New Roads = New Pollution
President Obama and Congress are working to pass a green-jobs economic stimulus package — but it is in danger of being hijacked by the road-building lobby, which wants billions of dollars for unnecessary new roads that would increase global warming pollution. Just 10 miles of a new four-lane highway lead to emissions that are equivalent to the lifetime emissions of 46,700 new Hummers.
Transportation is responsible for 30 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and 70 percent of our oil consumption. By investing in clean transportation solutions including public transportation and smart growth, the stimulus package can create green jobs (such investments create more jobs per dollar than new roads) and reduce our dependence on oil.
Send Congress this simple message: New Roads = New Pollution. Keep the stimulus clean.