Recent Streetsblog USA posts about Oil

Menendez Launches Big Oil Subsidy Tracker

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As we head into the Memorial Day holiday, and move from one congressional recess to another [PDF], Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has given us something to do with our extra free time: Watch taxpayer subsidies to big oil climb higher and higher. The clock, dubbed a STOP watch (for “Stop Taxpayer Oil Payouts”), tracks the […]

Political Jockeying Over Gas Prices Is Divorced From Reality

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Though many transportation reformers, economists and environmentalists would say that gas prices aren’t nearly high enough to disincentivize single-occupancy-vehicle use and to pay for the external harms, Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill take it for granted that gas prices are too damn high. In fact, it’s one of the very, very few things that they do agree on these […]

With Contraception Vote Over, Senate Can Finally Get to Transpo Issues

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The U.S. Senate voted 51-48 today to reject an amendment to their transportation bill that would overturn measures in President Obama’s signature health care law dealing with contraception coverage. The vote clears the way for the Senate to finally begin considering actual transportation issues rather than dealing with delay tactics. The so-called “conscience” amendment, proposed […]

Who Still Likes the House Transpo Bill? Big Oil, Big Truck, and Big Box Retail

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The House has finished marking up its transportation bill in what shaped up to be a very Groundhog Day-esque ordeal of unending, repetitive partisan theater (if you missed it, follow coverage on twitter). The centerpiece was yesterday’s/last night’s/this morning’s Transportation & Infrastructure committee markup, where members debated more than 80 amendments for over 18 hours […]