Year after year, state and local governments propose billions of dollars’ worth of new and expanded highways that often do little to reduce congestion or address real transportation challenges, while diverting scarce funding from infrastructure repairs and key transportation priorities. The fifth edition of Highway Boondoggles finds nine new budget-eating highway projects, slated to cost a total of $25 billion, that will harm communities and the environment while likely failing to achieve meaningful transportation goals.
Waste from e-cigs is a new problem, but it is no different than many other disposable products that have come onto the market. And there is a powerful, proven solution: requiring those who purchase e-cig pods to put down a small deposit, which they can reclaim when they return the empty pod to a store or manufacturer.
It seems straightforward that we shouldn’t build infrastructure that will make us miserable. But that’s just what many currently proposed highway projects will do, by creating more traffic and more pollution, and destroying places where we live, work, and play.