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Dan Cronin, 202-572-3354,

Secretary of Transportation Nominee Urged to Adopt Green Transportation Agenda


Environmental Defense Fund's Transportation Director Michael Replogle, an advisor to the U.S. Department of Transportation and a former consultant to the U.S. Federal Highway Administration and the World Bank, issued the following statement about President-elect Obama's nomination of retiring Republican Illinois Congressman Ray LaHood to be Secretary of Transportation:

"We urge Secretary-designate LaHood to lead the Obama Administration's efforts to adopt new transportation policies to help solve the critical economic, climate and environmental problems facing our country. It is vital that the economic recovery package and the next transportation bill focus investment on expanding low-carbon transportation options, repairing existing infrastructure, and improving freight and passenger transportation system performance.

"Secretary-designate LaHood has an opportunity to shape transportation policy for a generation in a way that cuts traffic, global warming and toxic pollution, and helps us achieve energy independence. We hope Secretary-designate LaHood will work closely with Obama's strong environmental team of Carol Browner, Steven Chu, and Lisa Jackson. We look forward to working with Secretary-designate LaHood to make these important changes a reality."

Environmental Defense Fund's mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. Guided by science and economics, we find practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems. We work to solve the most critical environmental problems facing the planet. This has drawn us to areas that span the biosphere: climate, oceans, ecosystems and health. Since these topics are intertwined, our solutions take a multidisciplinary approach. We work in concert with other organizations -- as well as with business, government and communities -- and avoid duplicating work already being done effectively by others.