Thursday, May 21, 2020

One externalitiy -- unpaid cost -- of cars and sprawl, is cancer

It’s been more than a dozen years since the metaphorical alarm was first sounded, and yet the residents of Fort Chipewyan still don’t know what’s killing them.
What they do know is that there are still elevated rates of cancer in the northern Alberta community. They also know that nothing's been done to address the issue, despite community leaders asking for further investigation for years.
“It’s like a silent killer. You don’t know what it is that’s out there, what’s causing you to get sick,” said Chief Allan Adam, leader of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation since 2007. Adam was in Ottawa last week campaigning, once again, to get answers for his community.
https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/12/17/features/downstream-oilsands-death-cancer-comes-too-often 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

UK to spend £27.4bn over next five years on roads

On the back of new chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement of £27.4bn in investment for the UK’s roads in today’s budget, the Department of Transport has published its strategy for revamping the UK’s motorways and “A” roads. 
The funding will go towards the both the enhancement and repair of existing roads as well as completing a raft of prominent new projects around the country.
https://www.cityam.com/budget-2020-government-announces-27-4bn-roads-revamp/ 

Saturday, March 7, 2020

New Zealand car drivers are subsidized by rate-payers

But a surprisingly large amount don’t seem to know that driving does as well – 90% of roads in New Zealand are not fully funded out of fuel excise, but draw on local rates money as well (the exception being State Highways). Most times you drive your car you are not paying your own way, but are being subsidised by ratepayers.
https://talkingtransport.com/2020/03/08/free-public-transport/ 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Half of new oil production in US requires subsidy at $50 price

"We find that, at recent oil prices of US$50 per barrel, tax preferences and other subsidies push nearly half of new, yet-to-be-developed oil investments into profitability, potentially increasing US oil production by 17 billion barrels over the next few decades."
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41560-017-0009-8.epdf? 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

British Columbia giving taxpayer gift of $5.35 billion gift to Gas company

The “right” fiscal framework amounts to a bouquet of government subsidies for B.C.’s largest carbon polluter, including tax reprieves, tax exemptions and cheaper electricity rates for some of the largest and most profitable multinationals in the world — the LNG Canada quintet of Royal Dutch Shell, Mitsubishi Corp., Malaysian-owned Petronas, PetroChina Co. and Korean Gas Corp. 
At a technical briefing for media, a B.C. senior government official pegged the province’s total financial incentives for the project at $5.35 billion.
https://thenarwhal.ca/lng-canada-project-called-a-tax-giveaway-as-b-c-approves-massive-subsidies/ 

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Anti-business tax to support cars - let's get cars off welfare

Densely populated metropolitan areas like New York City have become ground zero for clashes among cars, bikes and trucks competing for limited parking spaces. For delivery companies, the tight fit means racking up huge parking fines as a cost of doing business.
https://www.freightwaves.com/news/ups-hit-with-22m-in-nyc-parking-fines/amp

Friday, February 14, 2020

Trolls still asking "who will pay for #freepublictransport?" while EU votes €24 billion for gas

Energy projects on the 4th PCI list are eligible to receive up to 50% of funding from the EU through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). Among the 151 projects included on the list, 55 new fossil gas projects have sparked the greatest backlash. 
"This decision could unleash €24 billion in finance for climate-wrecking pipelines and €1.7 billion for new LNG (liquified natural gas) terminals, which eclipses the €7.5 billion of new resources due to be raised to tackle the climate crisis through the EU's plans for a 'Green Deal,'" said Clemence Dubois, campaigner at climate group 350.org.