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  • Towers of Steel? Look Again (2013)

    02/01/2015 8:24:31 AM PST · by dennisw · 49 replies
    nytimes ^ | Published: September 23, 2013 | By HENRY FOUNTAIN
    Towers of Steel? Look Again Benton Johnson, an engineer who worked on the report, said that wooden high-rises could help solve the growing worldwide problem of providing adequate housing to the billions of people who are, or will be, living in cities — while also addressing climate change. “We know that we need to build a lot more buildings,” Mr. Johnson said. “And we know that we need to lower CO2.” Until now, tall wooden buildings had been championed by a handful of architects and engineers, mostly from smaller firms overseas and in Canada. They welcomed the Skidmore, Owings &...
  • Inside the Tiny House Movement where more and more Americans have rejected tradition for a simpler..

    08/05/2014 10:02:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 110 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 5, 2014 | David McCormack
    Once upon a time an American family’s home was their castle and the bigger the better, but growing concerns about meeting mortgage payments and the environmental impact of large houses has helped fuel a new movement of people who are happy to live small. The Tiny House Movement is a growing group of people who are happy to downsize the space that they live in and enjoy simplified lives as a result. While the average American home is around 2600 square feet, the typical small or tiny house is around 100-400 square feet.
  • Use of cars can help families reduce poverty, large study finds

    04/08/2014 4:41:55 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    Pioneer Press/WAPO ^ | 4-4-14 | Emily Badger
    In many circles -- including advocates for cleaner air, safer streets, public transit -- it's a major policy goal to get people out of cars. Reduce car use, and you reduce pollution. Reduce car use, and we'll need fewer costly roads and parking garages. Reduce car use and shift more people onto bikes and trains, and maybe we'll all spend less of our lives idling in traffic. That line of thinking, however, seldom considers a group of people for whom more car use might actually be a good thing: the poor. A group of researchers at the Urban Institute, the...
  • Massive blaze burning at residential building under construction in Montrose (Houston)

    03/25/2014 11:13:58 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 29 replies
    KPRC - TV Houston ^ | March 25 | Matt Aufdenspring
    A huge fire is burning at a residential building under construction in the Montrose area. The blaze is happening at West Dallas and Marconi. A large portion of the building is on fire. Flames and smoke can be seen from miles away. Firefighter have called for a 4th alarm.
  • Crushing People Into Tight Housing Won't Cut CO2 Levels

    02/26/2014 6:56:41 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 2-26-14 | Lawrence J. McQuillan
    'Smart growth" projects across the country aim to jam people into high-density housing near mass transit systems. Proponents think this will make people abandon their automobiles, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But new research shows "stack-and-pack" housing is an ineffective way to reduce carbon dioxide levels. Researchers at the University of California Energy and Resources Group in Berkeley used Census, weather, economic and transportation data — 37 variables in total — to estimate greenhouse gas emissions from the energy, transportation, food, goods and services consumed by U.S. households. They calculated "household carbon footprints" for more than 31,000 U.S. ZIP codes (of...
  • CA vs. The Suburbs: Planners, Smart Growth, and the Manhattan Delusion

    04/20/2013 1:49:03 PM PDT · by Twotone · 28 replies ^ | April 17, 2013 | Zach Weissmueller
    "If you really believe that suburbs are going to die, then let them die, and let the market address the situation" says Joel Kotkin, Chapman University professor and urban planning specialist. But letting the market work is far from ideal for California's regional planners and local politicians, who want almost 70 percent of new housing over the next 25 years to be multi-unit apartment-style dwelliings, despite the facts that more than half of Southern California households reside in a single-family home and that more people are leaving California than are coming in.
  • Smart Grid: What is the Cost?

