Today’s Headlines

  • More on the "axe the stimulus plaques" proposal that Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) wants attached to the 2010 U.S. DOT spending bill (Think Progress)
  • How "sustainable cities" can move from talk to action … (Guardian)
  • … and more details on this week’s Obama administration "sustainable communities" tour (EPA Press)
  • Electric car makers getting very optimistic (NYT)
  • A new tragedy befalls the Red Line on D.C.’s Metro (WaPo)
  • Is the mainstream media tuning out the consequences of climate change? (Yglesias)

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