Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Green Declaration of Green Party Taiwan’s Founding Assembly | 台灣綠黨

Green Declaration of Green Party Taiwan’s Founding Assembly | 台灣綠黨: "We desire to reaffirm the principle of ecolgical sustenability and social justice for green politics. In Taiwan, high water and energy consumption industries were publicly challenged for polluting Taiwan, exhausting resources and uncompetitive marketing. The government began the importation of foreign workers for cheap labor and lowered environmental standards in order to keep the incompetitive polluting industries. Taiwan’s environment heads towards deep crisis. We believe that the use of green politics and the development of those industries that are compatible with natural environment is the only way out. Environmental ecologists realize that global resources are limited and realize the diversity of natural species. Thus, our goal is to create a healthy, global, environmentally benign and safe society. In order to achieve this goal, society and its lifestyles and beliefs must be altered for the better."

Jakarta public transportation fares up by 15 percent

This logic is backwards. If fuel prices are up, you should lower the price of public transport, not raise it. Public transport saves fuel, reducing demand. If one lowers fares, more people will ride, and more fuel will be saved. That is the way to deal with high prices.
Public transportation fares up by 15 percent: Minister | The Jakarta Post: "Transportation Minister EE Mangindaan said public transportation fares would increase by 15 percent due to the recent fuel price hikes."

Friday, June 21, 2013

TransJakarta Offers Free Rides for City Anniversary - The Jakarta Globe

TransJakarta Offers Free Rides for City Anniversary - The Jakarta Globe: "The Jakarta administration will give away TransJakarta buses tickets for free on Saturday as part of the capital’s 486th anniversary celebration.

“This activity is one of our attempts to encourage people to use public transport,” TransJakarta public relations officer Sri Ulina Pinem said on Thursday.

She added that residents of the capital may utilize the buses’ twelve different corridors for free all day.

“Citizens will experience the comfort of TransJakarta buses and hopefully start to use the service more in the future,” Sri said."

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Singapore to implement free early morning MRT rides

Businesses gearing up for more early birds ahead of free MRT travel scheme - Channel NewsAsia: "While it might be a comfortable ride for train commuters at 7.15am, the number of commuters travelling after 7.45am doubles, according to the LTA.

To ease congestion, LTA wants to get some 10 to 15 per cent of commuters to start their ride earlier. From June 24, those who do so will get a free ride -- if they exit at any of the 16 stations in the city before 7.45am."

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Singapore car-quota system a mess. Better to make cars less necessary

Pay a premium for a second car?: "Until now, the Government has controlled the car population through a vehicle quota system where people bid for a certificate of entitlement (COE), but spiralling prices have put even small-engine capacity category vehicles out of the reach of many."

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Why risk nuclear power when we waste so much energy with private autos?

TISR poll shows support for power plant decreased - Taipei Times: "The government’s efforts to persuade the public that the plant is safe are not only ineffective, they are actually causing more people to be worried, Tai said."

Saturday, June 8, 2013

In Taiwan, cities move people, not cars

 Inside an MRT (metro) car                               Inside a city bus

Outside the MRT