Tag Archive: Military

USA – Refuse Even to Fund Crumbling Highways

US highways are in a bad shape, one out of nine bridges are “structurally deficient”. Some 40 years after being built, upkeep is getting more expensive while available funding is decreasing. Due to falling mileage and better fuel efficiency of US cars, the 18.4 cents fuel tax per gallon is yielding less and less money. Between 2007 and 2010 the highway trust fund received one-seventh less money. At the same time, nobody seem to be prepared to pay more fuel tax and politicians don’t even dare thinking of it.
On the first sight it may be a surprise that car …

Canada – War Planes 145 Times More Important Than Environment

While Australia is finally getting real (see this article) about climate change and related environmental problems, Canada goes in the opposite direction. Under the pretext of cutting the budget deficit Prime Minister Harper is slashing funding for the main Canadian environmental agency “Environment Canada” by about 20%. Hundreds of jobs watching over pollution standards, documenting the dwindling arctic ozone layer or researching climate change will be lost and Canada will lose its once leading position in climate and environmental science.
ON green policy! One cannot stop wondering about Harpers priorities. While he apparently cannot afford 200m Canadian dollars for continuing …

US Military – Fighting Oil Consumption

Clear words from a surprising actor: Completely unsuspicious of being a leftwing, tree-hugging dreamer, the US military conceives the US reliance on fossil fuels as a threat to national security. Emerging crisis of any sort are very likely to drive up prices and the resulting financial and social problems should be a top concern of any responsible security politician. The dependence on foreign oil needs thus urgently be reduced. Until here most political observers will probably agree but then it comes: According to the study, switching to more domestic or Canadian oil production will not alleviate the problem since …