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  •  Interesting timing: (4+ / 0-)
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    OldDragon, orlbucfan, pengiep, schnecke21

    A press release I just received moments ago:

    House Transportation Bill Drives Us to Deeper Oil Dependence

    This afternoon, Representative John Mica (R-FL), Chairman of the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, officially introduced a major transportation reauthorization bill. The overall plan for the bill includes proposals to open the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as well as the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, and to open landscapes in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming to oil shale extraction. At the same time, it cuts all funding for biking and walking safety and cripples environmental review for transportation projects. On top of this, Speaker of the House John Boehner has said that he would attach approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline to this bill if it were not otherwise immediately approved.

    Sean Carroll, Federal Field Associate with Environment California, issued the following response:

    “Transportation is responsible for one-third of our global warming pollution and two-thirds of our dangerous dependence on oil. But it doesn’t have to be this way – we can invest in clean, efficient travel choices such as public transit that will move our nation away from oil and toward a brighter, healthier future. These projects, such as expanded and improved bus and rail systems as well as biking and walking pathways, give commuters the chance to escape our heavily congested highways and choose smarter, cleaner transportation options that clean up our air and get our nation off oil.

    “The bill introduced by Representative Mica today in the House of Representatives drives us down to the dead end of too many oil spills, too much air pollution, and destroying the places we love. It reads like a wish list for Big Oil, including:

    ·         Deepening our oil dependence: slashing programs for biking and walking safety, while continuing to underfund transit;

    ·         Destroying our most pristine wilderness areas: drilling in protected places like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and opening development for even dirtier, more hazardous sources of oil like oil shale extraction in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah that will endanger nearby drinking water while destroying landscapes and pumping out air pollution at truly alarming rates; and

    ·         Pumping toxic tar sands into the U.S.: Speaker Boehner has stated that he would attempt to force the approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline through this bill, further deepening our addiction to ever more toxic, high risk forms of oil.

    “America needs a smarter, cleaner transportation future, not this destructive proposal that drives us down a road to deeper, more damaging oil dependence. The House of Representatives should reject this bill.”

    I wonder why they wouldn't want any coverage of their meeting today.

    I was Rambo in the disco/ I was shootin' to the beat/ When they burned me in effigy My vacation was complete. Neil Young

    by Mike S on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 11:42:05 AM PST

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    •  Mica is a bribed Repuke Corporate (2+ / 0-)
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      shill from here to hell and back. His district covers Winter Park. Loads of money live there. It's about 15 minutes due north from east central downtown Orlando where I live. I'm not surprised to see him pulling this one outta his dirty hat.

      Since when have greed, stupidity, and downright lying become virtues? Since Reagan, that's when!

      by orlbucfan on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 01:11:10 PM PST

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