Breaking a new record, U.S. drivers drove 1.54 trillion miles between January and June of this year, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This is as Congress continues to struggle to find a long term solution to fund highway and transit investments. (The Hill)
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“What we’re seeing is a president that is prioritising the climate issue,” said Jennifer Morgan of Washington, D.C. think tank WRI.
Pulling out all the stops – In the lead up to 200 nations agreeing to and signing an historicclimate pact in Paris at the end of the year, President Obama pushes ambitious climate action forward in the hope of broad agreement. (RTCC)
Twenty percent – Experts estimate that climate change has made California’s drought more intense by 15-20 percent. The current drought started in 2012. (New York Times)
Questions & answers – Senators from western states affected by the Animas Rivercontamination sent a letter to EPA’s inspector general requesting details about the cause of the spill. (The Hill)