US Finalizes 2025 Fuel Efficiency Standard of 54.5 MPG

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 10:21 am

The United States has finalized fuel economy rules that would increase the average to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, almost twice as much as the current standards. It’s the first update since the mid-1980s, and it should have a big impact on the annual cost of fueling up cars and trucks as well as [...]

Administration Using Unspent Earmarks for Job Creating Infrastructure Projects

By: Friday August 17, 2012 9:35 am

The Transportation Department found some extra coins in the cushions of the couch and will immediately make available $470 million in infrastructure funds to the states for job creation projects. Most amusing is how this unspent money came to arrive in the DoT’s coffers: it’s because of the Congress’ newfound antipathy to earmarks: Transportation Secretary [...]

FAA Projects Shut Down, 4,000 Employees Furloughed Amid Congressional Impasse

By: Monday July 25, 2011 9:30 am

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood confirmed on a conference call this morning that up to 4,000 personnel from Federal Aviation Administration have been furloughed without pay, because Congress has not passed an extension of their authorization. The extension, which would be the 21st since 2007, has been tied up over union issues. Both houses of Congress [...]

Legislative Analyst Comes After High Speed Rail in California

By: Wednesday May 11, 2011 10:55 am

A lot of the hopes in the Administration for a solid demonstration project on the potential for high speed rail are pinned on California. The state has passed an initiative that will help fund the project through a bond sale, top officials are on board, and the project is further along than most of the [...]

Florida’s High Speed Rail Money Distributed to 15 States and Amtrak

By: Monday May 9, 2011 8:10 am

A good deal of money earmarked for high speed rail was sacrificed in the 2011 appropriations deal. Billions of federal dollars will not go toward constructing a networked of high speed rail lines across the country. However, the Transportation Department has been able to award willing states with grants, mainly because of money turned down [...]

Walker Seeks Rail Funds He Rejected

By: Wednesday March 30, 2011 10:35 am

Before Scott Walker decided to become a little tyrant against unions, he was one of the first Governors, along with his union-busting buddy John Kasich, to attack “Obamarail.” Walker and Kasich returned hundreds of millions in high speed rail money to the Department of Transportation, charging that it was too costly and wouldn’t attract ridership. [...]

Rick Scott Hands Back High Speed Rail Money

By: Wednesday February 16, 2011 8:33 am

Florida Governor Rick Scott returned $2.4 billion in high speed rail money, which would have gone to completing the first HSR spur in the nation, between Tampa and Orlando in the center of the state. Scott said he was punting on the cash in a hastily called press conference where the governor denounced Obama’s budget [...]

LaHood Revokes Wisconsin, Ohio High Speed Rail Money, Gives to Other States

By: Thursday December 9, 2010 11:13 am

Have I mentioned that Ray LaHood is my favorite Obama Administration cabinet member? He told Governor-elects in Ohio and Wisconsin that they could not take high-speed rail money and just channel it to different uses, and if they didn’t use it for its expressed purposes, they’d take it away and give it to states who [...]

LaHood Threatens to Take HSR Stimulus Money from Ohio, Wisconsin

By: Wednesday November 10, 2010 6:18 am

My favorite cabinet secretary is the one who knows how to play hardball with Republican obstructionists, who knows the leverage he holds and is not afraid to use it. I guess that’s because he’s the only Republican in the cabinet*. In some post-election hardball between the Obama administration and newly-elected Republicans, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood [...]

EPA, DOT Raising Fuel Economy Standard to 60 MPG?

By: Friday October 1, 2010 11:40 am

Environmentalists are not enthused about the prospects of meaningful climate legislation for the rest of President Obama’s first term. They may be able to eke out some legislation on oil spill response, a weak renewable energy standard (though Lindsey Graham’s introduction of nuclear power into that debate puts that in peril) and some renewables and [...]

New CAFE Standards Go to 35MPG

By: Thursday April 1, 2010 11:10 am

The Obama Administration is kind of getting a double-dip announcement here. They announced new CAFE standards in a heralded statement back in May 2009. It took almost a year to get the final rulemaking process finished. Now, a day after pissing off the environmental community with the offshore drilling announcement, EPA and the Department of [...]

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