    09/22/2012 8:55:27 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 51 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 9/22/12 | Rick Haymow
    The “smart” grid: What’s really at stake? Look at British Columbia: Around the globe, citizens of all walks of life are invited to realize that we’re all now on the playing field of a corporate control end-game. Through power grid modifications and smart meter installations, monopolistic forces are currently implementing a highly-hackable “smart” system of wireless utility metering, monitoring, selling private data, and control of life in citizens’ homes.
  • Video: The Three-Phase Process of How Agenda 21 Invades a City

    09/22/2012 6:05:13 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 43 replies
    Stop Agenda 21 in Texas ^ | Sept. 22, 2012 | Sovereignty International / Freedom 21
    Stop Agenda 21 in Texas Sept. 22, 2012 This three-part video series exposes the three-phase process through which Agenda 21 enters most communities and uses actual examples of techniques used by organizations to confront the process. Examples include what to do, and what NOT to do to resist or repeal the elements of Agenda 21 that may be included in your community’s comprehensive Land Use Plan and building and zoning codes. Narrated by Henry Lamb and produced by Sovereignty International, Inc. and Freedom 21, Inc. Youtube Links: 1/3: 2/3: 3/3:
  • Agenda 21 Radio Sat. Sept. 8, 2012 Live Thread (4-6 a.m. PT)

    09/08/2012 4:09:20 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 20 replies ^ | 9/1/12 | Paul Preston
    Northern Californians can listen on KMYC 1410AM Marysville/Yuba CityWatch worldwide on mysytv.comVisit our website at
  • Activists Fight Green Projects, Seeing U.N. Plot

    02/07/2012 7:40:10 AM PST · by Twotone · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 3, 2012 | Leslie Kaufman and Kate Zernike
    Across the country, activists with ties to the Tea Party are railing against all sorts of local and state efforts to control sprawl and conserve energy. They brand government action for things like expanding public transportation routes and preserving open space as part of a United Nations-led conspiracy to deny property rights and herd citizens toward cities.
  • Obama, Brazil, The new "inclusive" world order, and Agenda 21

    03/23/2011 7:42:08 PM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 37 replies ^ | 3/19/2011 | Press Release
    "Noting the interdependence among peace, security and development, President Rousseff and President Obama reaffirmed their desire to build a just and inclusive world order, which promotes democracy, human rights and social justice." "They reaffirmed the imperative to modernize the international financial institutions in a way that reflects the changes in the world economy and moves towards global financial stability, sustainable development and poverty reduction." "They welcomed the strengthening of the collaboration on environment and climate change, including under the Common Agenda on Environment and the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation Regarding Climate Change, and agreed to include in the Common...
  • The Goal: Control of land use

    02/12/2011 10:33:40 PM PST · by wheresmyusa · 5 replies
    CFP ^ | 2/12/2011 | Henry Lamb
    Which is more important: reduce America’s dependence on foreign energy sources, or add 2.85 million acres to the existing 200 million acres of protected areas? According to the United Nations, 27% of the total land area in the United States is already locked up in some kind of protected area and 67% of the total marine area. This means, of course, that there can be no development of energy or other natural resources in 27% of the nation’s land and 67% of the nation’s marine resources. Only the most avid preservationist, or the most anti-American, could possibly choose to lock...
  • A city defined (Detroit can be saved by Smart Growth)

    02/11/2011 9:28:43 PM PST · by wheresmyusa · 113 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 2/12/2011 | Renée Loth
    AMID THE animated rodents, smushed test-babies, snack-food perversions, and crude humor of Sunday’s Super Bowl ads was a powerful, two-minute homage to Detroit, America’s most abject city. Over a pulsating soundtrack of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,’’ viewers were treated to panning shots of some of Detroit’s lovingly restored landmarks from the days when the auto industry made it the richest city in the United States. Today it is the poorest, with a 36 percent poverty rate. Far from avoiding its grim, rust belt image, the ad — ostensibly to introduce a new Chrysler luxury sedan — celebrated the city’s guts-and-grit industrial...
  • UN Agenda 21 - Coming to a Neighborhood near You

