The media is full of odd news about how warming is evil and Ice Ages are wonderful. The latest is all about mastodons being killed by warm weather. This runs alongside ads for visiting super warm places on holidays. Our rulers consume energy and spew out tons of CO2 while lecturing us. They also want more public transportation and do this where it is the most useless or uses even more CO2 producing energy. Meanwhile, New York City gets no credit for one of the world’s biggest, most heavily used public transportation systems.
I am very much all for electrical vehicles in big cities due to carbon MONOXIDE. This is most certainly a deadly gas for both plants and animals. Also, ozone is dangerous, too. But systems to run buses on batteries is failing which is hilarious since we had all-electrical trollies in all the big cities a mere 100 years ago: Flat batteries on ‘Boris bus’ add fuel to criticism of London mayor | Politics | The Guardian
Many of the “Boris buses”, which cost £350,000 each and were intended to halve CO2 emissions, are running almost entirely on diesel, drivers have complained. The engines were supposed to only run when they needed to charge the battery.
Transport for London (TfL) confirmed the electric power supplies on up to 80 of the buses have had to be mended or replaced by the manufacturer.
“This bus has been a scandal from start to finish,” said Christian Wolmar, who is bidding to become Labour’s candidate for London mayor and uncovered driver concerns about the problem. “Now we find that the supposed environmental benefits are a con.”
Downtown trolleys replaced with zero-emission vehicles in Louisville, Kentucky. Same buses that supposedly charge the batteries by running diesel engines periodically. Each bus cost more than a million dollars! The previous trolleys were all converted electrical trolley cars turned into tourist buses. TARC going through with route cuts after this purchase to save over a million dollars. They are cutting bus service for working people elsewhere in the city!
John Owen, a founder of the ad hoc citizens group, had expressed concern that, while cutting service on some of the busiest routes, TARC is continuing to operate free trolley routes downtown that are losing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
These routes he is complaining about are the ones now being serviced by the million dollar CO2 neutral buses that are not CO2 neutral at all. The city said these free trolleys are very popular with downtown businesses which want tourists and the workers who pay the taxes and ride the other buses that charge fares should just drop dead.
In England like the US, our rulers love consuming CO2 and jet set/use limos even for short distances which can easily be walked: George Osborne’s deputy slams John Bercow for claiming £172 for 0.7 mile journey in a chauffeur driven limo. They all do this, of course. This is also why so many of these creeps flew to Rome to pet the Pope for denouncing CO2 as the very devil and anyone consuming it will be thrown into hell along with the Popemobile.
Detroit has a very unpopular transportation system that is supposed to save the planet that doesn’t work and which makes no sense: We spent 12 hours riding the People Mover so you don’t have to | Local News | Detroit Metro Times
Yes, it’s a costly piece of transportation that operates itself — but it is the foundation for something more. Even to this day, elected officials and planners seem hellbent on dropping nearly $1 billion to pour additional cement to widen our highways. For some context, that kind of money would buy the originally proposed $500 million light rail line on Woodward between downtown to 8 Mile Road, and then cover operation costs for years.
It gives one pause to consider what type of results the region would see if that same drive was established to construct a more efficient public transit system here — like, for instance, one that directly connects to the People Mover, as it was intended.
For instance, look at the efforts behind the 3.3-mile M-1 Rail streetcar on Woodward Avenue. Backers of that project fought like hell over seven years work to make it a reality. They clearly showed commitment to making an alternative transit project happen. Still, the project has been criticized by a number of observers as a parking shuttle of sorts for downtown employees and out-of-towners visiting the city. Yes, M-1 Rail will drop riders off at Grand Circus Park, where they can hop on the People Mover. But the transition isn’t seamless: They’ll have to exit onto the street and walk upstairs to the People Mover platform — and they’ll have to pay an additional fare.
And if the streetcar, which is expected to open in fall 2016 runs as fast as its counterpart in Portland, Ore., a city M-1 Rail backers have highlighted during their mission to bring the Detroit project online, that might be cause for alarm: In 2013, the Oregonian found that, depending on the time of day and distance, one could walk faster to their destination than the Portland Streetcar.
The reporter rode this People Mover and most of the time it was deserted which means, when it runs, it consumes energy for zero purpose. One good thing about cars is, when they are moving, they generally actually are moving people. Bankrupt Detroit is losing millions on these People Movers that do no real service.
Then there is this Max Stupid In Fort Collins | Real Science which is another ‘people mover’ bus CO2 solution that has very few passengers, costs a fortune and even global warming politicians and residents refuse to use. Fort Collins has many bicyclists and yet most of the money is tossed into this bus black hole instead of improving the biking experience.
NY MTA: Suburban Passengers Get $7 Subsidy Per Ride, Subway Riders, A Buck – WNYC: taxes fund 15% of subway service. No public service makes a profit but in the case of NYC, the system is about as close to a fully funded system as possible with only a small part needing tax help. But then, the system is overcrowded and suffering from lack of funds to make it more comfortable and available. I used to commute on the subways in NYC and had big fights with the city council about funding repairs and improvements and of course, increasing the police force for the subways back when movies were made about horrors of riding the subways, it was so terrible back in the 1970’s.
Obama was in Kenya this week and Kenya pledges to cut carbon emissions 30% by 2030 | Environment | The Guardian
Several dozen countries representing 59% of world carbon emissions have submitted their pledges, known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions in the jargon of the climate talks, to the UN ahead of the Paris summit.
Kenya estimated it will need $40bn over the next 15 years, some of it in the form of foreign aid, to fully implement its climate mitigation and adaptation plans.
The futility of all this is obvious. I happen to support development of alternative energy systems based on the fact that fossil fuels will inevitably run out. The earth is not a big ball of fossil fuels! On the other hand, the solutions to these problems are not being addressed by the leaders who are screaming about CO2. They are all lying hypocrites and they infuriate me greatly.
They are doing terrible damage to alternative energy research and systems by lying about the weather. We have to keep our eye on the real ball here: oil isn’t infinite. Setting up better systems can be done but this must be organic, not imposed via fiat.
I lived off the grid for 15 years. I am on the grid now but would happily go off it more via using solar energy but can’t afford this right now. The true fear for me is, if the sun is going into a Little Ice Age cooling cycle, our energy problems will be much worse due to the severe cold which is already showing itself: Ice conditions hold up resupply of Iqaluit, east Hudson Bay – North – CBC News
Contrary to predictions made earlier this year, Leclair said, the sea ice in the bay has not been melting.
This is funny: “According to a Coast Guard officer, the icy conditions “are the “worst he’s seen in 20 years“ “A carefully planned, 115-day scientific expedition on board the floating research vessel, the CCGS Amundsen, has been derailed as the icebreaker was called to help resupply ships navigate heavy ice in Hudson Bay.
Hudson Bay is the very first place all Ice Ages begin. In Europe, the starting point isn’t in Russia or the Nordic states, it is Scotland! Scotland has been seeing colder summer weather, too. The key is, colder summers. Winters are already terribly cold in the Hudson Bay region normally. The problem arises when summer is cold, too. This is what we have to worry about and the global warmists are ignoring icy Hudson Bay this last three years as it gets colder and more ice forms.
They run off to the West Coast which has the least glaciation compared to the Eastern half of the continent. This ridiculous focus on the wrong things is typical of people seeking money for no purpose, not people interested in really solving real problems and there are plenty of real problems to be solved in the real world.
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