Charles Montgomery did a video interview with Kiwi transport planner Darren Davis in support of a Yes vote in the transit plebiscite when he was recently in Auckland.
We’ve always been an exploiter of our environment; that’s the nature of a frontier province. But now we’re notching it up: If you can get fossil fuels in a pipe or to a port, we’ll sell it to the world – and take no responsibility for the consequences.
Yes, we have a carbon tax on domestic consumption of carbon, but not on the throughput of oil, LNG and coal, which we are doing our best to facilitate. As indicated in items that came in today:
Port Metro Vancouver wants the province to build a higher bridge when it replaces the Massey Tunnel to allow taller LNG tankers to travel up the Fraser River, according to documents obtained by an environmental group. …
An internal email between port staff suggests the port’s 65-metre figure is based on the height clearance requirements for the biggest LNG tankers that could turn in the river.
Tunnel replacement, it is said, will also help in shipping coal out of an expanded Fraser-Surrey Docks.
So we both increase the amount of carbon we can ship, and use the wealth generated to build infrastructure that will encourage even more driving and suburban sprawl – the highest-energy forms of urban development.
Meanwhile … also in the Sun: “Big energy clashes with Kerry on climate change.”
“The call for carbon pricing is unanimous,” Gerard Mestrallet, CEO of the French energy company Engie, said on a panel discussion in Paris. “It’s loud and clear. Carbon pricing is the right signal, the right tool.” …
“We need a robust price of carbon,” Philippe Varin, chairman of the French utility Areva SA, said at the conference. “Necessity is the mother of creativity, and we definitively need a carbon price.”
If indeed that should happen, the economics of the carbon we export, currently without a carbon tax, suddenly change. And so, presumably, would we – or at least the cost of the debt we incur for the kind of car- and truck-dependent urban region the Province will build, especially in the absence of a commitment to transit and assumption of ever-greater royalties for carbon.
Antje links to this extraordinarily well-illustrated piece in the MailOnline: .
London enters the age of the skyscraper
Around 70 tall buildings are under construction, with nearly 200 more planned – despite London’s reputation and history as a ‘low-rise’ city with just a few skyscrapers concentrated in small pockets.
Cheerleaders say the massive change is the only way to deal with London’s housing crisis by increasing the density of the inner city.
But critics insist the new tower blocks are being built to serve foreign investors who are likely to leave the buildings empty – doing nothing to ease the problems of ordinary Londoners who face soaring rents and house prices.
This graphic shows how the City of London could look when proposed new skyscrapers are built, after a new report revealed that 263 tall buildings are currently being planned for the UK’s capital.
A projection of how the Southwark area and the banks of the Thames could look when all the new skyscrapers are built.
One Blackfriars, a 50-storey residential tower, pictured from Blackfriars Bridge in an artist’s impression.
Many more here.
Says Antje: “Apparently the new residential high rise apartments are sold to foreign investors by the storey. Many remain empty.”
Metro Vancouver has recently published a number of reports:
- Office Development in Metro Vancouver’s Urban Centres Update Report
- Short Sea Shipping in Metro Vancouver Facts in Focus
- Housing and Transportation Cost Burden Study
And many other materials are also on the new Metro Vancouver website:
- Regional Planning Services
- Regional Economy
- Regional Data and Statistics
- Regional Planning Maps
- Industrial Lands
Metro Vancouver is supporting the ULI Building Healthy Places event. See post below.