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'Green News Report' - July 24, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 07.24.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Breaking: Sudden storm ravages campground in VA; New rules for explosiv...

Fossil Fuel Transport Leads to a Crude Awakening

Marc Yaggi | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
Marc Yaggi

The railways need to learn from the Exxon Valdez spill and put in place preventive measures to protect the environment before we see the rail equivalent of a Valdez disaster.

Obama Hits The Road For Transportation Funding Push

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Barack Obama announced a new program Thursday to attract more private money to help pay to build new roads, bridge...

TSA Fee Hike to Raise Prices on Most U.S. Flights

Travelzoo | Posted 07.15.2014 | Travel
Travelzoo

The September 11 Security Fee will be increasing more than 100 percent on Monday, July 21, for domestic and international flights. This fee, which partially helps fund the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), was enacted in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.

Industry Data: Oil-By-Rail in North America Moving at Record Levels

Steve Horn | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

For the 26th week of 2014 (the half year point) in the U.S., 18.5% more tank cars were on the tracks carrying petroleum and/or petroleum products than last year, a total of 15,894 cars.

Will Proposed Airline Rules Really Help Passengers?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 06.15.2014 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

At 36,361 words, the document laying out the latest proposed Transportation Department passenger protection rule is an epic, a few pages longer than Franz Kafka's novella "The Metamorphosis."

Dave Jamieson

GOP Senator Under Fire Over Truck Safety After Tracy Morgan Crash

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

Two days after a tractor-trailer crashed into Tracy Morgan's limousine, killing a passenger, road safety advocates hammered Sen. Susan Collins (R-Main...

Let's Connect to Opportunity

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

Many Americans -- many of them living in low-income communities and communities of color -- lack accessible transportation options that can make all the difference in their ability to meet basic needs, participate fully in community life, and connect and contribute to our national economy.

Hey, Auto Industry: Eyes Straight Ahead!

Jay Winsten | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Jay Winsten

When it comes to distracted driving, the auto industry has an inherent conflict of interest, and cannot be the final arbiter of guidelines to curb the problem.

WATCH: Harvard School Of Public Health Panel On Distracted Driving With Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

Lance Gould | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact

Distracted driving is a national safety issue, responsible for 421,000 injuries and more than 3000 deaths in 2012. The problem is so pervasive that...

Rule Mandating Rear View Camera in Vehicles Will Save Lives

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Consumers won a landmark victory last week: Starting in 2018 all new vehicles will be required to enable drivers to see what is directly behind them when they back up. This major consumer win was hard fought, and for good reason. It will save two lives each week.

GM Recall: What Needs to Happen Next

Ami Gadhia | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Ami Gadhia

As the answers come to light, Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, has a list of policy recommendations to raise the bar for accountability and help prevent another safety crisis.

U.S. Transportation Officials Accuse Industry Of Hampering Oil Train Safety

AP | MATTHEW BROWN | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. transportation officials say the oil industry is not giving up information needed to gauge the danger of moving crude by...

In-Flight Phone Calls May Be Annoying, But They Shouldn't Be Illegal

Sam Tracy | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

Lifting the ban would not result in an immediate aerial free-for-all: airlines make their own rules, and some have already said they'd keep their bans if the federal ban is lifted.

Here's 30 Billion Reasons Why Mexican Trucks Are No Joke

James P. Hoffa | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

This is not the time for America to be signing off on new trade deals that could worsen the problem. The appeal made by Mexican truckers will only be a drop in the bucket of what is to come if this 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal comes to fruition.

Eugene Mulero

U.S. Highways 'A Disaster' In Need Of Gas Tax Increase, Former Obama Official Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Eugene Mulero | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood intensified his criticism of Congress on Tuesday, saying the country's transportation system ...

How to Catch an Airline Pricing Glitch

Grace McClure | Posted 04.02.2014 | Travel
Grace McClure

Although pure, unadulterated luck certainly plays a factor, there are other ways to increase your chances of becoming one of the "chosen ones."

Wisconsin Has So Much Cheese They're Using it to De-Ice the Roads

Roadtrippers | Posted 02.25.2014 | Weird News
Roadtrippers

If you're planning on making a winter trip out to visit The Spam Museum, The House on the Rock, or just about anything else Wisconsin has to offer, don't be surprised if you catch a faint whiff of cheese on the highway... the roads will be covered in it.

Space Age Military Tech Could Make Critical Car Part Obsolete

Huffington Post | Gregory Fink | Posted 12.19.2013 | Technology

McLaren, maker of the famed F1 supercar of the 1990s, as well as the modern-day 12C and P1, told U.K. newspaper The Sunday Times that it is currently ...

Transportation Secretary May Move Against In-Flight Calls

Reuters | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

* Communications agency looking into looser rules on mobile phone use * DOT has heard outpouring of opposition to in-flight phone cal...

Department Of Transportation Isn't Sure In-Flight Phone Calls Are 'Fair To Consumers'

AP | Posted 12.12.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — As one part of the U.S. government looks to remove restrictions on making phone calls from airplanes, another agency is apparently...

Winning The Distraction Marathon

Anthony Foxx | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Anthony Foxx

As much as mobile devices can keep families connected, there is one place where they can disconnect families permanently. And that's on the road.

10 Ways To Upgrade Holiday Travel

Rana Florida | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rana Florida

Is there anything that airlines and airports can do to upgrade the travel experience? Yes there is! Here are 10 simple things that they can do now to make our journeys a little more comfortable and sane.

Plaza Wants 'Eyesore' Citi Bikes Removed

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.15.2013 | New York

The Plaza wants the Citi Bike rack in front of its landmark hotel yanked immediately. The hotel believes that the block-long collection of bikes a...

Pedestrians Trip Over Citi Bike Stations, Sue Citi Bike

The Huffington Post | Jane Janeczko | Posted 10.02.2013 | New York

Two lawsuits have been filed against Citi Bikes since the program officially launched in May. Neither lawsuit however, has anything to do with bike ri...