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TAG : Congress

The Power of the Bike Pin

A couple weeks ago, my colleague at the League of American Bicyclists, Meghan Cahill, tried to convey the power of the pin. They may be plastic and, yep, they’re neon, but people go crazy for those little bike pins, she told me. Last week, as I lobbied with the Missouri delegation on ...

People for Bikes: One Million Voices United for Better Bicycling

When we take the time to write a letter to our members of Congress, we all like to think our duly elected officials read and react to our concerns and ideas. But let’s be realistic. Many times, those notes never get past the eyes of administrative staffers. If we’re lucky, we might get a ...

Congress Returns, Will the Senate Act on Energy?

Congress has returned from summer vacation with much of the news coverage focusing on health care reform, but does anyone remember the clean energy and climate bill?Shortly before the summer recess the Waxman-Markey bill, the largest and most progressive energy bill, passed the House of ...

Checking in on the Climate Bill Debate

Hold onto your hats, Congress is debating climate change. Right now the U.S. House is considering the Waxman-Markey climate bill.To get in on the fun, check out the extensive coverage over on Grist. You can find their latest articles on the climate bill here. (One especially fun article: ...

For or Against Global Warming?

   PHOTO BY ISTOCK/JAN WILLWhile Congress continues to consider climate legislation (see Gore Says this is the Year for Action on Climate), some scientists and scholars — believe it or not — still debate about whether or not the global warming issue is real. There is even a government ...

Get Paid to Scrap Your Old, Inefficient Vehicle

A bill introduced in Congress Wednesday would help drivers retire their old, inefficient cars in exchange for money to help them buy public transportation passes or newer vehicles with better-than-average gas mileage. The Accelerated Retirement of Inefficient Vehicles Retirement Act of 2009 ...

Green Jobs in Obama's Stimulus Package

President-elect Barack Obama traveled to Capitol Hill Monday to gauge congressional support of his proposed $775 billion economic stimulus package. He met with Senate and House leaders from both sides of the aisle.The stimulus plan includes billions in tax cuts for workers and businesses and ...

Automaker Bailout Sparks Interest from Environmental Groups

This week, Congress debated an auto industry bailout bill of $25 billion. The executives of the Big Three Automakers – Ford, Chrysler and General Motors – testified at congressional hearings (after spending tens-of-thousands of dollars to fly in on their luxury private jets, one of which ...

Congress Gets Energetic

Lately I've been writing quite a bit about what's happening in Washington, D.C. It's not so much that I have a one track mind as that Congress has been busy debating legislation that will have a real impact on the environment — especially on energy use. If you're an environmentalist, now is a ...