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In Europe, the Hybrids are Coming

As hybrids gained ascendancy in the U.S., Europe showed little interest, with diesels proving more popular. But if the 2010 Geneva auto show is any indication, that preference is about to change....This influx of hybrids can be explained by upcoming European emissions regulations, which are likely to put a damper on diesel production.

Crunch time for AB 32

Will California continue to lead the fight against global warming? California’s experiment in fighting climate change may be over before it gets started, if some conservative and business groups have their way. Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has already promised that if elected she will immediately issue an executive order to suspend AB 32 for a year.

Muni Summit Aims to Provide Solutions

Transit advocates, business organizations and community groups will meet this weekend to come up with their own suggestions to help keep the perennially debt-ridden San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency afloat. On May 1, Muni service will be reduced by 10 percent, a change that will result in longer wait times for more-crowded buses. That reduction comes less than six months after a major shakeup to service resulted in the elimination of six Muni lines. Despite the cuts, the SFMTA faces a $56.4 million budget shortfall next fiscal year.

New Study Picks Same Route for High-Speed Rail

The state High-Speed Rail Authority issued a revised study that continues to recommend that speed trains between the Bay Area and Central Valley travel through the Pacheco Pass instead of the Altamont Pass. The authority, which selected the Pacheco route over Altamont in 2008, had to reassess the best route and redo portions of its environmental report after a Sacramento judge ruled in December that its initial analysis was inadequate. The ruling came in response to a lawsuit by the cities of Menlo Park and Atherton and four environmental groups that favor the Altamont alignment.

House Approves 10-Month Extension, Returns Bill to Senate

The House of Representatives approved an amended job-creation bill this afternoon that would extend Highway Trust Fund authorization until Dec. 31, deposit $19.5 billion of general revenue into the Highway Trust Fund, restore this fiscal year's highway funding to $42 billion from $30 billion, and offer additional federal support for states and localities that wish to issue Build America Bonds to finance infrastructure construction. The Highway Trust Fund's authority lapsed Sunday after the House did not act on the 10-month extension last week and after Sen.

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