They protest around the clock on Highway 12 near Canada to block the passage of a megaload truck operating on Indian land without a permit. How to reconcile land profit vs land protection?
To know better what’s happening, scientists need more detailed data, There isn’t enough publicly available geological information. Oil companies have the information but it is proprietary — as is the oil and land until we change that.
Do the math. Millions of dollars are not much to oilsters raking in billion every quarter. Most of the money they get — some of the worth of Earth — is not for them alone but for Earthlings in general, eh?
Cycling is so common in the Netherlands that you can be rebuked for asking people whether they are cyclists or not. “We aren’t cyclists,” comes the response, “we’re just Dutch.” Of course, cities there are compact and not comfy for cars. Make your city use land efficiently by recovering site rents. Then owners will put their land to good use, which makes cities compact and bike-friendly.
Chinese chose warmth now over living longer. But why must any society make such a choice? There are other heat sources, including simply insulating better. Developing nations follow the errors of the developed when they should raise the bar and follow what works right for everyone forever: geonomics.
The powers-that-be lead farmers astray. Industrial chemicals don’t up yield after a few years. Government subsidies don’t make land affordable. If powerful entities can’t find a safe way to make money, then take away their power. Let’s quit limiting the liability of irresponsible firms and not pay subsidies to groups but pay a land-rent dividend to all citizens.
How bad can it get before government quits favoring old ways — no more subsidies for developers and manufacturers — and levels the playing field for new ways? Recover land value and pay citizens a dividend so everyone has enough security to work on their new ideas and contribute new solutions; let progress charge ahead!
If state and federal requirements for oil and gas drillers are lax, we could pay the clean-up bill — as we do for oil, gas, and mining — adding insult to injury. So why do we limit the liability of those who put people and planet at risk?
Our normal lives are killing us sooner. We must take the politics out of techno-progress. And let’s use metro land compactly, so we can lose our addiction to cars. Ready?
The Supreme Court handed down a decision in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District makes it hard for communities to get landowners to pay for damages they may cause, a revolution in land-use law that will profoundly impact society. This 2013 excerpt is from the New York Times, June 26.
Chinese protest policy of growth at all costs which has delivered the goods to millions but also contaminated them. A new judicial interpretation would impose “harsher punishments” and tighten “lax and superficial” enforcement of the country’s environmental protection laws. This 2013 excerpt is from Reuters, Jun 19.
Do those who pursue renewable energy as an end in itself fail to see the wood for the trees? Is smoke less polluting? Europe’s wood subsidies show the folly of focusing green policy on “renewables”. This 2013 excerpt is from The Economist, Apr 6.
Musician and naturalist Bernie Krause says soundscapes from forests to deserts are being lost or contaminated by human noise. What would make humans use some land more intensely, other land not at all? This 2012 article is from The Ecologist, Oct 1.
In the 1960s, microwave sickness from similar ‘low’ levels was relatively well known. Today, our awareness needs reawakening. May it open the floodgates for reform. This 2012 article is from The Ecologist, Spt 19.
Some huge swathes of pristine forest remain, but it is no longer suitable for great apes due to the extensive hunting that occurs within to supply the trade in bushmeat. Can humans find economic alternatives to slaughter? This 2012 article is from the BBC, Spt 28.