Trump administration prioritizes rural areas over cities in infrastructure spending

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The Trump Administration has re-prioritized which kinds of communities, and what kinds of projects, receive funding from the popular $500 million transportation grant program known as TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery). “More than 64 percent of this round of TIGER funding was awarded to rural projects, a historic number that demonstrates this Administration’s commitment to supporting the country’s rural communities,” the Transportation Department said when it announced the grant recipients in March. Democratic strongholds such as New York City , Chicago and Los Angeles received zero funding from these grants, while projects in blue states that were funded focused primarily on those states’ Trump-supporting regions. This means much more money for rural roads and rail projects, and less for bike infrastructure, green-ways, and sustainable urban design projects. The TIGER grant program was first established through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the stimulus package or economic recovery bill, under President Obama . While the discretionary funds are an important tool for the White House, they represent only a small percentage of the Department of Transportation’s distribution of $50 billion each year through the highway trust fund. After trying to eliminate the program twice, Trump recently signed a massive spending bill into law that tripled the program’s budget. Now, it seems, his administration has found a use for TIGER. Related: 69% of Republicans believe global warming’s seriousness is “generally exaggerated” Trump is not the first president to be accused of using the program to favor his political supporters. In 2013, at the start of President Obama’s second term, two-thirds of the TIGER infrastructure funding went to districts represented by Democrats in Congress. Much of this Obama-era funding went towards projects such as bike and pedestrian infrastructure while sometimes giving only the bare minimum required by law to rural areas. In addition to its shift towards rural communities, the Trump Administration, with its well-publicized focus on trade, is also prioritizing upgrades to port infrastructure in Alabama, Maryland and Louisiana. Via ABC News Images via Depositphotos   (1)

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House Transportation Bill Slashes Bike and Ped Funding in Favor of Big Oil

January 31, 2012 by  
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The House Transportation Bill will be revealed today, and it already has alternative transportation activists across the country up in arms about the amount of funding being cut for federally mandated pedestrian and bike programs. In short, the bill funnels tons of cash into highway improvements and programs, cuts any federal obligation for programs “not in the federal interest” which includes bike and pedestrian programs, increases the size of trucks allowed on highways, cuts the time allotted for environmental surveys of highway projects, and is expected to be paid for in part by opening up drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — a move that democrats say is a “non starter”. The bill has been called “a march of horribles” by representatives from the Sierra Club. Thankfully the bill is still in committee — it is expected to be voted out of committee on Thursday — and has quite the array of hurdles in front of it before it becomes law. Read the rest of House Transportation Bill Slashes Bike and Ped Funding in Favor of Big Oil Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: anwr , department of transportation bill , dot bill , dot budget , house dot bill , house transportation bill , house transportation bill 2012 , house transportation budget , transportation bill , transportation funding

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The House Transportation Bill will be revealed today, and it already has alternative transportation activists across the country up in arms about the amount of funding being cut for federally mandated pedestrian and bike programs. In short, the bill funnels tons of cash into highway improvements and programs, cuts any federal obligation for programs “not in the federal interest” which includes bike and pedestrian programs, increases the size of trucks allowed on highways, cuts the time allotted for environmental surveys of highway projects, and is expected to be paid for in part by opening up drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — a move that democrats say is a “non starter”. The bill has been called “a march of horribles” by representatives from the Sierra Club. Thankfully the bill is still in committee — it is expected to be voted out of committee on Thursday — and has quite the array of hurdles in front of it before it becomes law. Read the rest of House Transportation Bill Slashes Bike and Ped Funding in Favor of Big Oil Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: anwr , department of transportation bill , dot bill , dot budget , house dot bill , house transportation bill , house transportation bill 2012 , house transportation budget , transportation bill , transportation funding

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Historic Baroque Court Apartments Renovated With A Stunning Daylit Core in Ljubljana

January 31, 2012 by  
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Pawel Grunert’s SIE43 Chair is Made from a Cascade of Clear Blue Plastic Bottles

January 31, 2012 by  
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This watery blue chair by Pawel Grunert is as refreshing as the liquid that was once contained in the plastic bottles it’s made from. Called the SIE43 Chair, the piece was constructed for the ‘Eco Trans Pop’ exhibition at the Colombari Gallery in Milan, Italy. Grunert created a stainless steel frame to which he affixed dozens of PET bottles to create the cascade of blue. Though the seat doesn’t look like the most comfortable one we’ve seen, it’s an attractive piece of eco art that calls attention to the versatility of recycled materials . + Pawel Grunert Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bottle chair , eco bottles , eco design , eco furniture , green design , pawel grunert , recycled chair , recycled furniture , Recycled Water bottles , sie43 , sustainable design , water bottle art , water bottle chair , water bottle furniture

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Siemens’ Middle East Headquarters Will Be An Energy Efficient Model for Masdar City

January 31, 2012 by  
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New Emails Show BP Was Aware of Possibility of Oil Spill in Gulf But Kept it Secret

January 31, 2012 by  
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On Friday, as part of a federal investigation, BP released a series of internal e-mails sent directly after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and started to leak oil into the Gulf of Mexico that seem to reveal that the company knew just how disastrous the situation could be. The day of the spill, BP had an expert model the situation at the Deepwater Horizon well and the modeler came up with a possible leakage of 3.4 million gallons per day . BP managers then instructed everyone at the company who knew about the truth to keep quiet about this knowledge, all the while telling the public that they estimated a mere 42,000 gallons per day were leaking from the well. It seems that if BP had the gumption to just come out and tell the truth, the oil spill containment mission might have received the full gusto that it required. Read the rest of New Emails Show BP Was Aware of Possibility of Oil Spill in Gulf But Kept it Secret Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bp disaster , bp investigation , bp oil spill , bp oil spill failure , deepwater horizon , deepwater horizon investigation , deepwater horizon oil spill , deepwater horizon oil spill failure , gulf oil disaster , Gulf oil spill , gulf oil spill failure , gulf oil spill investigation

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