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Why mass transit is doomed in America: Politicians don’t know people who use it

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If big, liberal cities can’t adequately fund their transit systems, what hope does anywhere else have? If you want to know why mass transit is doomed in the United States, look at the place where it is undoubtedly more successful — and more widely used — than anywhere else in the country: New York. In 2008, Michael Bloomberg proposed congestion pricing for Manhattan’s inner core, proposing an $8 charge for most passenger cars, to be charged only once a day. The money would’ve gone to the MTA, to fix up…read more

Rooftop Solar Dims Under Pressure From Utility Lobbyists

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[From  The New York Times ] By HIROKO TABUCHIJULY 8, 2017 Over the past six years, rooftop solar panel installations have seen explosive growth — as much as 900 percent by one estimate. That growth has come to a shuddering stop this year, with a projected decline in new installations of 2 percent, according to projections from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. A number of factors are driving the reversal, from saturation in markets like California to financial woes at several top solar panel makers. But the decline has also coincided with a concerted…read more

Vogtle: at $65 billion and counting, it’s a case study of nuclear power’s staggeringly awful economic

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Vogtle Units 3 (left) and 4, July 30, 2015. After 41 months of construction, the project is 39 months behind schedule. Photo by High Flyer, special to Savannah River Site Watch. By Michael Mariotte from GreenWorld Georgia is one state that you would think would be wary of nuclear power economics. The first two reactors at Georgia Power’s Vogtle site, which came online in the late 1980s, were a record 800% over budget. That is a number that is almost impossible to grasp. Nothing goes 800% over budget–in the real world,…read more

The Environmental Scandal That’s Happening Right Beneath Your Feet

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https://medium.com/ · by Matter · November 6, 2013 Uprising: Winner of the 2013 AAAS Kavli award for online science journalism. BY THE TIME BOB ACKLEY crossed the Harlem River into Manhattan he’d been up for nearly four hours. It was still dark, not yet seven on a Sunday morning: the best time of the week to go sniffing for gas. The back seat of his hatchback was littered with hi-tech equipment. Plastic hoses and cables connected a web of instruments: a laser spectrometer, a computer, GPS equipment, a pump, and a fan. The jumble…read more