ENVIRONMENTAL HEADLINES, AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 5

OFFICIAL: U.S. HIGHWAY FUND TO RUN OUT OF MONEY THIS MONTH
Houston Chronicle 9/5/08
The federal highway trust fund will run out of money this month, requiring delays in payments to states for transportation construction projects, Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said today.

HUTCHISON SAYS TEXAS IS SHORTCHANGED ON ROADS

HOW DO WE PAY FOR ROADS?

GROWING SUBURBS NOW SEE MASS TRANSIT AS GOOD IDEA
Houston Chronicle 9/1/08
A perfect storm of rising fuel prices and rapid population growth beyond the Harris County line have joined to spur unprecedented suburban interest in mass transit.

RIDE FROM FORT BEND TO MEDICAL CENTER FREE FOR NOW

FREE RIDES END, BUT CIRCULATOR STILL POPULAR

HOUSTON MAY USE RECYCLING PROFITS TO SPUR MORE RECYCLING
Houston Chronicle 9/3/08
Houston is poised to dramatically expand its recycling programs through a variety of initiatives aimed at ending the city’s reign as the most wasteful major metropolis in the country.

$13M FUND FOR HOUSTON FLOOD PROJECTS: ‘HISTORIC’ OR ‘HYPED’?
Houston Chronicle 9/4/08
The Houston City Council created a special fund to finance flooding and drainage projects on Wednesday and placed more than $13 million in it.

GRAY: CAN AN ECOSENSITIVE HOUSE BE AFFORDABLE?
Houston Chronicle 9/2/08
When architects talk about “sustainability,” they usually mean the carbon-footprint kind. But when architect Nonya Grenader dreamed up the 99K House Competition, she was thinking about another kind of sustainability, too: the economic kind.

ASHBY PLANS SUBMITTED 6TH TIME
West University Examiner News 8/31/08
The developers of the Ashby high-rise have resubmitted the plans for a 23-story high-rise and say they remain committed to permitting process.

HIGH-FLYING RAPTORS PAY HOUSTON A VISIT
Houston Chronicle 8/29/08
It’s time for soaring hawks and speed-demon falcons to migrate from northern breeding grounds to their winter homes.

TEXAS’ BIG THICKET PARK AT CENTER OF U.S. DEBATE OVER ATV USE
AN ELECTRIC NO-EMISSION CAR HAS MADE FOLKS GAWK AND RIDE
Houston Chronicle 9/2/08
It looks like a golf cart on steroids. Or a golf cart that got mixed up, in a good way, with a limo and a VW bug.

PROGRAM PROMOTES UNDERSTANDING OF ALLIGATORS
Barzosport Facts 9/4/08
These guys might be tiny, squirmy and too cute for words now, but give them three years and they will be anything but.

SENATE DEMOCRATS PROPOSE BIPARTISAN DRILLING BILL
Houston Chronicle 9/2/08
Democratic leaders in the Senate plan to push a bipartisan energy proposal that would allow for some expansion of offshore drilling when Congress returns next week from a five-week recess.

LOCAL REACTION -
Congressional Candidate Michael Skelly will be speaking at Rice University on Wednesday, September 10 on energy policy and then taking questions from the audience. The event will be 6 – 7:30 pm in Keck Hall 102.

Congressman John Culberson posted the following on his campaign website:
CULBERSON SIGNS LETTER TO SENATE’S “GANG OF 10″ URGING THEM TO RE-THINK THEIR ENERGY PROPOSAL