Friday, December 28, 2018

Who pays for the health costs of cars?

Air pollution from cars and vans racks up health bills of nearly £6bn every year in the UK, according to a new report by researchers at the universities of Oxford and Bath.
The costs to both the NHS and society at large were highest in cities, and diesel vehicles were the worst offenders in terms of harmful pollutants.
In total, the scientists concluded the health cost of an average car in inner London over the vehicle’s lifetime was nearly £8,000. For diesel cars this figure was nearly double. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Hidden cost of sprawl, the minutes of your life While super commuters still represent a small share of the overall workforce, their long commutes have become increasingly common over the past decade. In 2005, there were about 3.1 million super commuters, roughly 2.4 percent of all commuters. By 2016, that share had increased by 15.9 percent to 2.8 percent of all commuters, or about 4 million workers. In some parts of the country the problem is much worse; in Stockton, where James lives, 10 percent of commuters travel more than 90 minutes to work each day.

Monday, June 4, 2018

G7 fossil fuel subsidies worth $100bn a year to industry, study finds

climatechangenews : "The study found that the world’s seven major industrial democracies spent at least $100 billion (£70 billion) a year to prop up oil, gas and coal consumption at home and abroad in 2015 and 2016 despite their pledge to end fossil fuel subsidies by 2025.

While France topped the overall ranking, the UK scored the fourth lowest score out of seven and the US was last. The data analysed does not cover the Trump administration."

Monday, May 14, 2018

Tarsands cost more energy than they produce

NAFTA body calls for investigation into oilsands tailings enforcement | Edmonton Journal: "Studies have suggested the ponds leak water containing tailings from oilsands production into the Athabasca River.

The ponds are estimated to hold 1.3 trillion litres of contaminated water."
Even without including clean-up costs, the tarsands are negative net-energy. There are trillions of dollars already invested in autosprawl, all depending on energy in liquid form.

Now, if you add in the clean up. It is easy to see that it would have been better to invest in buses.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Electric cars an excuse for more #autosprawlsubsidy

The New York Times : "...Tesla reported it used up only $277 million in cash in the fourth quarter. That was down from $1.4 billion in the third quarter. On a full-year basis, however, the company used nearly $3.5 billion in cash, more than twice the amount from 2016."
nyt Yet in the final tax bill Mr. Trump signed in December, there they are: the full panoply of tax incentives for renewable energy, as well as the $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit.

Automakers can get up to 1.5 billion from this subsidy.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

100-vehicle pileup on snow-covered highway - who pays for this?

The Washington Post: "Stunning video footage captured the aftermath of snow and ice-related pileup involving about 100 vehicles in southwestern Missouri on Sunday afternoon."
The autosprawl system is expensive in bad weather. Taxpayers have to pay of lot of the cost. This is subsidy to those who profit from the system.