As punctuality plummets, Amtrak confronts freight in Supreme Court battle
Wisconsin resident Bob Fisher had a ticket to ride the train. He ended up on a bus. Fisher, a retired planner from La Crosse, had planned to take Amtrak's Empire Builder eastward across the state to Milwaukee for a conference this summer. Informed that his train was running six hours late, Fisher disappointedly opted to make the trip on a motor coach chartered at the railroad's expense. For Amtrak travelers, such schedule-shredding snafus are becoming more common as delays push long-distance train punctuality to its lowest point in years, driving off customers and raising costs.
EPA, Interior, DOE employees favor Dems in campaign giving
Employees at U.S. EPA and other key agencies overseeing environmental and energy policy have overwhelmingly favored Democratic candidates when it comes to opening their wallets.
More cities experiment with electric buses and other, cleaner forms of mass transit
Just as American drivers balance fuel economy, sticker price and overall value when buying cars, transportation departments nationwide are increasingly forced to weigh fiscal constraints with long-term economic and environmental merits and pitfalls before placing their next bus orders. Faced with a diversity of choices as electric bus makers have multiplied and as diesel and hybrid engines have become more efficient, transit providers are following their own blueprints.
Scientists prepare an inexpensive, accurate regulatory tool to track greenhouse gas concentrations
A new technique using a pair of laser-based instruments could one day help scientists more accurately detect concentrations of the greenhouse gases considered responsible for climate change.
Secret meetings tackle back-to-back energy-sector cyberthreats
The Department of Homeland Security is hosting a series of secret briefings to address "ongoing" cyberthreats to energy control systems, according to security experts.
PSEG CEO offers support for EPA efforts to curb carbon emissions
Like most electric utility leaders, Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. Chief Executive Officer Ralph Izzo has a few changes in mind that he'd like to see in U.S. EPA's proposed rules to curb carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.