Friday, August 30, 2013

As Michiganders drive less, is more public transportation funding needed? ""The main reasons for the decline in driving are increased telecommuting, increased use of public transportation, increased urbanization of the population, and changes in the age composition of drivers (fewer young drivers and more older drivers, with older drivers driving less in general)," Sivak said in an email."

Saturday, August 17, 2013

How Much Money Can You Save By Living Car Free

Living Carless: "If you sit down and calculate the numbers it seems that many people are possibly spending up to 50% of their income on vehicle ownership. Sometimes even more if your family has more than one car. With continually rising gas prices, car payments, insurance premiums, maintenance, auto repairs, and other car ownership expenses it’s no wonder that road rage exists. We have become a society that is enslaved by the gas and automotive industry."

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Money spent on cars leaves the community

Strong Towns: "My back-of-the-envelope calculation indicates that the Holland-Zeeland area (where I live) would see as much as $300 million returned to the local economy EACH YEAR if every two-car household became a one-car household.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Massive Toxic Black Cloud, Brought To You by the Koch Bros, Blows Over Detroit

Common Dreams: "MInd-boggling video of a billowing, high-carbon, high-sulfur cloud from the mountain of petroleum coke - waste from Canadian tar sands shipped from Alberta to Detroit, and the dirtiest potential energy source ever - illegally stored by the Koch Brothers along the Detroit River. Produced by Marathon Refinery but owned by Koch Carbon, the pet-coke piles have for months been producing "fugitive dust" - ie: thick black crud - that blankets the homes of outraged residents and lawmakers; analysis shows the dust contains elevated levels of lead, sulfur, zinc and the likely carcinogenic vanadium. Environmental officials say the Koch Brothers broke the law by not getting a permit for their toxic dump, and they can't guarantee there won't be another "dust event,""

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