Thursday, May 28, 2015

HUGE precedent for Stopping Salem's Bridgasaurus Boondogglus!

A federal court gave us a HUGE boon in the struggle against the absurd giveaway to developers known as the 3rd Bridge or the "Salem River Crossing." 

LOVESalem has been researching just this question to prepare for a challenge to the comically fraudulent work the planners are doing for the environmental impact statement that is being fabricated to further the Boondoggle — and, 

Happily, there's now precedent that when a DOT tries to say 

2 + 2 + 2 + 0 - 1 + 0 - 2 + 0 + 1 + 0 = 20 
(which is what Salem and ODOT's traffic projections do)

That you can challenge the lies and prevent the project from going forward.  

In lay terms, you can call BS on a stinking mound of BS.

This is Christmas and the Fourth of July in one for Salem taxpayers!

Last Friday a federal district court ruled in favor of 1000 Friends of Wisconsin in a case they brought against both the US and Wisconsin departments of transportation. At issue was a proposed highway expansion and a set of bogus traffic projections used to justify it. The court said, in essence, that if the DOT is going to project a huge increase in traffic while population and actual traffic counts are dropping, they need to show how they came up with that.

This decision has huge implications. Together we've long battled the standard DOT approach of continual highway expansion justified through faulty projection methods. This decision is a really important pushback.

Some links for you:

"Let's live on the planet as if we intend to stay."

The mousetrap snaps: Agrofuels provide the cover to build a new Bakken crude refinery in Longview

This has always been the issue with agrofuels (the correct term, since all fossil fuels are, in fact, biofuels) — they are nothing but a tiny dose of green dye sprayed over the fossil fuel empire to fool the rubes, and they do nothing but help prolong that empire until the last dollar is wrung out of it and the last glacier melts.

Adding agrofuels to our fuels diet in the name of reduced emissions is nonsense; the total emissions goes UP, UP, UP, and more and more tropical rainforests are annihilated for palm oil plantations.

This is why the so-called "Clean Fuels" bill in Oregon doesn't even bother pretending that total emissions will go down. Instead, it promises reduced carbon "intensity."

This is the logic of millions of bankrupt consumers who failed to understand how all the great deals and all the money they "saved" on those great deals adds up to bankruptcy.

Co-opted environmentalists touting agrofuels love to accuse realists of helping Big Oil — a massive case of projection, since it is the co-opted enviros who are doing Big Oil's work for them, keeping the liquid fueled, private auto model as the centerpiece of all our thinking, and ensuring that we don't leave the infernal combustion engine until it destroys us.

"Let's live on the planet as if we intend to stay."