How much of a smug prick is Paul Ryan? Mitt Romney’s choice for his Vice Presidential slot has been stomping around the country, insisting that small businesses don’t get any help from government. Except for HIS family business, of course. His family construction business made its fortune on highway contracts, as well as construction at […]
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By Bruce McF Indeed, high-speed rail is sexy enough that when Big Oil propagandizes against it, they have to paint it as too expensive or something that America is too incompetent to handle, since the idea of sitting in an actually comfortable rail seat, watching a movie on a laptop or snacking on a sandwich […]
By David Brin As this is being posted, I am at the Annual Future in Review… or FiRe … conference in Laguna Beach, California, a gathering of tech entrepreneurs and venture folk and such, where I am the regular/resident futurist scifi-guy. I’ll be helping run the “CTO Challenge.” This year’s topic – developing a plan to help […]
By James Howard Kunstler A few weeks ago I flew to Chicago, hopped into a rent-a-car, and navigated my way on the tangle of interstate highways to the now mostly former industrial region in the northwest corner of Indiana just off lowest Lake Michigan between the towns of Whiting and Gary. The desolation of human […]
By Deron Lovaas Natural Resources Defense Council Here’s the state-of-play: The Senate passed a transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, MAP-21, by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 74-22. This lobbed a nice easy proposal to the chamber on the other side of Capitol Hill, which has managed only fits and starts […]
By Deron Lovaas The Senate passed MAP-21 last week by a whopping 74-22 margin. This week several Congressmen introduced it as a House bill, and it has so far almost one-quarter of that chamber has jumped on a co-sponsors of the bill. President Obama and Transportation Secretary LaHood are calling for the House to pass the bill, signaling that the […]
We’ve told you about how bad the GOP-backed transportation bill is – how it’s all about cars, and slashes every every other mode of getting around, from trains to bikes. Which is tragic, because those are exactly the things Americans want more of… By BETH BUCZYNSKI Before the 2008 recession hit, Americans were obsessed with big […]
By David Brin Has a jobs renaissance in America begun, especially in manufacturing? There are definite signs of “in-sourcing” taking place. Oh, but that segues into Clint Eastwood’s Superbowl Chrysler commercial… and the subsequent Republican fire storm against him, by Karl Rove and others, for daring to suggest that the “bailout” of Detroit was actually a […]
By Deron Lovaas Federal Transportation Policy Director, NRDC Partisanship is the reason for constant gridlock in Congress. One exception has been the issue of transportation. NRDC is on the record — analyzing and critiquing yet supporting — the bipartisan federal transportation bill that passed the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Passage of that bill through committee was made possible by the […]
It’s official. Wyoming’s Department of Transportation says it is no longer in the business of expanding the state’s highway system. The money just isn’t there. They’re going to put what resources they have into attempting to keep the existing roads repaired. As the DC Streets blog reports: “We’re beginning to look at our transportation system from a […]
We’ve told you how GOP governors in states like Ohio, Florida and Wisconsin have let ideology trump job-creation and rejected high-speed rail plans – and federal funding – for their states. Now, it looks like California may be derailing its own high-speed corridor, through a mix of NIMBYism and inertia.
While whining that the Democrats were “playing politics” by voting against the continuing resolution to fund the government past September 30, House Speaker John Boehner continues to grandstand and shove gratuitous political poison pills into the measure
Are Chevy dealers gaming the government’s tax credit on the Volt electric vehicle?
The answer: No, not so much, despite right-wing howls of misguided outrage.
How are the GOP governors who rejected high-speed rail projects doing? Buyer’s remorse has set in spectacularly swiftly – from Wisconsin to Florida, their approval ratings have a trajectory like locomotive plunging off a trestle.
The bad news: Those states handed the GOP the car keys and said “YOU drive for the next four years”. Now they’re stuck with the results.
It’s all over for high-speed rail in Florida.
The Tampa to Orlando line had the backing of everyone from business to the state’s Republican legislators; but Rick Scott, the new Tea Party-backed governor, blocked it as a “big government boondoggle”. Today the Transportation Department announced that the money will go elsewhere.