Today’s Headlines

  • The head of a controversial "clean coal" group may have just plain told un-truths at yesterday’s congressional hearing on the climate letter-forging scandal (Mother Jones)
  • GM’s new CEO says the Obama administration was "fair" to insist on pay cuts at the company (Det News)
  • Policymakers still falling in love with electric cars — now California’s governor is giving one auto company a $320 million sales tax break (San Jose Biz Jrnl)
  • Speaking of electric cars, Nissan believes they can be competitively priced within three years … assuming drivers have anywhere to charge them (Dow Jones)
  • Yes, gadget-using travelers, Amtrak is planning to add wi-fi internet (Wash Biz Jrnl)
  • Was Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (D-SC) op-ed on a climate change compromise really that, well, compromise-y? One conservative group cites the senator’s office as saying he opposes action "at this point" (AFP Blog)
  • Banter from the Senate debate on distracted driving, including this quip from Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV): "When President Obama was giving his State of the Union address, half the Congress was texting … it’s lethal behavior when you get in a car" (Wired)

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Kerry reveals details of upcoming Senate climate bill (Politico) Conservatives anxiously eyeing LaHood’s next move at U.S. DOT (Amer. Spectator) Transit equity advocates painting giant red "X" on Atlanta rail cars today to protest service cuts (Creative Loafing) Portland gets $2.4m grant from feds to work on new, overhead wire-free streetcar technology (Prog. RR’ing) A […]

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LaHood says he has yet to endorse Senate Dems’ $2B transit aid bill: "We need to look at how we pay for that" (WNYC) A separate, wide-ranging interview with LaHood, on everything from bike funding to fuel-efficiency rules (NPR) U.S. metro areas scratch the feds’ back, the feds scratch theirs? How one Arizona pitch could […]

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Harvard economist Ed Glaeser takes a look at the sprawl-inducing home buyer’s tax credit, a policy only "a real estate agent could love" (NYT Blog) Confirmation of what you heard here last month: The No. 2 Senate Democrat thinks a gas tax needs to be on the table to fund a transportation bill next year […]

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Sen. Kerry (D-MA) on yesterday’s climate bill rollout, in his own words (Grist) Bad sign for that climate bill? Obama statement calls it by the wrong name, citing House version instead (WH Press) Obama urges Senate to defeat auto dealers’ favorite provision in the pending financial reform bill (The Hill) How China is winning the […]