Today’s Headlines

  • LaHood Calls on Congress to Take Up Transportation Bill (Governing)
  • Chaos on the Mississippi Threatens Oil Production (HuffPo)
  • More Americans Turning to Transit as Gas Prices Rise (CNN Money)
  • Dem Senators Rip ConocoPhillips CEO for Calling End to Oil Subsidies “Un-American” (Climate Progress)
  • Will the Debt Ceiling Debate Kill EPA Climate Regs? (The Hill)
  • Minnesota GOP Slashes Transit Funding (Star Tribune)
  • Terror Threat to Railroads Overrated (Miller-McCune)
  • Rep. Issa: Let’s Frack Our Way Out of High Gas Prices (Politico)
  • Has Obama’s Rail Plan Lived Up to the Hype? No, But… (Time)

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Steven Chu Forced to Recant Belief in Higher Gas Prices

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The indignities are piling up for Steven Chu, the Nobel laureate Secretary of Energy whom environmentalists applauded as one of Obama’s best cabinet picks. His security detail won’t let the lifelong cyclist bike to work. And on Earth Day, he fielded questions like this one (via Talking Points Memo) during a House hearing on the […]

Today’s Headlines

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WSJ: Americans Don’t Want LaHood’s Strange “Livability,” They Want Endless Highways GOP: Maybe If We Keep Talking About High Gas Prices No One Will Notice We Have No Plan (WaPo) The Oil and Gas Industry Tax Breaks That Congress Just Voted to Keep, Explained (Strib) Will a Weakened Tea Party Be Less Able to Obstruct Progress […]

Today’s Headlines

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Nuclear Crisis in Japan Expected to Increase Oil Prices (WSJ) Will GOP Senators Try to Kill TIGER Grants for Their Own States? (Biz Week) Greens Hope High Prices Will Shake Up Energy Policy (The Hill) Florida Can Still Bid for Lost HSR Funds (NYT, Herald) Can Private Sector Involvement Spark a Rail Resurgence? (Transport Politic) Maryland […]

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 […]

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 […]

Obama Counters Gas Price Demagoguery With Commitment to Fracking

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It’s been almost a year since the Obama administration released its Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future, but more importantly, it’s been two weeks since Energy Secretary Steven Chu got chewed out for not caring enough about lowering gas prices. And Newt Gingrich, whose presidential campaign is slipping into irrelevancy, can still do some political […]