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From the Mayor's Desk: De Blasio Caught on Video, Horror in Kiev

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Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/26/2014 2:16:51 PM
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Re: EU fines
I completely agree with you here, CitySolver... the idea of fining the cities that are actually trying to make strides with what they are given seems, at very least, short sighted. Between congestion pricing, bike share and a drafted plan to create more cycling infrastructure, and the zero emissions mandate, it really does seem to me like London is taking this issue seriously, and it's a shame to see them get punished. 

wbalthrop
wbalthrop  
2/26/2014 9:55:24 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Cause and Affect
@James, thanks, and your 100% corrrect. We need a huge effort at the national and global scale to change our path. If we fail to do so, I think paces like Kiev and Siria will become the norm as the world population is forced to return to the Malthusian idea that population cannot exced the food supply.

James@SanDiego
James@SanDiego  
2/25/2014 9:36:35 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Cause and Affect
wbalthrop, nice informative charts.  Our fossil fuel fuels our fossil thinking society and we are poisoning ourselves right outta here.  With technology break throughs in recent years in energy development and renewable sources being held back from the average citizen by the high prices we continue to drive our gas guzzling cars and buses and trucks.  Even airplanes and jets put hugh amounts of exhaust and intermal combustion gases into the upper atmosphere.  We must grow and reproduce but to hold onto toxic technology which has been proven to be our demise and not grasping or changing in hugh order to modern eco friendly energy sources and technology really shows our fossilic thinking.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
2/25/2014 12:19:30 PM
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EU fines
I agree with Boris, its more important to fine Auto companies than to fine cities for emmissions (if those cities are commited to change as London is). Tackling sustainability at its roots is always the best strategy. Afterall why tackle the symtoms instead of the cause of environmental problems. This is why in countries all over the globe leaaders are questioning the very foundations of many of their practices, whether they be business, personal, social, leisure or technological.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
2/24/2014 1:17:20 PM
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Re: Seems only fair
It is really too bad to see this happen. The  agency responsible for the drivers seemed to have some excuses, all geared to why they should be exempted from the kind of judgement we'd all get as drivers were we to do the same thing.

I feel badly for de Blasio on this one; he seems to have been blindsided. But perhaps he'll be more cautious about this kind of thing in the future. He was in the car and must have seen how things were going. Then again, we all take NYC cabs and try NOT to pay attention to what's happening when we do.

wbalthrop
wbalthrop  
2/24/2014 12:58:13 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Cause and Affect
I hate it when I come accross as being negative. I'm actually a very optimistic person. I'm optimistic that if people take the time to see whats actually going on around them, they will choose to do the right thing. It's not too late, but in the background is that pesky clock...tic toc, tic toc.

wbalthrop
wbalthrop  
2/24/2014 12:10:19 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Cause and Affect
If you like the world climate now, stick around, it's going to get warmer. I'm speaking rhetorically as well as literally. The problem you see is that oil has peaked in production, and we are seeing the first dying pangs of our modern civilization. All food is heavily dependant on oil to meet the needs of seven billion people, well really six billion really, the other billion are already starving. Just look at these two charts:

Uprisings and fod prices

 Global Food Prices (red lines are major uprisings)

Now take a look at oil prices:

il price history

If there is any doube that thing are not going to get better, then consider the fact that global oil production peaked in 2005. The only thing that has kept it from falling is the fact that global growth has now stopped because like a govenor on an engine, it needs energy to go faster.

eak Oil

The people in Kiev may be the most upset over the country leadership decisions, but those empty bellies don't help.

NewDream
NewDream  
2/24/2014 3:46:36 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Seems only fair
@stotheco: No, really? Politics?

Surely not.

No way they'd have a built-in pass for the mayor and his staff...and the cops...and the super-rich...

This is America. It's NEW YORK CITY. No way there'd be any inequities in the system.

We're all equal here.

Right? ;)

stotheco
stotheco  
2/24/2014 3:39:00 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Seems only fair
I don't think it's the software.. I would say it's someone and it's all because of politics. 

stotheco
stotheco  
2/24/2014 3:38:10 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Whats happening in Kiev is horrible
It's sad that what's happening in Kiev right now still happens, period. Not just in that region, but in various countries all around the world. Sometimes it makes you think that the world we live in isn't as advanced or far off as we'd really like to think.. I'm definitely wondering what's up with the silence, as well.

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