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Think Global, Act Local

I happened to be headed to City Hall for an unrelated meeting today when I came across the rally to encourage the City to unload it’s financial holdings in Walmart.

Well, here’s a disinvestment campaign that’s a little more in line with this site’s point of view. The ‘350’ movement (trying to limit CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere to 350 ppm) has a petition to encourage the State of Oregon and other local governments to disinvest in the 200 companies that control most of our fossil fuel resources.

I’ve signed, will you?

Your Questions For Neil, “Round 5″, Part 4 – Potpourri

And now, the final segment of our video interview with TriMet’s Neil McFarlane. This episode, “Potpourri”, featuring a variety of your questions.

Topics include:

  • Bikes on MAX cars – are there ways to add capacity?
  • Bike parking and bikeshare at MAX stations
  • TriMet’s take on carbon emissions – what will it take to get to net zero emissions?
  • Hybrid buses, past present and future, and electric buses
  • Weight of buses, number of wheels, and damage to roads
  • The new e-fare system (announced officially just before we recorded the interview)
  • Equity in the fare payment system, especially for cash-only users

Thanks once again to the Portland Opera for tolerating the mayhem of our intrepid video crew in their conference room.

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Climate change refugees coming to Portland?

Are “climate change” refugees coming to Portland in the future? An editorial at the Portland Tribune thinks so.

The Portland Tribune has an editorial on the subject of “climate change refugees”, and how they might impact the local economy and population forecasts. The Trib article makes some bold predictions–painting a future in which there is a massive exodus from places such as Phoenix due to water shortages, to more water-rich areas like…here.

I don’t endorse the substance of the article (nor am I stating my opposition), but found it interesting–as the possibility of a massive demographic shift to the north is one which would have profound impacts on the region.

The ground rules for debate: Climate change denial is, as always, not permitted at Portland Transport. (Nor is complaining about the policy, which is not negotiable). This is a private blog; those who object to this may start their own (http:/ makes it easy to set one up, and there’s plenty of other free hosting providers besides Google/Blogger). However, since the subject is front and center for this thread, certain discussions that might normally be shunted aside are permitted in the comments here, including:

  • Whether the climate effects posited in the article, and/or the resulting political effects or demographic shifts, are reasonable.
  • Whether a massive influx of residents to Portland (or a massive migration away) are likely
  • The possibility of politically-powerful desert regions diverting water from the Pacific Northwest to meet their needs (the idea of building a huge pipeline to divert flows from the Columbia to California has been proposed before)
  • How Portland should (or should not) accommodate the potential for so-called “climate change refugees”


Of course, maybe the answer is for everyone to move to Canada. :)