Guess what! There is good news coming out of the White House! The House of Representatives has passed a bill, which Bush has said he'll sign, to set tougher fuel economy standards on U.S. automobiles:
The bill, which passed on a bipartisan vote of 314 to 100, sets higher fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks for the first time in 22 years and requires the annual production of 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels by 2022, a fivefold increase from current ethanol production levels.
And there's more good news today!
The Japanese have long had a sneaky way of getting around international whaling agreements, by saying that they were allowed to kill X number of whales for scientific research. This year, the Australians got so pissed about this that they vowed to send ships and helicopters in pursuit of Japanese whalers, to video-tape every thing they caught.
Just this morning the Japanese have announced that they've changed their minds and won't kill any humpbacks, which have been under international protection since 1966. On the flip side, they're still planning to kill 1000 whales of other types.
Pretty cool of the Australians eh? I wish they'd come over and videotape the oilsands in Canada, and the automobile use in our big cities, and shame us into taking a tougher stand on climate change.
If you're a cycling advocate, and you want to hear someone who will bring tears to your eyes, listen to Kevin Sylvester's recent interview with Enrique Penalosa on CBC Radio.
Penalosa was the mayor of Bogota (Colombia) who believed in the priority of public transit and active transportation over automobile transit, and was able to achieve massive changes in Bogota's transportation methods. If you listen to the interview (you MUST listen to the interview), Penalosa ties democracy and human dignity into a city's choice of transportation methods, and it is totally inspiring.
And to my surprise, while looking up Enrique Penalosa, I found a story about how Bush is actually pro-bicycle!
And finally, want to test your vocabulary and donate rice?