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Thursday
Mar132014

Rejecting Keystone XL would be a gift to Putin: former Obama adviser

He says climate change requires action, but can't see how the Keystone pipeline determines that issue.

Click here for complete article > The Canadian Press

March 13, 2014

Retired Gen. James L. Jones testifies at a U.S. Senate hearing on the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington, Thursday, March 13, 2014.President Barack Obama's former national security adviser says rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline would be a gift to Vladimir Putin.

James Jones is testifying today at a Senate hearing on whether approving the pipeline is in the U.S. national interest.

He says energy scarcity is a powerful geopolitical weapon -- as evidenced now in Ukraine, and at various times in Iran and Venezuela…

Wednesday
Mar052014

Obama‚Äôs 2015 Budget Proposes $73 Billion for Surface Transportation

“Today’s proposed budget misses the mark when it comes to the transportation needs of the U.S. economy,” ATA President Bill Graves said in a statement. “It provides no real funding solutions for the long-term health of our infrastructure and proposes massive new subsidies for a mode that moves a small proportion of America’s freight and passengers,” a reference to rail.

2015 Administration Budget for Federal Highway Administration

Click here for complete article > Transport Topics

March 4, 2014

President Obama’s budget proposal includes $73.61 billion for surface transportation spending in fiscal year 2015, a 1.8% increase over this year’s level as part of a four-year, $302.3 billion surface transportation plan.

The Federal Highway Administration takes up nearly two-thirds of the plan, or $199.2 billion.

In a March 4 press briefing, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said better freight movement is one of his priorities, and the budget includes $10 billion over four years that covers highway, rail and port projects.