    10/28/2009 3:40:53 AM PDT · by Man50D · 17 replies · 1,025+ views ^ | October 28, 2009 | Scott Strzelczyk and Richard Rothschild
    Most Americans are unaware that one of the greatest threats to their freedom may be a United Nations program known as Agenda 21. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development created Agenda 21 as a sustainability agenda which is arguably an amalgamation of socialism and extreme environmentalism brushed with anti-American, anti-capitalist overtones. A detailed history on sustainable development, definitions, and critical actions can be found here. Section III of the Agenda 21 Plan addresses local community sustainable development. The Preamble and Chapter 28 discuss how Agenda 21 should be implemented at a local level....
  • EPA Draft: Shut Down Unsustainable Schools

    11/17/2010 11:06:21 PM PST · by wheresmyusa · 11 replies
    EPA ^ | 11/17/2010 | EPA
    To reach the best outcome – healthy, safe school locations that support high quality education and promote sustainable communities – the process must start at the decision of whether or not a new school site is required, and whether that site and associated educational facilities can be used to support these outcomes. The local education agency (LEA), in concert with the school siting committee (SSC) and with appropriate public involvement, should identify the criteria that will be used to evaluate both the present characteristics and the possible future characteristics of all sites being considered for use as a school as...
  • Tea Party's Next Challenge

    11/10/2010 8:28:37 PM PST · by trappedincanuckistan · 8 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 6, 2010 | Henry Lamb
    Americans can do whatever they decide to do. Witness the politiscape littered with the careers of Democrats deposed by determined Americans who have had enough big-government socialism forced upon them. The next challenge for the tea party – and other organizations – is local and state governments that are systematically implementing freedom-robbing policies in the name of comprehensive planning, smart growth, sustainable development and environmental protection. If the word "freedom" is to have any meaning at all, it must mean that people are free to live wherever they choose, and free to use their property as they choose.
  • The Tea Party’s Next Challenge [Zoning & Agenda 21. Henry Lamb]

    11/07/2010 12:33:34 PM PST · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 9 replies
    Gulag Bound ^ | November 7, 2010, 7:38 | Henry Lamb
    Americans can do whatever they decide to do. Witness the politiscape littered with the careers of Democrats deposed by determined Americans who have had enough big-government socialism forced upon them. The next challenge for the tea party – and other organizations – is local and state governments that are systematically implementing freedom-robbing policies in the name of comprehensive planning, smart growth, sustainable development and environmental protection. If the word “freedom” is to have any meaning at all, it must mean that people are free to live wherever they choose, and free to use their property as they choose. For nearly...
  • American Lung Association: Agenda 21 will save your life

    09/21/2010 11:52:54 AM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 12 replies ^ | 9/21/2010 | Sarah Goodyear
    The ALA in California backs the state's efforts to reduce sprawl and foster a different kind of built environment in the future: "If doctors and other health experts designed our cities, they would look quite different than the sprawling communities we see today," said Sonal R. Patel, M.D., American Lung Association in California Board Member and Director of White Memorial Pediatric Medical Groups Division of Allergy and Immunology in Los Angeles. "Cities would provide more healthy choices, more opportunities for walking and biking, better access to transit, less congestion, more housing close to workplaces, and more parks for kids and...
  • EPA announces National Student Design Competition for Sustainability (Agenda 21 grants)

    09/18/2010 7:13:51 AM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 9 replies · 1+ views
    EPA ^ | 9/17/2010 | EPA
    :SNIP A. Introduction The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the auspices of the Office of Research and Development (ORD), National Center for Environmental Research (NCER), invites submissions to the 8th Annual P3-People, Prosperity & the Planet-Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability. P3 focuses on scientific projects and engineering designs that address the three components of sustainability: people, prosperity and the planet. The P3 Program is intended to support science-based projects and designs developed by interdisciplinary student teams that benefit people by improving their quality of life, promote prosperity by developing local economies, and protect the planet...
  • White House Science Czar Says He’d Use ‘Free Market’ to ‘De-Develop the United States’

