Boxer liked transit in 2005. Photo by Metro Library and Archive on Flickr.

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is ready to throw in the towel on America’s future. Friends of the Earth has just learned that she and global warming denier James Inhofe (R-OK) will introduce an amendment to add $50 billion in highway-only funding to the Senate’s version of the stimulus.

Already, the Senate stimulus devotes about three-fourths of money to new roads at a time when transit systems across the nation are cutting service. $50 billion more for roads will push the country years if not decades behind in efforts to fight global warming and add choices for more sustainable living. If Boxer’s amendment passes, state DOTs will be spending years ensuring that housing far from jobs is very, very cheap while our transit-oriented communities languish from neglect.

Please call Boxer’s office NOW at 202-224-3553 and ask her to NOT offer this amendment.

Update: I just called, and the mailbox is full. I’ll update if there is another place to call.

David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.