Transit Shortchanged by Climate Bill

The recently passed House climate bill only dedicates 1 percent of funding to public transportation projects. Some are arguing that needs to be increased when the bill heads to the Senate.
July 9, 2009, 7am PDT | Nate Berg
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Already the bill faces an uphill battle in the Senate, and restructuring it to include more funding for transit projects may not be welcomed by opponents from the Republican party.

"That arrangement, many experts and lawmakers contend, falls well short of what the country will need to reduce the vehicle miles that contribute so heavily to the world's greenhouse emissions. Indeed, the United States, which represents roughly 5 percent of the world's population, emits more than one-fifth of its greenhouse gases - with 28 percent coming from transportation.

Now, as Senate Democrats are preparing to unveil their own sweeping climate-change proposal, a growing chorus of voices is calling for an increase in public-transit funding to eliminate the need for so much additional driving."

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Published on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 in The Washington Independent
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