Department of Transportation: State Marijuana Legalization Doesn’t Change Drug Testing Policy

By: Monday December 3, 2012 1:25 pm

The federal Department of Transportation today affirmed that the recent approved marijuana legalization initiatives in Colorado and Washington State will not change their policies regarding marijuana. Marijuana use, whether for medical reasons or recreational enjoyment, is still technically under federal law and that is what the DOT will abide by.

 

US Finalizes 2025 Fuel Efficiency Standard of 54.5 MPG

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 1:40 pm

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 the emitting of greenhouse gas emissions.

Administration Using Unspent Earmarks for Job Creating Infrastructure Projects

By: Friday August 17, 2012 3:45 pm

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.

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

By: Monday May 9, 2011 7:15 pm

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 from the initial stimulus package by states with Tea Party governors like Florida and Wisconsin. Today, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood took Florida’s $2 billion and gave it to 15 states and Amtrak.

LaHood Threatens to Take High Speed Rail Stimulus from OH, WI

By: Wednesday November 10, 2010 7:45 am

We’ve seen this game of chicken play out over the past two years, with governors who appear far more ideologically committed than Walker and Ohio Governor-elect John Kasich. Rick Perry, Mark Sanford and even Sarah Palin all made rumblings about not accepting stimulus funds, and they all buckled in the end. Walker and Kasich appear sincere about killing the rail projects, but now that LaHood has told them that the money is “use it or lose it,” let’s watch and enjoy.

EPA, DOT Raising Fuel Economy Standard to 60 MPG?

By: Saturday October 2, 2010 6:00 pm

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 energy efficiency tax incentives, but in the main you’re not going to see much of anything out of Congress that would really bring down carbon concentration in the air.

That effort moves to the regulatory agencies now. The EPA already plans to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, which could lead to retiring many old coal-fired power plants. And now, they are teaming with the Department of Transportation to deliver new rules on fuel economy that could reach pretty sharply high levels.

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