San Francisco: Removal of the Embarcadero Freeway | Streetfilms…….

San Francisco also had an ugly, elevated highway running between downtown and the waterfront. After the 1989 earthquake dealt the Embarcadero Freeway a mortal blow, the citizens of the city bucked conventional wisdom and decided to tear down the structure and replace it with a grand boulevard. It wasn’t easy, but as this clip shows, the results were well worth the effort.

Hurray!

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O.K., California didn’t get its waiver in the first 100 days of the Obama administration, but I’m still extremely pleased with this development.  From the New York Times:

President Obama announced tough new nationwide rules for automobile emissions and mileage standards on Tuesday, embracing standards that California has sought to enact for years over the objections of the auto industry and the Bush administration.

The Big Three Are Toast…….

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The New York Times is reporting that China has laid big, bold plans to become a leading manufacturer of hybrid and all electric cars in just three years.

I sure hope its true.

If nothing else, the Walmart years has made it extremely easy to import goods from China, which–in this particular instance– is a good thing, since Detroit has stubbornly refused to build the clean cars the United States needs to break its dependence on foreign oil.

Do you think any of the suits still left at GM regret killing the EV1?

Do Not Block Plug-In Tax Credits!…….

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Sheesh.  You would think Congress loves failure.

First, they hand over $300 billion to the banks which engineered the destruction of our financial system, with no oversight, or plans to get back the taxpayers money.  No problem.

Let those banks use the money to give out executive bonuses, pay for corporate junkets, and lobbyists.   Even better.

Use money in the economic stimulus bill to give consumers tax credits for plug-in hybrid conversions.   Whoa, Congress needs to put the brakes on that kind of nonsense pronto.

Wouldn’t want to do something which would decrease the United State’s dependence on foreign oil, fight global warming, or benefit ordinary citizens.

Click here to let Congress know we demand affordable plug-in vehicles on the road, like yesterday.

GM & Chrysler Sue Taxpayers… With Taxpayer Money | MSN Money…….

Told ya.

Hmm, is this the type of efficient government Obama has been talking about?

As California’s attorney general, Jerry Brown, pointed out on NPR:

“The irony here is the auto companies want a bailout, in many ways because they weren’t building the kind of cars that were compatible with today’s energy market – and at the same time, they want to keep going with their lawsuits, which have already cost millions and millions.”

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Really?…….

Why are newspapers dying?  Could it be that reading the paper is a lot like paying for yesterday’s news at today’s prices.

Don’t believe me.  Check this out.

The Seattle P-I’s environmental blog Dateline Earth just discovered a real 52-mpg car which they breathlessly describe as the “car of the future”.

Of course, anyone who spends less than five minutes with the google will soon discover the car of the future has been available in Europe and Japan for many years now.

This turned up on my very first search in an article entitled Why automakers don’t sell a car that gets 50mpg from an article printed in Newsweek on April 4, 2008.

So gas just hit another miserable milestone. Unleaded regular is averaging a record $3.30 a gallon and seems likely to blast past $4 by Memorial Day. Wouldn’t it be great if you could drive a car that gets 50 miles per gallon? Well, you can. Just hop on a plane and fly to Europe, where all new cars average 43mpg, or Japan, where the average hits 50mpg. Here in the United States, we’re stuck at 25mpg in our considerably larger and more powerful cars, trucks and SUVs. So why can’t we do better? Here’s the dirty little secret: we can. “If you want better fuel economy, it’s just a question of when auto companies want to do it and when consumers decide they want to buy it,” says Don Hillebrand, a former Chrysler engineer who is now director of transportation research for Argonne National Labs. “Auto companies can deliver it within a year.”

Ouch.  Just because Detroit refuses to build cars that get 50 MPG, doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

Intrepid reporters for Dateline Earth, please take note.