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High-speed rail is no panacea, but it is a powerful tool that has been used to positive effect elsewhere in the world.

America will get off oil one way or another. We will either do it the “easy” way – by making gradual changes in behavior and policy that lead to the development of technological and lifestyle alternatives that reduce our use of oil and move us toward cleaner alternatives – or we will do it the hard way.

Can we do without deep offshore drilling? That’s the question that Brooks never poses. But it’s the one that Americans should be asking.

Can we build suburbs that deliver the kinds of livability benefits Secretary LaHood is talking about? Absolutely. And transportation policy is a critical component in making them possible.

If we're going to reduce America's dependence on oil - and prevent future disasters like the BP oil spill - steps like the one President Obama took today are a must.

Because there is no way that companies could obtain insurance to compensate them for ALL liabilities in case of an accident, liability limits such as the one for offshore oil drilling (and the similar Price-Anderson Act limitations for nuclear power plants) represent massive taxpayer subsidies, and, by extension, massive market distortions.

The Brookings report documents something that has been apparent now – at least anecdotally – for several years, which is that America’s cities (some of them, anyway) are in the midst of a renaissance.

If the new government follows through on these measures, we can add Britain to the list of countries embracing a new energy future that cuts global warming pollution and rebuilds the economy on a sustainable foundation. And it comes in the wake of an election that shifted power to the right.

Folks, mark this down. Read the Senate testimony and digest its meaning. Because this is how engineering catastrophes - including ones with massive environmental consequences - happen. It's not just one thing that goes wrong - it's a series of small mistakes and errors of judgment that would be inconsequential on their own, but that taken together are devastating.

The Boston water crisis - while far smaller in scale and impact than the Gulf oil spill - is a perfect example of why worst-case scenario planning is so important.

This is exactly the kind of disaster environmentalists have warned about for decades – a disaster that the oil industry has repeatedly told the public was virtually impossible. And it is occurring as we speak.

The ability to see how the government uses the public purse is fundamental to democracy - it allows citizens to monitor spending and hold elected officials accountable. Over the past five years, at least 32 states have mandated the creation of online databases that contain “checkbook-level” information on government expenditures, allowing citizens to monitor government spending in a way unheard of just a short time ago.

Happy Earth Day! To mark the occasion we have a sinking oil rig off the coast of Louisiana that is leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico, following an explosion that may have cost as many as 11 lives.

If we’re going to solve global warming, we need all the good ideas we can get. And there is no better place to try those ideas out than in the “laboratories of democracy”: the states.

It is untrue that global warming pollution and economic growth move in lockstep. It is possible to grow the economy while producing less pollution.

A host of studies, including a recent one by the National Academy of Sciences, have shown that there are plenty of cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities in America's existing buildings, enough to slash energy consumption by 30 percent or more.

Yesterday, the Obama administration announced new fuel economy and emission standards for cars and light trucks that represent a huge leap forward in reducing our dependence on oil and cutting global warming pollution. This progress wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of advocates and states across the country.

Despite passage of new federal health care legislation, the nation will still need to address the problem of health care expenses that have been increasing faster than wages and that are consuming a larger share of GDP each year.

It doesn't take too much sleuthing into the scientific record to find out that global warming is expected to lead to exactly the set of changes that buried D.C. in snow and are even now putting the homes of thousands of New Englanders at risk.

Two closely related efforts this month are drawing attention to the fact that cheap housing in far-off exurbia isn't as cheap as it seems - and that compact neighborhoods with good access to transit aren't as expensive as they look.

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