An overseen benefit of public transit is the creation and retention of sustainable jobs. On January 5, 2010, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Smart Growth America, and U.S. PIRG released What We Learned from the Stimulus, a study that concluded that public transportation generates more jobs than highway construction, although highway construction received more American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds than public transit.
The debate over clean energy is ripping open divisions in conservative
business lobbies. Debate on federal climate change legislation has led
an increasing number of businesses to leave the Chamber of Commerce,
the National Association of Manufacturers, and other business
associations because of those organizations' stances against
recognizing the scientific validity of climate change. The revolt has
been growing ever since a senior Chamber official called for a "Scopes monkey trial of the 21st century" to evaluate evidence of global warming.
Car owners and fans of NPR's Car Talk know that when you get new tires or rotate them, the tires need to be balanced. Often, those tires are balanced with lead weights,
which either disintegrate over time from daily driving, releasing lead
powder into our environment, or are knocked off by curbs and unkempt
roads. Maine, Vermont, and Washington have banned lead weights, and at least California and Iowa are considering similar action. The Environmental Protection Agency
has taken notice, recently signaling that it will work to institute a
nationwide ban of leads weights as Europe has already done.