Saturday, October 11, 2014

Confirmed: California Aquifers Contaminated With Billions Of Gallons of Fracking Wastewater

DeSmogBlog: "It was revealed yesterday that the California State Water Resources Board has sent a letter to the EPA confirming that at least nine of those sites were in fact dumping wastewater contaminated with fracking fluids and other pollutants into aquifers protected by state law and the federal Safe Drinking Water Act."

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fare-free Emeryville Go-Round is well-liked and needed

Virgin.com: "everyone on the Emeryville Go-round was using it to get from home to MacArthur BART station which would whisk them into work downtown. “If it wasn’t for the Go-Round I wouldn’t be able to live in Emeryville. It’s a nice place, you get more space for your money here, and there are great facilities which I wouldn’t be able to take advantage of if it wasn’t for the Go-Round,” said Rubiha Masidjana, an Emeryville resident."

Friday, July 25, 2014

SFpark Success – Cars Win Again!

Parking meters are expensive to install and maintain. How much #freetransit could you buy with this money? Many solutions for the problem of cars in the city are just a waste of money and prolong the problem.
SFpark Success – Shoup Wins Again! | ELP: "The report found that the average parking rates were lower, parking availability improved, the ease of finding and paying for parking improved, greenhouse gas emissions declined, and vehicle miles traveled decreased. "

Monday, July 21, 2014

June’s heat was record-breaking, for the planet, California and San Francisco - SFGate Blog

SFGate Blog: "June’s average temperature — 61.2 degrees — marked the 38th consecutive June that the mercury has been above the 20th century average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration."

Friday, July 4, 2014

Cars feel cheap because you don't pay per trip

Co.Design | business + design: "Almost 40% of travel within San Francisco is taken by personal car. This does not include cars coming into or going out of the city. What are these people thinking? Probably that cars are really versatile, really convenient (if they are parked in your driveway), and even though you are paying hundreds of dollars per month in depreciation, insurance, parking, maintenance, and fuel costs, no one charges you to get in your own car and go, so they feel really cheap even though they're not."

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Transit Last - San Francisco Transit Riders Union

sftru : "SAN FRANCISCO – Mayor Ed Lee gives away Sunday meters, fails to manage transit labor negotiations—stranding transit riders without warning—and pulls support for the Vehicle License Fee (VLF) which was to increase funding to Muni. Mayor Lee’s actions seem well on their way to amending the city charter to enforce a “transit last” policy.
 
"Somehow riders keep coming up at the short end of this stick,” said Daniel Sisson, SFTRU board member. "It is extremely difficult to see our city’s actions as anything but entirely hostile to the 700,000 transit riders each day. It’s a complete failure of leadership.”"

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Write-down of two-thirds of US shale oil explodes fracking myth

Nafeez Ahmed: "Next month, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) will publish a new estimate of US shale deposits set to deal a death-blow to industry hype about a new golden era of US energy independence by fracking unconventional oil and gas.

EIA officials told the Los Angeles Times that previous estimates of recoverable oil in the Monterey shale reserves in California of about 15.4 billion barrels were vastly overstated. The revised estimate, they said, will slash this amount by 96% to a puny 600 million barrels of oil."