More than 600 U.S. cities have adopted climate pledges, but most of them lack any teeth. The new UN climate report is giving them new urgency. (USA Today)
CityLab interviews EPA Administrator Michael Regan about how the infrastructure bill is a test of the Biden administration’s commitment to environmental justice.
Infrastructure is expensive and takes a long time to build, and historically, the U.S. has a tendency to throw good money after bad because we have a hard time thinking ahead or weighing consequences. (The Conversation)
Even though drivers are supposed to stay engaged when using driver-assist systems, they all work with no one in the driver’s seat. (Car and Driver)
The Obama administration wants state DOTs to report on the climate impact of their transportation policies, reports Michael Grunwald at Politico, and the road lobby is dead set against it. As part of the implementation of the MAP-21 federal transportation bill, U.S. DOT officials are preparing a new rule that would require states to set goals […]
With Bernie Sanders pulling off a virtual tie with Hillary Clinton in the Iowa caucuses, it’s time to take a closer look at his transportation policy platform. Two months ago, Clinton released a transportation platform that echoes a lot of the Obama administration’s agenda without including any ideas that might really upset the highway-centric status quo. Does Sanders […]
A coalition of mayors wants Congress to declare a "Marshall Plan" against climate change by spending on mass transit to curb air pollution in their cities.
The mayors of Atlanta, Honolulu, St. Paul, Pittsburgh, and Portland, Ore., implored senators at a climate hearing on Capitol Hill last week to invest in renewable-energy programs in order to create jobs and fund bus and rail systems, with the goal of weening people off gas-polluting vehicles.
A new study from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy attempts to measure the potential of bikes and e-bikes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ITDP’s conclusion, in short: Bicycling could help cut carbon emissions from urban transportation 11 percent. The authors calculated the carbon emissions reduction that could result if cities around the world make a strong, sustained […]