    09/16/2010 3:26:31 PM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 50 replies ^ | 9/16/2010 | Breitbart
    From CNS News: In a video interview this week, White House Office of Science and Technology Director John P. Holdren told that he would use the “free market economy” to implement the “massive campaign” he advocated along with Population Bomb author Paul Ehrlich to “de-develop the United States.” In his role as President Barack Obama’s top science and technology adviser, Holdren deals with issues ranging from global warming to health care. “A massive campaign must be launched to restore a high-quality environment in North America and to de-develop the United States,” Holdren wrote along with Paul and Anne H....
  • The real reasons why one billion go hungry: wind farms, biofuels, sustainability…

    09/15/2010 10:22:27 AM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 8 replies ^ | 9/15/201 | James Delingpole
    Given the increased importance of biofuels and the new linkages between agricultural and energy markets, increased cereal yields, if achieved, may not necessarily continue to lead to lower cereal prices. Because the world energy market is so much larger than the world grain market, grain prices may be determined by oil prices in the energy market as opposed to being determined by grain supply.Thus, higher priced energy means more hungry people. Yes, it really is that simple. But not so simple, unfortunately, that people like celebrity lion-impersonator Jeremy Irons can understand it. Up above, you’ll see a video he made...
  • City Council rams through Agenda 21 in Little Rock - 9/13

    09/14/2010 12:37:32 PM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9/13/2010
    Watch as the Little Rock city council rams Agenda 21 down the peoples throats, despite their obvious objections.... This is going on every day in communities nationwide.
  • Group sees city action as ominous (Fighting Agenda 21)

    09/14/2010 10:43:59 AM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 5 replies
    Amarillo Globe News ^ | 9/14/2010 | Karen Smith Welch
    SNIPPET: “Tell me that the comprehensive plan is not about control,” she said. She reiterated concerns she has expressed during city meetings regarding the exclusion of the public from the process. “See, the majority of us were not invited,” Taylor-Restine said. A 21-member steering committee appointed by the City Commission drafted the plan, with the help of a consulting firm. It contains ideas and identifies priorities established during a 14-month process of meetings and hearings that by state law had to be open to the public. Any regulations initiated as a result of the comprehensive plan will have to go...
  • What is "Unsustainable"?

    09/13/2010 11:25:38 AM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 39 replies
    Freedom Advocates ^ | 2/23/2003 | Freedom Advocates Staff
    The Global Biodiversity Assessment Report directed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) calls for urgent action to reverse the effects of unsustainable human activities on global biodiversity, including but not limited to the following: PAGE REFERENCES from "The Global Biodiversity Assessment Report" 337 Ski Runs 350 Grazing of Livestock: cows, sheep, goats, horses 351 Disturbance of the Soil Surface - Page 350 Large hoofed animals, compaction of soil, reducing filtration 351 Fencing of Pastures or Paddocks 728 Agriculture 728 Modern Farm Production Systems 728 Chemical Fertilizers 728 Herbicides 728 Building Materials 730 Industrial Activities 730 Human-Made caves of brick...
  • Parker heads to D.C. to talk up NASA, light rail

    03/16/2010 9:00:16 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 21 replies · 343+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 16, 2010 | BRADLEY OLSON
    Mayor Annise Parker will begin a whirlwind tour of Washington today in which she will try to persuade a skeptical Obama administration not to shelve the Constellation space program, as well as shore up relationships between the city and federal transportation officials. Parker is scheduled to meet with senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Transportation Secretary Roy LaHood, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and members of the local congressional delegation in a two-day blitz. Shortly after she was elected, the administration had invited her to “open dialogue” on certain key issues in Washington, and today's...
  • Critics blast (Houston) Metro's $2.6 billion bond plan (~4x what voters approved in 2003)

