Transportation

"U.S. EPA To Hand Over Biofuel Exemption Documents To GAO Probe"

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is handing over to the Government Accountability Office information on oil refiners that petitioned for exemptions to biofuel blending mandates, in an effort to help the government watchdog investigate the exemption program."

Source: Reuters, 05/06/2021

"Biden Plan to Boost Public Transit Funding: Visionary or Wasteful?"

"If President Joe Biden gets his way, the federal government will double public transit funding in the coming years. He sees it as an essential part of his proposed $2 trillion infrastructure package: a way to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and meet rider demand."

Source: Pew/Stateline, 05/04/2021

'White Gold' Rush: Calif. Lithium In Demand Amid Electric Vehicle Surge

"As demand for electric vehicles heats up, there's concern about a shortage of the key minerals needed to make them. The Biden administration has called for boosting domestic production of such minerals, including lithium for the lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles. And that has many hoping for big business in a desolate spot of California's Imperial Valley."

Source: NPR, 04/29/2021

Biden DOT Proposes Restoring Calif.'s Right To Set Car Pollution Rules

"The Transportation Department announced Thursday it was withdrawing part of a Trump-era rule that blocked states from setting their own tough car pollution standards, setting the stage for a return of broader power to California to fight climate change."

Source: LA Times, 04/23/2021

"Dems Push $25B For Electric School Buses, A Biden Priority"

"Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled legislation that would invest $25 billion to convert the nation’s fleet of gasoline- and diesel-powered school buses to electric vehicles, building on a component of President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan to improve children’s health."

Source: AP, 04/22/2021

"U.S. To Join Global Effort To Decarbonize Shipping Industry - Kerry"

"The United States will join an effort by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 in the global shipping industry, climate envoy John Kerry announced on Tuesday ahead of a climate leaders summit President Joe Biden will host this week."

Source: Reuters, 04/21/2021

"How Politics Is Shaping Biden’s Infrastructure Proposal"

"From weatherization funds to electric vehicles, the White House made compromises to enlist a broad coalition that includes labor and communities of color".

Source: Washington Post, 04/21/2021

Watchdog: Trump-Era Rollback Of Car Rules Undercut EPA Staffers' Advice

"Former President Trump's rollback of clean car standards violated federal regulatory processes, obscured career staffers' concerns and failed to assess impacts on vulnerable communities, according to EPA's internal watchdog."

Source: E&E News, 04/21/2021

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