrict spray cans
Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings
Promote zero population growth with free condoms and family planning world-wide
End yearly auto model changes;
Promote subsidies for renewable energy
Diminish junk mail


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There is not a single mention of public transit and intercity rail in this article.


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Andrew, thank you.......my thoughts exactly. As long as we keep over breeding, no system will be sustainable.


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That's easier said than done, especially for the lower middle class and the poor.

Most poor people I know take the bus rather than drive a car, but their houses are still heated with oil. The cost to retrofit an oil furnace to electric is out of reach for most people. For those of us in the lower middle class, we live too far away from work and shopping to walk or bike our way around and we can't afford to retrofit our heat because we're basically living paycheck to paycheck with little to nothing in savings.

Until government subsidies are provided to move the majority of Americans off fossil fuel dependence, this is going to continue and the Koch Brothers are going to continue to get rich off of our inability to switch over to something different.

That's why the "Green New Deal" is essential for moving us off of fossil fuel dependence. Without it, this will simply continue until the world burns.


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I've worked out a construction system (see Airship.org) for quickly building 3D cities out of large, premade architectural assemblies at 1/3 to 1/4 the cost of current construction methods. Moreover, by using America's Maritime highway to barge these assemblies and using helium-filled macro-cranes to lift them into place the carbon footprint of constructing carbon-free cities via my methodology would be 1/1000 of current stick-and-stone methods. 3D cities would allow foot traffic, bike traffic, electric car traffic, and mass transit to be on different levels. The rust belt would be the places where these large assemblies would be created. Think massive robot-filled factories with highly-skilled workers pumping out 10 story building modules that are silently lifted into place by massive, tethered airships. The vagabond cum gypsy construction class that is forced to move where the construction takes place is flipped and large communities of blue collar construction workers can establish themselves as their work can be shipped and assembled anywhere within 10 miles of America's Maritime Highway. It's time to apply Moores Law to the construction industry so we can create magical cities of the future at the lowest possible cost and lowest possible carbon footprint! Support macro-crane research!


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It's unlikely that these ideas will be implemented--and it may be too late for our "salvation" as a species anyway!


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Fossil fuels are rapidly becoming obsolete. I have been driving electric since early 2011 and would never consider buying another ICE powered car. Electric cars are far more reliable, have little to no maintenance, and beyond the environmental aspect are extremely economical to drive. For less than the cost of a gallon of gas I can drive more than 100 miles emission free. And if you have a solar array charging your car, it's essentially free. A recent study out by Harvard shows that more than 90% of ground transportation can be done at less cost with currently available battery electric vehicles. In my state, vote yes on I-732 carbon tax. The governments are too corrupted by special interest money to get anything done. It's up to us plebes to get it done ourselves.


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True. We have to go total green.

When people talk about making all cars electric cars -- um, don't all those batteries have to go someplace when they die?? Not only that, we have to dig deep into the earth to get the cadmium for the batteries. We'd just be dropping one problem for another.


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Enroll yourself as a politician, or whatever else it takes, to bring such good news to life.