    03/10/2010 12:12:17 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 29 replies · 364+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 9, 2010, 11:25PM | BRADLEY OLSON and MIKE SNYDER
    The Metropolitan Transit Authority intends to issue an estimated $2.6 billion in bonds in the next four years to help pay for five new light rail lines, about four times the debt capacity voters authorized in a 2003 referendum, Metro officials confirmed Tuesday. Metro leaders insist the borrowing will not exceed the $640 million debt ceiling set by voters because the agency is allowed other borrowing capacity by state law, and much of the bonds will be paid with money from ridership fares. But critics sharply criticized the plans as going far beyond what voters approved, noting that revenues from...
  • New York City Plans to Topple Public Housing Towers

    02/05/2010 11:14:09 AM PST · by NativeNewYorker · 28 replies · 888+ views
    Philadelphia tore down 21. Chicago leveled 79. Baltimore took down 21 as well, and when six of them came down in one day in 1995, it threw a parade. Since the 1990s, public housing high-rise buildings have come tumbling down by the dozens across the country as cities replaced them with smaller suburban-style homes that did not carry the stigma of looming urban despair and poverty.
  • Using biofuel in cars 'may accelerate loss of rainforest'

    01/28/2010 7:07:05 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 471+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 01/29/10 | Ben Webster
    Using biofuel in cars 'may accelerate loss of rainforest' Ben Webster, Environment Editor Harvesting of palm oil, the production of which is leading to loss of rainforest Using biofuel in vehicles may be accelerating the destruction of rainforest and resulting in higher greenhouse gas emissions than burning pure petrol and diesel, a watchdog said yesterday. The Renewable Fuels Agency also warned that pump prices could rise in April because of the Government’s policy of requiring fuel companies to add biofuel to petrol and diesel. More than 1.3 million hectares of land — twice the area of Devon — was used...
  • The Rail Scam

    01/21/2010 9:35:24 AM PST · by Willie Green · 26 replies · 826+ views
    FOX Business ^ | January 21, 2010 | John Stossel
    Besides alternative energy, on my FBN show tonight, I cover government rail projects. Politicians love spending your money on rail. They claim it cleans the air and reduces traffic jams. Joe Biden said last year: "if you're going to create jobs with a long-lasting platform for the future, it's rail, rail, rail, and rail." But it turns out that, in most places, rail is terribly inefficient. Amtrak loses $32 for every ticket it sells. So few people ride the line from New Orleans to Los Angeles that it manages to lose $462 per passenger.
  • US cities may have to be bulldozed in order to survive

    06/12/2009 11:11:02 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 197 replies · 7,039+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | June 12, 2009 | Tom Leonard
    Dozens of US cities may have entire neighbourhoods bulldozed as part of drastic "shrink to survive" proposals being considered by the Obama administration to tackle economic decline. The government looking at expanding a pioneering scheme in Flint, one of the poorest US cities, which involves razing entire districts and returning the land to nature. Local politicians believe the city must contract by as much as 40 per cent, concentrating the dwindling population and local services into a more viable area. The radical experiment is the brainchild of Dan Kildee, treasurer of Genesee County, which includes Flint. Having outlined his strategy...
  • LaHood defends mass transit push

    05/27/2009 11:04:46 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 30 replies · 689+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | May 21, 2009 | Alan Wirzbicki
    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood defended the pro-mass transit policies of the Obama administration today, and fired back at conservative writer George Will, who devoted an entire column to attacking LaHood earlier this week. "We have to create opportunities for people who want to ride a bike or walk or take a streetcar," he said. "The only person that I've heard of who objects to this is George Will." Will wrote a column in Newsweek magazine criticizing the secretary, whom he dubbed "Secretary of Behavior Modification," for supporting measures to wean commuters off automobiles. LaHood, a former Republican congressman from Illinois,...

    03/22/2009 11:45:13 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 4 replies · 473+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | Wayne Lusvardi
    Those who promote Smart Growth must think everyone reading their propaganda is dumb. How are we to explain the gross twisting of geographic data that continues to pour out of the Smart Growther's think tanks and blogs other than it is agenda-driven propaganda? Like the backwards political slogan "Ignorance is Strength" in George Orwell's novel 1984, the Smart Growthers want to you to believe that "Smart Growth is Environmentally Sustainable" and vice versa. To Smart Growthers environmental reality is often twisted to be the opposite of what they portray. Recent case in point is "How Smart Growth Protects Watersheds, and...
  • How will we fit 15 more Seattles here?

