Today’s Headlines

  • Transportation stimulus payouts neared $1 billion in September (JOC)
  • Boxer says the Senate climate bill could be up for a floor vote in time for the Copenhagen climate talks … (Reuters)
  • … but are the negotiations at risk of becoming the failed enterprise that Kyoto was? (Green Grok)
  • White House remaining on edge about job losses — but will more infrastructure spending be part of the response? (MarketWatch)
  • The Pennsylvania government is re-upping its push to toll I-80 (Philly.com)
  • LaHood visits Detroit’s port, talks up the city’s potential as a "midwest cruise-ship capital" (Free Press)

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Senate Climate Bill Delayed Yet Again As Obama Takes Nobel

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As my colleague Ryan wrote earlier, the congressional climate change bill no represents the most meaningful path for urbanists, and advocates for clean transportation in general, to make their voices heard in the national debate. President Obama, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize today. (Photo: AP) So it bears repeating that the bill is losing momentum, […]

Senate’s Next Climate Hearing to Feature Big Oil-Backed Critics

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) may have voted against the Senate environment committee’s climate bill yesterday, but The New Republic picked up on some pretty optimistic (for Washington) rhetoric from him on the issue this morning: (Photo: Baucus ’08) "There’s no doubt that this Congress is going to pass climate change legislation," he […]

Today’s Headlines

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Pedestrian Deaths Outnumber Driver Deaths in D.C. (WaPo) Five States, D.C. Team Up on Market-Based Transportation Emissions Reduction Strategy (Reuters) TIGER Transit Grants Get Scrutiny From The Century Foundation How Phoenix Is Trying to Reduce Car Trips and Air Pollution (Transportation for America) Transit Expansion Talk in Atlanta Gathering Speed (Atlanta Journal Constitution) Ohio Taxpayers Pay $1 […]

White House Staying Quiet For Now on Transit’s Role in Climate Bill

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Delivering his climate-change message to Congress yesterday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned that fuel-efficiency advances secured by the Obama administration would not be enough to reduce emissions from transportation — not without encouraging Americans to drive less. Transportation Secretary LaHood said today he’ll weigh in later on climate-change money for transit. (Photo: HillBuzz) But when […]

Today’s Headlines

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Check out the U.S. DOT’s new rules on positive train control for commuter rail (FRA Press) Oberstar to visit Oklahoma this week for an inspection of stimulus projects (AP) Congressional Democrats don’t want to talk about a gas tax increase, but the vice chairman of GM likes the idea (Messenger) Could the Senate climate bill […]