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  • Carbon emissions grew faster than expected in 2021, outpacing the economic recovery from the pandemic. People are driving again and utilities have been burning more coal to generate electricity because natural gas prices are high. This will make it more difficult to achieve President Biden’s overall climate goals. (CNN)
  • Biden faces an increasingly narrow path to pass the Build Back Better Bill, which contains $555 billion to curb climate change (New York Times). The bill remains in limbo, with talks with a pivotal vote, Sen. Joe Manchin stalled, and Biden pivoting to the franchise (E&E news).
  • Some good news: even in their 30s or 40s, millennials still drive less than Gen Xers and younger baby boomers. (Quartz)
  • Governing interviewed a University of Michigan sociologist about how government and foundation funding for things like public transit often benefits neighborhoods that already have money over communities that need it most where the investment is considered more risky.
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s goal of zero road deaths by 2025 looks increasingly out of reach, with drivers killing 20% ​​more people last year than in 2020 or 2019. (Los Angeles Time)
  • Washington, DC also followed the national trend, with traffic deaths reaching their highest level since 2007. (DCist)
  • Like many cities, Atlanta hopes to use $1 billion set aside in the infrastructure bill to dismantle or bury city freeways that run through black neighborhoods. (AJC)
  • The latest Texas DOT plan to widen I-35 in Austin calls for putting the freeway below grade, allowing more pedestrian crossings and lowering speed limits on frontage roads. But the project will still add lanes. (KUT)
  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit will offer free rides for a week when it launches its revamped bus system on Jan. 24. Why not opt ​​for permanent free? (Magazine D)
  • Portland is considering a $12.5 billion bridge replacement fund under the federal infrastructure program to expand the city’s bicycle network. (Portland Bike)
  • Predictably, Elon Musk’s tunnel for Teslas and a self-driving car demonstration both failed in Las Vegas last weekend. (braked)

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