The good news is that in 2008, public transportation saw the largest increase in ridership in a quarter century. And despite plummeting gas prices, people are still riding buses and trains.
The bad news. The freefalling economy has ruined the demand for recycled materials. Bigtime. (For instance, a ton of tin is worth $5 now. It was worth $327 earlier in the year.) The fear is that if cities and towns aren't making money off their recycling programs, some could stop offering them. Can we blame George Bush for this too? Please?