    02/24/2009 9:33:21 PM PST · by Lorianne · 13 replies · 577+ views
    Seattle Post Intelligencer ^ | February 19, 2009 | Joel Connelly
    IF YOU LOOK at projections for the Pacific Northwest, through the 21st century, a population equivalent to 15 Seattles will move into this "livable" corner of the planet. "We have one last chance to get this right," says Gene Duvernoy, president of the Cascade Land Conservancy. What is "right?" The answer -- strike a balance that preserves what makes us "livable." According to a recent Pew Research poll, spaces and cities of the West exert a powerful draw on Americans. Denver, Seattle and San Diego topped the list of where folks would like to move. So as not to wreck...
  • Hollywood VS The Suburbs, and a Mission To Serve

    01/06/2009 7:45:23 AM PST · by This Just In · 9 replies · 418+ views ^ | January 6, 2009 | Dr. Albert Mohler
    The Suburbs -- Hollywood Image and Mission Reality Posted: Tuesday, January 06, 2009 at 4:34 am ET America is a nation transformed by demographics. Flash back just over a century and a majority of Americans live on farms and in rural settings. Today, a clear majority of Americans live in metropolitan settings. Cities are now surrounded by vast rings of settlements and clusters known as suburbs -- and Hollywood doesn't like it. Something significant is represented in Hollywood's depiction of the suburbs as soul-killing enclaves of those unwilling to brave the "authentic" culture of the city itself. A current example...
  • 'Smart growth' group lobbies against new road construction

    12/19/2008 9:03:39 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 445+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/19/08 | Jim Snyder
    Democrats have two goals when it comes to writing a stimulus package: Kick-start the economy, and make it a greener one. But a list of “shovel-ready” road and bridge construction projects pushed by state highway officials to boost the economy and create jobs is a depressingly familiar shade of gray to a group of transit, environmental and “smart growth” advocates. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) said there are 5,000 ready-to-go projects, worth $64 billion. Fully funded, the projects would support 1.8 million jobs, the group said. New roads and bridges translate into more cars on...
  • (Houston Mayor Bill) White announces (Texas US) Senate campaign via Web video

    12/16/2008 4:29:39 PM PST · by weegee · 44 replies · 1,090+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec 16, 2008 | ROLYN FEIBEL
    Houston Mayor Bill White used a Web video to announce his plan to run for U.S. Senate today.... He cites turbulent economic times, a rising federal deficit and high unemployment rates in the video, saying "this may be an opportunity for our nation to do things it has only dreamed of before..." White previously worked as deputy secretary in the U.S. Department of Energy under President Clinton and as chief executive of the Wedge Group, a Houston-based holding company with interests in oil-field services, engineering and real estate. In comments today, he also highlighted signature domestic issues such as health...
  • New land-use law's message: build near transit

    12/04/2008 9:32:55 PM PST · by Lorianne · 19 replies · 593+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 28, 2008
    Many California planning and environmental groups are heralding the passage of legislation designed to address global warming by curbing suburban sprawl as a watershed moment, perhaps the state's most important land-use law in more than 30 years. "It's a sea change in the way we're planning and funding growth and development," said Stephanie Reyes, senior policy advocate with San Francisco's Greenbelt Alliance. "The winds are shifting, and this is the time to get on board." But she and other advocates acknowledge that the importance of SB375, signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in late September, lies as much in...
  • Critics: Schwarzenegger joins Brown in 'war on suburbs' (SB 375, AB 32.. what next?)

