Today’s Headlines

  • Oberstar urges Obama to back quick passage of his new transportation bill during a closed-door Dem meeting, to no avail — POTUS would only back general infrastructure investments (The Hill)
  • Will Democrat’s loss of their 60-vote margin in the Senate, and its subsequent consequences for climate legislation, hamper a global agreement on emissions? Nope, says the U.N. climate chief (WSJ Blogs)
  • Environmental groups begin pushing back against the notion that a Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) could derail climate legislation this year (NRDC Blog)
  • FTA chief’s message to Minnesotans: Our new, livability-centric transit rules don’t ignore cost-effectiveness (Pioneer Press)
  • A verdict could come soon in Pennsylvania’s pivotal push to toll I-80 (WJAC)
  • More on the Obama administration’s quiet environmental shakeup in its first year (Merc News)
  • Grants awarded to help boost work on an official U.S. Bicycle Route System (Bike Retailer)

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