Today’s Environment

· McCain’s senior policy adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin reaffirmed the Bush Administration position that the Clean Air Act should not be used to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.  Grist notes that Obama’s position is actually to see if Congress can put together climate legislation in the first 18 months, and if not, to then use the Clean Air Act, as the Supreme Court has held is appropriate

· e360 disagrees with even this position, urging that “Rather than wait for action by Congress, the next president should employ an existing tool for tackling climate change: using the Clean Air Act to control greenhouse gas emissions and to establish a national cap-and-trade program.” 

· Audi announces a new plug-in hybrid, the A1 Sportback, which is said to run 60 miles on a single charge, after which it gets 72 mpg.  As seems to be the case with most EVs, it is unclear when this concept car could be available. 

· Support for California’s high speed rail ballot measure, Prop 1A, grows on college campus.

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