    10/15/2008 9:32:14 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 457+ views
    Legal Newsline ^ | 10/15/08 | Scott Sabatini
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-A Wall Street Journal opinion article that claimed California Attorney General Jerry Brown had waged "war on the suburbs" continues to reverberate around rural and suburban towns in California. Critics of Brown's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow urban sprawl have another target, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who rekindled the debate when he signed pro-environmental bills earlier this month. Editors at the Sun-Herald in rural Colusa, Calif., which lies 90 minutes north of Sacramento, became the latest to rebuke the Republican governor for acting too much like the Democratic attorney general. "In his zeal to battle...
  • CA: Curbing sprawl and global warming at the same time (Arnie signs more ugly law)

    10/01/2008 3:42:50 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 36 replies · 519+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | September 30, 2008 | Michael Gardner
    SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed first-in-the-nation legislation Tuesday that takes the campaign to curb global warming to the streets. The complex measure includes a series of incentives and penalties aimed at encouraging cities and counties to be more aggressive in enacting land use policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming. Sen. Darrell Steinberg, a Sacramento Democrat who carried SB 375, said the measure "will be used as the national framework for fighting sprawl and transforming inevitable growth to smart growth. This is a historic day for California." The legislation would use up to $12 billion in...
  • Clark County considers banning car washes in driveways

    09/18/2008 7:33:45 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 32 replies · 4,478+ views Staff ^ | September 18, 2008 | Staff
    VANCOUVER, Wash. -- It may soon be illegal for Vancouver residents to wash their cars in the driveway, according to a local newspaper report. The Oregonian article reports that the state of Washington wants Clark County to come up with laws that control what water goes into storm drains, including banning the soapy water from car washes at private homes. “Well it seems kind of strange forcing people to go through a car wash… Some people can’t afford to do that and would prefer to wash at home,” a woman told KGW as she waited in line for a professional...
  • Got Gas? (Ten Worst Cites for Commuters)

    09/02/2008 6:49:33 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 69 replies · 683+ views
    Climate & Weather (Lifewire) ^ | 2 September 2008 | Nancy Fonti
    Got Gas? You'll need it for the 10 worst commutes in the U.S. (LifeWire) - Lost time and endless aggravation are two of the biggest drawbacks of a grueling commute by car. But gridlock on the way to work also harms the environment by pumping extra pollution into the air and wasting precious fuel. How wasteful and time-consuming a commute becomes depends in part on how slowly traffic moves and how long it is stalled, says David Schrank, an associate research scientist at the Texas Transportation Institute, part of Texas A&M University in College Station. Things start to get...
  • CA: State bill would be a blueprint for growth (Land-use rules to fight global warming / SB 375)

    08/31/2008 10:29:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 458+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 8/31/08 | Michael Gardner
    SACRAMENTO – California is on the verge of initiating a historic rewrite of local planning laws, fusing for the first time the issues of urban growth and global warming. Unprecedented nationally, the complex legislation would steer communities toward land-use policies to contain sprawl, using as much as $12 billion a year in state-controlled transportation funds as an incentive. “This bill will change the way California grows,” said state Sen. Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, its author. Under the measure, the state Air Resources Board would establish targets for 17 regions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of a broader campaign to...
  • Calif. bill would tie land use to carbon emissions

    08/31/2008 10:12:17 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 34 replies · 654+ views
    AP via google news ^ | Don Thompson
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — For decades, California cities and counties knew one way to grow — by sprawling outward. That approach, which has led to ever longer commutes, jammed freeways and worsening air quality, is being challenged under a bill that was approved Saturday in the state Legislature. If signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has not yet indicated whether he would do so, the bill would require local governments to plan their growth so that homes, businesses and public transit systems are clustered together. The goal is to help California meet the emission mandates spelled out in a wide-ranging...
  • CA: A smart bill for smart growth ... on verge of passage in Legislature

