Today’s Headlines

  • 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 turn into an energy-only affair? If so, environmental groups are prepared to jump ship (GreenWire)
  • LaHood launches national campaign playing up the risks of distracted driving (Post-Gazette)
  • Energy Department awards $187m in grants to promote fuel-efficient diesel engines (NYT Blogs)
  • A helpful update on a looming Senate showdown over the EPA’s authority to regulate carbon emissions, should Congress not pass a climate bill (TNR’s The Vine)

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Senate Poised to Move on Climate Bill

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Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chairman of the Senate environment committee, isn’t yet ready to start debating a long-term transportation bill — but she is reportedly prepared to move on climate change legislation that includes targets for diminishing auto dependence and encouraging transit use. Boxer’s panel will begin debate on its climate bill during the last week […]

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

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The Senate environment committee today held the first in a three-part marathon of hearings on its climate change legislation, with supporters singling out the bill’s investments in clean transportation even as one senior Democrat notably withheld his support from the measure. Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) (Photo: Baucus 08) The Senate climate bill calls […]