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Kate Trainor

Bush and McCain’s Energy Answer: Let’s Drill Some More!

Last week, president Bush reiterated his view that removing restrictions on offshore drilling will provide relief to the country’s energy needs and help to lower prices at the pumps. The only folks who seem to be pushing such an agenda are those who directly profit from it: Bush’s own Energy Department declared that opening up [...]

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America’s Topsy-Turvy Budget Tendencies

Ben Cohen, founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream wanted to create a roving visual depiction of the US’ out-of whack budget spending. He teamed up with New York graphic artist Stefan Sagmeister and artist/mechanic Tom Kennedy to create the Topsy-Turvy bus, affectionately known as “Topsy.”
“Our nation’s spending priorities allow crumbling schools, millions of children [...]

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RVers Rambling Less on the Road

The front page of Monday’s Boston Globe calls attention to the fact that people are driving less, sacrificing pleasure trips in lieu of more practical concerns, like saving money and fuel. (Sadly, it seems saving the planet takes a figurative backseat in America.)
Road-trippers are using their RVs to cover fewer miles, the article reports, [...]

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Suburban Sprawl and Brand New Ghost Towns in LA

It’s becoming progressively more clear that the quintessentially American tendency to construct sprawling, car-centric communities is coming to a screeching halt. Part of the blame lies with the ongoing crises with mortgage institutions, which has repercussions on the housing market nationwide.
However, it’s the unsustainable sprawl that’s the hardest hit. Here are the comments of [...]

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Little Space for Cyclists on Crowded Caltrain

Public transit has faced a surge in ridership since consumers reacted to rising gas prices, and bike sales have risen in tandem for the same reason. This is all good news, of course, but combined, these changes have created new challenges for leaders in the public transit industry. Not only are there more [...]

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The End of Hummer

With car sales down across the board, General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner announced that GM will close four truck and SUV plants, limit production of large vehicles, and refocus on manufacturing smaller vehicles.
Wagoner told the AP that the U.S. market shift said the change in the U.S. market to smaller vehicles will probably be [...]

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Hummers Last Hurrah

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Cyclists Suffer Parking Crunch, Shunned By Commercial Buildings

One of the benefits of riding your bike is the ease of parking, especially in a crowded city. But as more drivers convert to cycling, the parking crunch has affected bicycles, as well. Tuesday’s article in the New York Times tells the woeful tales of city cyclists who, after a long commute, suffer [...]

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Never Too Late to Learn to Bike

Enrollment in Susan McLucas’ Bicycle Riding for Beginners class has nearly doubled since 2006. McLucas, nicknamed “Boston’s Bike Whisperer,” started the program through the Cambridge Center for Adult Education as a sideline endeavor, “but it’s almost a full-time job now,” she says.
Her clientèle tend to be older people who, for one reason or another, never [...]

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All Aboard the Train that Never Stops!

Taiwanese inventor Peng Yu-Lun has an innovative idea to make train transportation even more efficient: get rid of the stops. No, he’s not proposing that passengers are thrown on and off of fast-moving trains or that passengers are eliminated from the equation altogether. Instead, Yu-Lun envisions a small separated car perched atop the train. When [...]

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