Today’s Headlines

  • Bush-era Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, a fan of national transport targets but not a transit booster, sings the praises of Virginia Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell’s infrastructure platform (Nat’l Review)
  • Greenpeace is taking on Newsweek for its business ties to Big Oil’s lobbying group (GreenWire)
  • Did House transportation committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) promise Rep. Anh Cao (LA), the lone Republican to vote yes in Saturday’s health care vote, that he would visit Cao’s hurricane-wracked district to talk infrastructure? (The Hill)
  • Two EPA employees who published an op-ed and video critical of the congressional climate change bill are getting the cold shoulder from their government employers (WSJ)
  • …while the EPA takes a major official step towards regulating carbon emissions (Reuters)
  • House Speaker Pelosi’s push for a summertime vote on climate change is looking pretty genius (Ezra Klein)
  • New study finds Michigan’s roads in dire need of repair, with Detroit’s in especially bad shape (Free Press)

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Obama Adviser: If EPA is Blocked on Emissions, Forget About CAFE Deal

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At Senate Climate Hearings, Lots of Transport Talk and All Eyes on Baucus

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Boxer Okays Senate Climate Bill, Without Amendments or GOP

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Sen. Boxer: Working With Mica, Inhofe on a Long-Term Transpo Bill

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Today’s Headlines

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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 […]