Today’s Headlines

  • Exxon’s total U.S. income-tax bill for 2009: $0 (Forbes)
  • D.C.’s proposed streetcar could be sidelined by resistance from locals, the National Park Service to overhead electrical wires (WashPost)
  • Toyota weighing a legal challenge to its $16m fine from the U.S. DOT, at the risk of more bad publicity (AP)
  • Felix Salmon: Fannie Mae’s new national housing survey reveals some puzzling truths about Americans’ attitude towards homeownership versus renting
  • Urban planner Chris Leinberger believes 70 percent of coming demand for denser, mixed-use development will come from the suburbs, not major cities (TNR’s The Avenue)


Think Tank Responds to Report on Hidden Costs of Fossil Fuels: Yawn

The National Academy of Science’s new report on the hidden health costs of U.S. reliance on fossil fuels has generated high-profile media coverage around the country, most of it focusing on the $62 billion annual estimate for coal rather than the $56 billion projection for vehicles. (Photo: But Greenwire’s write-up is particularly interesting, if […]

Livability: A Small Town Value

Davidson, North Carolina, population 7,100, isn’t the kind of global metropolis that is normally looked to as a cutting-edge example of sustainable transportation planning. By making new development walkable and bikeable, Davidson, North Carolina preserved its small town character as it grew. Photo: U.S. EPA But a new series from Transportation for America holds up […]

General Electric Inks High-Speed Rail Deal With Chinese Government

While President Obama grappled with political concerns during his trip to China this week, General Electric was busy signing technology-sharing agreements with Beijing partners — including a high-speed rail pact that positions GE to leap ahead of its competitors in the race for business from the Obama administration’s bullet train rollout. One of China’s high-speed […]