Monday, January 12, 2015
CityLab: "This national refusal to increase gas taxes—which have gone unchanged at the federal level since 1993—has two enormous impacts on everyday life. The first is that drivers no longer cover the cost of road and bridge maintenance, as the gas tax originally intended. UC Davis scholar Mark Delucchi recently estimated that drivers fall short in this respect by 20 to 70 cents per gallon. General taxpayers have made up the resulting budget gap in recent years, whether they drive or not."
at 9:46 AM
Thursday, October 23, 2014
To preserve the car-and-sprawl economy of the US, it is necessary to spend a lot of money controlling energy sources and transport routes, especially oil. A big reserve of high net-energy oil is in Kirkuk, Iraq. Consequently the US has to fight the Islamic State (aka ISIS) for control of this oil. It would be a lot easier just to make buses free and gradually dismantle sprawl, but a lot of billionaires would lose money, so they force the taxpayer to continue this subsidy.
ibtimes : "Of the $1.1 billion, more than $60 million have been spent on Navy munitions alone, which include 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles fired by American warships from the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf. The bulk of these missiles targeted al Qaeda-linked Khorasan group near the Syrian city of Aleppo, AP reported. The figures released by the U.S. Central Command reportedly did not provide a cost estimate for ammunitions used by the Air Force, which is expected to be significantly higher."
at 1:23 AM
Friday, September 26, 2014
Vox: " it's simply not the case that road tolls, gasoline taxes, and other revenues derived from drivers that pay for America's road infrastructure."
at 2:21 PM
Sunday, August 3, 2014
The Price of Sprawl: A Florida guide to the taxpayer cost of residential development: "Most Floridians are unaware of the huge amount of housing already approved, but not yet built. It’s enough housing for over 100 million people — over 5 times more than Florida’s current population of around 19 million."
at 2:41 PM
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Oil Change : "As of July 2014, Oil Change International estimates the total value of U.S. subsidies to the fossil fuel industry at $37.5 billion annually, including international finance. This does not include military, health, climate, or local pollution costs. These subsidies have increased dramatically as U.S. oil and gas production has increased."
at 4:44 PM
Monday, June 2, 2014
Study shows public health often ignored in transportation policy: ""The public health effects of heavy traffic are broad," said study author Carolyn McAndrews, PhD, assistant professor at the CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning, one of the largest schools of its kind in the U.S. "Studies have found associations between high-traffic roads and high mortality rates, lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, poor birth outcomes and traffic-related injuries.""
at 6:29 PM
Thursday, May 29, 2014
New NHTSA Study Shows Motor Vehicle Crashes Have $871 Billion Economic and Societal Impact on U.S. Citizens | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): "WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released a new study that underscores the high economic toll and societal impact of motor vehicle crashes in the United States. The price tag for crashes comes at a heavy burden for Americans at $871 billion in economic loss and societal harm. This includes $277 billion in economic costs – nearly $900 for each person living in the United States based on calendar year 2010 data — and $594 billion in harm from the loss of life and the pain and decreased quality of life due to injuries."
at 8:40 PM