"Obama to Announce High-Speed Rail Plan Post-Speech"

"A day after delivering a State of the Union address aimed at showing recession-weary Americans he understands their struggles, President Barack Obama intends to award $8 billion in stimulus funds to develop high-speed rail corridors and sell the program as a jobs creator.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to announce grants for 13 major corridors during a town hall meeting in Tampa, Fla., Thursday, the president's first public appearance following his speech to the nation. It's an attempt by the White House to show that getting Americans back to work is the president's top priority and that he has a plan for how to do it.

The president's visit to the region means Florida's proposal for a high-speed line connecting Orlando and Tampa is likely to receive funding. California's proposal for an 800-mile-long rail line from Sacramento to San Diego and a nine-state proposal in the Midwest are also considered strong contenders."

Julie Pace reports for the Associated Press January 27, 2010.

See Also:

"Obama's Speech to Tout Plans to Energize Economy" (AP)

"Climate Control Supporters Focus on Job Creation" (Reuters)

"NY Times Calls on Obama to Lead on Climate Bill. Will He Listen?" (Trreehugger)

"If Polls Say 'Yes' to a Climate Bill, Why Do Lawmakers Say 'Maybe'?" (ClimateWire)

"Scenarios: Climate Change Options for Congress in 2010" (Reuters)

"Fears Barack Obama Will Omit Climate Change From State of Union Speech" (UK Guardian)

"Advocates of Climate Bill Scale Down Their Goals" (New York Times)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010