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Does the editor of Science understand ‘the Dismal Science’?

February 23rd, 2014 · 4 Comments

Reading the latest editorial by Marcia McNutt, the editor of Science magazine, makes one wonder: Does she understand and have any respect for ‘the Dismal Science‘? ¬†Very simply, McNutt failed to demonstrate basic knowledge about economics (that ‘dismal science’) and failed to consider basic business calculations (and ignored many other reasons why Keystone XL is […]

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Tags: analysis · economics · Energy · tar sands · trains

Four Transport Alternatives to Canadian Tar Sands

August 31st, 2011 · Comments Off on Four Transport Alternatives to Canadian Tar Sands

Yet another guest post from the thoughtful BruceMcF. There has recently been a flurry of activism regarding regulatory approval of the “XL Pipeline” in support of bitumen production from Canadian Tar Sands. Along with hundreds arrested in front of the White House, this is an issue that has attracted substantial attention from a variety of […]

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Tags: Energy · guest post · trains · transportation

Conventional Rail and the Steel Interstates ~ Best Friends Forever

April 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on Conventional Rail and the Steel Interstates ~ Best Friends Forever

Yet another guest post from the thoughtful BruceMcF. I’ve written several times about the direct potential of the Steel Interstate project to cut our oil imports by 10% by getting long haul freight trucking off the road. It would at the same time relieve the crushing burden imposed by long haul trucking on our over-worked, […]

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Tags: Energy · guest post · rail · trains · transportation

NYT takes Koch Bros. dictation on Florida High Speed Rail

March 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off on NYT takes Koch Bros. dictation on Florida High Speed Rail

Yet another guest post from the thoughtful BruceMcF. Burning the Midnight Oil for Living Energy Independence Suppose that you wanted to inject a framing into a purely political strategy which also happened to involve sabotaging the future of the nation’s economy? “We sabotaged the future economy.” Hmmm, that would be a bad talking point there. […]

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Tags: Energy · journalism · trains · transportation

Going on the Attack for Amtrak

January 31st, 2011 · Comments Off on Going on the Attack for Amtrak

BruceMcF is a thinker re rail transportation who merits heeding … in this guest post, he looks at Amtrak’s value as it faces the budgetary axe threat from the Republican Study Committee. The Republicans have won one of the established political Power Positions in American Politics, and so they propose to eliminate funding for Amtrak: […]

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Tags: Energy · guest post · rail · republican party · trains · transportation

GOP has identified the number one threat to our “Fredoms”…

October 28th, 2010 · 1 Comment

This is a guest post from Renzo Gasolini who, with some painful satire, highlights how (even) the Chinese have “left behind” the United States in a key path toward a prosperous and climate-friendly future.¬† For those who might question how much this rings true, perhaps it is worth considering that in Wisconsin. Republican candidate for […]

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Tags: Energy · guest post · republican party · trains · transportation

Trains to Sustain Our Suburbs?

September 7th, 2010 · Comments Off on Trains to Sustain Our Suburbs?

Another guest post from the extremely thoughtful and insightful BruceMcF. Bruce’s thoughts, writ large, about transport policy and, more specifically, electrified rail merit attention and action. Burning the Midnight Oil for Living Energy Independence As Dean Baker reported on the (bookmark worthy) Real World Economics Review Blog, new home sales figures for July are out, […]

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Tags: Energy · guest post · trains · transportation

A Train Running A Profit is Charging Too Much

January 25th, 2010 · 2 Comments

This guest post by the very thoughtful BruceMcF focuses on the public transit / rail version of the need to look beyond stove-pipes to full values for a true cost-benefit analysis. Just like so many fossil fuel costs are externalized (pollution, whether causing cancers or climate change), so too are many transit benefits. Those investing […]

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Tags: analysis · Energy · trains · transportation

Supporting Rail Electrification with the Climate Bill

October 11th, 2009 · Comments Off on Supporting Rail Electrification with the Climate Bill

Electrification of rail is one of the most effective currently available technology paths for reducing carbon emissions. It should be on the top of the policy agenda. It is, basically, nowhere to be found. Here is a guest post by the very thoughtful BruceMcF, looking at this gap and providing a path forward for addressing […]

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Tags: climate legislation · Energize America · Energy · environmental · financial policy · government energy policy · rail · trains · transportation

“Growing” Green Transport

September 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

Another guest post from the extremely thoughtful and knowledgeable BruceMcF, offering a vision for rail transport that would be well worth embracing. On Thursday, djrekluse wrote: Despite considerable tension and even aversion in green communities to the subject, we cannot talk about “going green” without making it a discussion about growth through various hierarchies of […]

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