    08/21/2008 4:00:46 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 29 replies · 238+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 21, 2008 | George Skelton
    Shorter commutes. Less sprawl. Cleaner air. Denser housing closer to downtown near transportation hubs. "Smart growth" it's called. California policy makers have been yakking about this -- dreaming about it -- for decades. But too many interests have been prospering from dumb growth or have merely been skittish of a future they can't quite visualize. Enter a tenacious policy wonk with roots in local government: state Sen. Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento). He has just managed to finesse to the verge of legislative passage a visionary smart growth bill that, by its nature, also fights global warming. ... (snip) The measure (SB...
  • Texas Lawmaker Talks Toll Roads with Utah Legislature

    08/21/2008 7:45:43 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies · 240+ views
    KCPW ^ | August 20, 2008 | KCPW News
    (KCPW News) Utah lawmakers took tips on highway funding from a Texas legislator this morning. Texas Republican Representative Mike Krusee joined them on Capitol Hill. He told the Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee that with federal money drying up, the only way to pay for new highways is to make them toll roads. "Guess how many roads pay for themselves in taxes? Zero. Not a one. Most of them are less than 50 percent," said Krusee. "Imagine if you're a grocery a store owner, and you decide, I'm gonna sell sirloin at a buck a pound, and I'm gonna sell...
  • Is your scooter a polluter?

    08/08/2008 9:38:43 AM PDT · by Domandred · 27 replies · 140+ views
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 8/8/2008 | CYNTHIA SEWELL
    Which gets better gas mileage, a Hummer or a scooter? No contest. But which is more polluting? It may not be what you think. "It's true. The cleanest scooter is still dirtier than a car," said John Swanton, air pollution specialist with the California Air Resources Board.

    07/24/2008 9:37:47 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 54 replies · 253+ views
    Former Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown is waging war on California suburbs because of global warming, says Joel Kotkin, a presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University. Brown is concerned about the alleged environmental damage caused by the suburbs. He wants to compel residents to move to city centers or to high-density developments clustered near mass transit lines: • Brown has threatened to file suit against municipalities that shun high-density housing in favor of building new suburban single-family homes, on the grounds that they will pollute the environment. • He is also backing controversial legislation -- Senate bill 375 --...
  • Munger on the Political Economy of Public Transportation

    07/07/2008 11:22:38 AM PDT · by newbie2008 · 1 replies · 102+ views
    Michael Munger of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about Munger's recent trip to Chile and the changes Chile has made to Santiago's bus system. What was once a private decentralized system with differing levels of quality and price has been transformed into a system of uniform quality designed from the top down. How has the new system fared? Not particularly well according to Munger. Commuting times are up and the President of Chile has apologized to the Chilean people for the failures of the new system. Munger talks about why such changes take place and why they...
  • Suburbia's not dead yet

    07/06/2008 4:43:26 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 34 replies · 207+ views
    LA Times ^ | 6 July 2008 | Joel Kotkin
    While millions of American families struggle with falling house prices, soaring gasoline costs and tightening credit, some environmentalists, urban planners and urban real estate speculators are welcoming the bad news as signaling what they have long dreamed of -- the demise of suburbia. In a March Atlantic article, Christopher B. Leinberger, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and a professor of urban planning, contended that yesterday's new suburbs will become "the slums" of tomorrow because high gas prices and the housing meltdown will force Americans back to the urban core. Leinberger is not alone. Other pundits, among them author...
  • What Is a Vanpool? (program in L.A. to share van and cut costs of commuting)

    07/01/2008 6:01:31 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 16 replies · 119+ views ^ | 7-1-08
    WEBSITE Overview What is a Vanpool? With gas prices rising, traffic congestion increasing, and energy resources dwindling, smart long-distance commuters are seizing the opportunity to turn an often costly and frustrating daily commute into a more pleasant experience. It’s called vanpooling. Vanpools are similar to carpools, except they generally involve more people. A vanpool is a group of 5 to 15 people who regularly travel together to work 30 miles or more (roundtrip) in a comfortable van. Typically, riders pay a monthly fare and maintenance fee, while drivers ride at a discounted rate in exchange for driving and maintaining...