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  • ...Many environmentalists believe that wind and solar power can be scaled to meet the rising demand, especially if coupled with aggressive efforts to cut waste. But a lot of energy analysts have crunched the numbers and concluded that today’s renewables, important as they are, cannot get us even halfway there...Among the new nuclear approaches, fission reactors based on thorium are especially intriguing, offering potentially huge safety advantages.

    New York Times
  • A Dutch airliner is flying from New York to Amsterdam on a fuel mix that includes leftover oil from frying Louisiana's Cajun food. The KLM flights from Kennedy Airport are powered by a combination of 25% recycled cooking oil and 75% jet fuel.

    USA Today
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    ...“We’re probably closer to the end of the automobility era than we are to its beginning,” says Maurie Cohen, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. “If we’re 100 years into the automobile era, it seems pretty inconceivable that the car as we know it is going to be around for another 100 years.”

    Atlantic Cities
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    Yikes. I literally do not know where to start with today’s article. But I’ll give it a shot: at the top, you’re looking at the view northward "from the turnstiles" at the Douglas Road transit station in Coral Gables, just outside of Miami. 

    Atlantic Cities
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    This month marks 120 years since the federal government got involved in funding road transportation. (Strange as it sounds, bicycle advocates did the bulk of the lobbying.) The original Office of Road Inquiry — today, the Federal Highway Administration — was a line item with a budget of $10,000. That was only enough money to build about three miles of road, and the office wasn't empowered to build roads anyway, but states fought tooth and nail against giving the feds even this incredibly modest level of transport oversight.

    Atlantic Cities
  • The public will have a chance to voice opinions Wednesday on plans for high-occupancy vehicle ramps along the center divider of Interstate 680 in San Ramon...The ramps were originally proposed for the Norris Canyon overpass, but were vigorously opposed by neighbors at public meetings last year.

    Contra Costa Times
  • Bart directors and officials say that revenues from fare increases they just approved for every even-numbered year from now to 2020 will go only for capital improvements. But buried in the resolution the board approved last month is language that enables the additional money to go, in part, to "meeting operating expenses such as employee wage rates and fring benefits."

    Contra Costa Times
  • ...The state gas tax will rise 3.5 cents a gallon, to 39.5 cents, on July 1 after a recent vote by the state Board of Equalization.

    Mercury News
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    ...The Chronicle requested data on delays lasting 15 minutes or longer from Nov. 1, 2011, to Oct. 31, 2012, and found that problems with train brakes, propulsion systems, automatic train-control systems, doors and electrical systems accounted for the bulk of the 573 lengthier delays...What those systems have in common is age, and the costly proposition of replacing them...But the physical woes of mechanical middle age are not the transit system's only challenge. Growing numbers of passengers - and the disruptions they cause, sometimes intentionally - also lead to delays.

    SF Chronicle
  • With the technologically advanced 787, Boeing offered airlines big fuel savings and better comfort for passengers. It also promised something else: the ability to reach just about any airport on the globe without having to stop.

    New York Times