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Friday
Aug052011

Guest Commentary: Energy in the West key to economic recovery

Click here for complete article > Denver Post by Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, chairs the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Minerals. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, chairs the House Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade

August 5, 2011

As many Colorado families continue to lose jobs, homes, or even hope for a brighter future, they may not realize that one key to our nation's economic recovery lies right beneath them. Colorado and our Western neighbors are home to vast energy reserves that, if tapped and developed responsibly, could fuel our nation's economic recovery…

Thursday
Aug042011

Gas tax may be next Tea Party target

Click here for complete article > CNN Money

August 4, 2011

You may want to consider investing in some good shock absorbers for your car this fall.

Fresh from blocking any new tax increases during the debt ceiling debacle, some lawmakers in Congress may now oppose renewing the federal tax on gasoline and diesel fuel, which is used to maintain our nation’s highways.

The federal gas tax of 18.4 cents a gallon expires at the end of September. In order to keep the gas tax, lawmakers would need to vote to extend the highway funding bill, which is what the gas tax is tied to.

There are no official efforts to scrap the tax yet but as first noted in the journal Politco, momentum appears to be moving in that direction…

Thursday
Aug042011

The Bakken Boom: An Introduction to North Dakota’s Shale Oil

Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc.

August 3, 2011

Like unconventional shale gas, unconventional shale oil is now becoming more and more conventional. The technology used to first extract natural gas from shale rock in the Marcellus and other shale gas plays has been fine-tuned and modified to extract oil from shale formations across the country, such as the Monterey play in California, the Eagle Ford in Texas, and most notably the Bakken in North Dakota...

 

 

 

Thursday
Aug042011

Senate should act on highway bill after break: Reid

Click here for complete article > Reuters

August 2, 2011

The Senate should take up legislation laying out how much money the country will spend on roads, bridges and highways when it returns from its month-long recess, Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday…

Wednesday
Aug032011

May 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 15.7 Percent from May 2010

Click here for complete article > Bureau of Transportation Statistics

 August 2, 2011

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American neighbors, Canada and Mexico, was 15.7 percent higher in May 2011 than in May 2010, totaling $77.3 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

BTS, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that the value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico, the United States’ North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, in May 2011 rose 61.5 percent in two years from May 2009, but has still only risen 4.3 percent above the early recession level of May 2008…

Tuesday
Aug022011

Wind 'corridor' could speed projects

Sounds strangely like the Ports-to-Plains Alliance Region!

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Click here for complete article > Argus Leader

August 1, 2011

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working on a plan to fast-track wind energy projects within a 200-mile-wide corridor down the center of the country, including much of South Dakota.

The catch: As proposed, the so-called Great Plains Wind Corridor also would allow an unspecified number of endangered birds to be killed, including the piping plover, the least tern and - most controversially - the whooping crane…

Tuesday
Aug022011

How Might Transportation Funding be Impacted by Debt Deal?

Click here for complete article > Transportation Issues Daily

August 1, 2011

Whether by the hands of the new fiscal commission or through the alternative automatic cuts, federal transportation funding is going to decline dramatically compared to recent years.  The Senate transportation proposal, which counted on a $12 billion infusion of general funding, suddenly looks just a little less attainable.  So too is the prospect of a better-funded bill in two years, if Congress doesn’t pass a bill this year…

Monday
Aug012011

REMI Webinar: Transportation and the Economy (a Three-Part Series)

Click here for complete article > REMI

August 1, 2011

TranSight v. 3.2 - Planning and Economic Impacts after Construction

REMI (Regional Economic Models, Inc.) cordially invites you to join us for a three-part webinar series on the demographic, economic, and fiscal impacts in transportation. We will examine each of the following topics, in detail, using TranSight, our dynamic model of transportation's total effects on the economy.