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Colin Peppard, NRDC alum, Washington, D.C.

Colin Peppard

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Senate Accelerates Toward Transportation Reform: The Devil's in the Details

Posted May 25, 2011 by Colin Peppard in Moving Beyond Oil, U.S. Law and Policy

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      After 18 months of dead ends and false starts in Congress, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee renewed hope that lawmakers might soon take action to overhaul our outdated federal transportation policy. The committee's leadership - two Democrats...continued

Myths and Facts About High Gas Prices

Posted March 25, 2011 by Colin Peppard in Moving Beyond Oil

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      The Washington Post offers a helpful set of myths and facts about what's driving oil prices upward. Two key points: 1. Developing domestic supply won't bring down domestic prices. Even if domestic supplies were developed, American presidents...continued

Cheap Gas? Where?

Posted March 21, 2011 by Colin Peppard in Moving Beyond Oil

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      Gas prices across the country are rising, and that has most Americans concerned. And rightly so - the painful impacts of rising gas prices are very real for families and businesses across the country. However, while gas is...continued

A Different Kind of Demand Problem

Posted March 15, 2011 by Colin Peppard in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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      Rising gasoline prices are driven by a demand issue, not a supply problem. But gas prices also influence the demand for different types of transportation. In particular, when gas prices go up, people drive less and use public transit...continued

High Gas Prices are a Demand Problem

Posted March 13, 2011 by Colin Peppard in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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      Matthew Yglesias has is exactly right on the global nature of oil and gasoline prices: Oil is produced and consumed in particular places, but there’s a single worldwide price of oil that’s determined by global supply and global...continued

Cutting Back on Gas? Your Neighborhood Thanks You!

Posted March 10, 2011 by Colin Peppard in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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When it comes to gas prices, it's not just how much you pay, it's how often you buy. And driving less saves you money - a lot of it, in fact. Driving is expensive, and oftentimes cleaner alternatives are also more affordable....continued

More People are Driving, But People Aren't Driving More

Posted March 7, 2011 by Colin Peppard in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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      Last week, I wrote about this year's uptick in nationwide driving rates. In particular, I asked whether the regions that had begun to invest more in expanding transportation options rather than ever-expanding highways might be bucking the broader...continued

U.S. Driving Rates Are Up... But For How Long?

Posted March 2, 2011 by Colin Peppard in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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     Auto use in the U.S. plunged during the record high gas prices we saw a few years ago. But driving has been steadily creeping back up, and the Department of Transportation announced today that American's drove about 3 trillion...continued

H.R. 1: What's at Stake? San Jose's Transportation Future

Posted February 17, 2011 by Colin Peppard in Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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      Since the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system was being conceived back in the 40s and 50s, the public, businesses, and government leaders throughout the region have wanted to connect San Jose to Oakland and, across the Bay,...continued

H.R. 1 Transportation Budget: Fewer Jobs, Greater Costs, More Pollution, Worse Commutes

Posted February 14, 2011 by Colin Peppard in U.S. Law and Policy

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        Americans agree that we need to tighten our fiscal belt to deal with rising budget deficits. However, they also believe that cuts must be made strategically to ensure that we continue to invest in the future of...continued

Minding the Gap: Deficit Spending and Transportation

Posted January 4, 2011 by Colin Peppard in Moving Beyond Oil, U.S. Law and Policy

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Much has been written about the massive gap between what America actually spends on infrastructure, and what needs to be spent in order to keep the system we've built over generations in a state of good repair while also...continued

Getting Back on Track: States, Transportation Policy, and Climate Change

Posted December 14, 2010 by Colin Peppard in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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While it's no secret that carbon pollution has risen steadily in recent decades, increasing 27 percent between 1990 and 2007, it isn't as well known that nearly half of that net increase has been due to increasing emissions from the transportation sector....continued

Transportation and Climate Change: States Hold the Key

Posted December 13, 2010 by Colin Peppard in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Many of us are concerned with carbon pollution from transportation. It’s the second largest source of emissions in the United States, and it’s been among the fastest growing for years. Often advocates focus on the federal transportation bill as a...continued

The American Power Act Invests in the Future of US Transportation

Posted May 26, 2010 by Colin Peppard in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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With millions of gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico each day, increasing scientific urgency for action on climate change, and a new study that shows how clean energy can create millions of jobs over the next ten...continued

Saving Oil = Saving Money

Posted April 26, 2010 by Colin Peppard in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Infrastructurist brings us another excellent infographic from Martha Kang McGill today. The graphic shows gasoline consumption by state both overall and per capita. The statewide numbers are not terribly surprising - more populous states obviously use more gasoline. But the per...continued

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