There were good reasons to exempt railroads from local control when they were first built across North America, but that has changed. The railways might never have been built, if the had not been protected from a multitude of municipal taxes and regulations. There are different challenges today. The question is whether local communities have a right to decide what projects make sense for them. This is the central issue behind the council vote Tuesday night, when Whatcom County imposed 60 day moratorium on unrefined oil projects.
The next four years could be crucial, if we want to get on the path to a sustainable economy. In this morning’s interview, I interview Guy Dauncey, Founder of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, about a guideline he sent out to help people decide how shall we vote on November 15?
Our emissions would go down if everyone used electric vehicles, but this would not“reduce traffic congestion, reduce accidents, reduce roadway costs, reduce parking facility costs, improve mobility for non-drivers, improve social equity, improve public fitness and health, reduce sprawl, eliminate hazardous waste, or protect threatened habitat.” cars were electric “ However Todd Litman, founder and Executive Director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, suggests there is a more sustainable way that communities can reduce transportation emissions 50%. Continue reading How Communities Can Reduce Transportation Emissions 50%→