A missed opportunity light rail and/or streetcar transit need not be

I think it’s silly: There are people who get all worked up over the mention of light rail and/or streetcar transit. What appears to get their gooses more than anything else is the thought of unsightly overhead catenary wire (the electrical distribution system for powering such networks – hint: there are some that operate catenary-free … Read more

Fugitive air-pollutant releases from Calif. refineries, associated risk to people exposed, covered in new report

The below Mar. 20, 2019 news release is from the California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board. California air quality regulators today [Mar. 20, 2019] released a report recommending actions to improve emergency and routine air monitoring at California’s major oil refineries and in the communities that surround them. “Many communities near major refineries live … Read more

For company seeking Hawaiʻi solar-water-heating exemption, ‘good luck with that’ court, in effect, says

The below Feb. 25, 2019 press release is from Earthjustice. On Friday [Feb. 22, 2019], The Gas Co. LLC (dba Hawaiʻi Gas), a subsidiary of Australian-based Macquarie Infrastructure Group, filed a request to intervene in state environmental court so that the company can reopen the court’s decision three weeks ago upholding the state law mandate … Read more

To stop continued tainting of central Ariz., northern Cal. air, groups call on court

Like central and southern California, northern California and central Arizona suffer from and struggle with the effects of bad air. Part of the struggle or challenge entails cleaning the bad air in the latter two regions up. By cleaning up what this means is meeting national ambient air health standards for both smog (ozone) and … Read more

In the interest of helping improve air, should transit service be made free?

There are transit systems and then there are transit systems. Take, for example, the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar system. For Feb. 2019 ridership was 24,708. This compares to the Kansas City, Missouri’s average 175,150 riders per month tally for its system in 2018. Could the difference in the number of monthly boardings between the two … Read more

U.S. energy consumption from 1950 to 2017 and the carbon connection

Energy use or consumption in the United States, when you think about it, how many people give this any serious thought? It’s not conversation that typically comes up at dinner time. But, this doesn’t mean the subject isn’t important. It’s good to take a look at American energy consumption from time to time just to … Read more

Development of green-fuel technologies for rail spearheaded by British company

The below Jan. 31, 2019 press release is from Vivarail. UK train designers and manufacturers Vivarail today revealed new visuals for their hydrogen train showing how their unique modular design will mean more seats for passengers as well as emission-free travel. Vivarail’s on-going success in launching new technologies to the UK market means it is … Read more

Pilot project brings cleaner energy to homes in CenCal’s rural communities

The below December 13, 2018 press release is from The Greenlining Institute. Today [Dec. 13, 2018] the California Public Utilities Commission approved a series of pilot projects to bring long-overdue relief to rural communities lacking natural gas service, providing residents with cleaner and healthier alternatives for heating and cooking, as well as home weatherization. The … Read more