Unsafe DOT-111s, the Ford Pinto of rail cars, make up the vast majority of oil-filled tank cars now riding the US rails. They are clearly dangerous—so why are these tank cars still on the rails? The reason, in short, is because the railroad and rail car industries have opposed new safety rules. Notably, behind many of the industry groups opposing hauling Bakken crude in only safe tank cars is a single figure: Warren Buffett. Read more.
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The 2014 Canadian Transit Scores are out…and Vancouver, BC clocks in as the third most transit-friendly city in the Great White North, narrowly bested by Toronto and Montreal. Pretty good, eh?
But what’s even better: when you combine Canada and the US, Vancouver comes it at number 6! The only US cities with a better Transit Score than Vancouver are New York, San Francisco, and Boston.
When British Columbia enacted a carbon tax shift in 2008, many thought other jurisdictions would follow soon with their own ways of cashing in their carbon. Seven states and four provinces were working out the details of a huge carbon cap-and-trade market called the Western Climate Initiative. Candidates Barack Obama and John McCain were campaigning for president with promises of clean energy on the double quick; Senator Obama even pitched carbon pricing in his stump speech. Ottawa was murmuring about … read more »
There’s an old fable about a scorpion and a frog: the frog generously offers to carry a scorpion across a river…but halfway across, the scorpion stings the frog, drowning them both. With its dying breath, the frog asks why the scorpion did something so stupid, and the scorpion replies: “I can’t help myself. Stinging is what scorpions do!”
More of this please, Fortune 500: Apple CEO, visibly angry, tells science-denier stockholders to sell Apple stock if they don’t believe in climate change.
In 2009, former head of the Federal Reserve Paul Volker said, “I wish someone would give me one shred of neutral evidence that financial innovation has led to economic growth—one shred of evidence.” Here are some shreds of evidence to the contrary—some charts suggesting that the enormous growth of the financial sector has been … read more »