President's State of the Union Address - reviewed from a bus system change point of view

A row of bicycles for rent or sale at Half Moon Bay Bicycles

Entertaining an advocacy like "Put carts on the public bus..." immediately puts a listener to the State of the Union address on the alert for what is the President's vision of the approaching social future?

One policy change of note is the President advocated construction of more safe nuclear power. He also asked for  more alternative energy projects, research, and business startups. He places these measures in a framework of more jobs, more domestic growth and competitiveness.

On a broad view, I feel the Republicans don't grasp that Mr. Obama is a very middle of the road politician, he is with them in not changing the American system much at all.

The image of America I heard from the President sounds consistent with the past.

Here comes the tide of advocacy for high density urban cities

This photo, taken on Tuesday, 12:33 pm 12-29-2009,
shows a pretty good load of passengers.

Here is a book that advocates large dense urban cities as a way for many people to live with a smaller carbon emission footprint:

Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, And Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability

By David Owen, published 2009.

Rebecca Solnit reviews the Copenhagen Climate Summit

Best wishes to you in the new year: 2010.

  The Copenhagen Climate Summit conference held in December 2009 ended with what I regard as a stunning and disappointing outcome. No numeric goal and deadline for global warming gas emission was agreed on. According to the Rebecca Solnit article, the main reason for no numeric emission reduction is China refused to participate in a commitment.

  Lets take the Copenhagen Summit disappointment, and note the broad decline in American manufacturing, and especially note that what remains of an American automobile industry depends on a large fraction of low cost imported components.

 Here are the points that affect the implementation of  "carts on the bus":
  • This blog needs a CO2 emission reduction overview of the :carts on the bus scheme.
  • The design should favor modifying existing carts, locally creating the components.
  • The benefits of an euler path should be reviewed.
  • The benefits of unatteded autonomous buses should be identified..
  • A further design with "zero packaging waste" and 100% re-use should be explored.
Not within this blog but personally, I have had a feeling that the state of California should raise the sales tax to 11% (from the present level of 10%). In other words, the state of California should move a little further toward the European "consumption tax" revenue model.

One of the reasons for that tax increase is the tax will collect revenue from Chinese import products whose manufacture has ended the tax revenue created when the same products were previously made in California. A state cannot directly tax imports, but a state can tax all manufactured non-food and non-medicine items.

So as it relates to the "carts on bus" proposal, if the scheme uses carts or buses or bus batteries made in China, the additional 1% of sales tax is partial compensation for the higher CO2 emissions of the offshore manufacturing in a non-CO2 capped nation.