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Cyber Monday report reveals climate-wrecking supply chain of US retail shopping giants

As shoppers scoured the internet for holiday deals on Cyber Monday, a pair of environmental groups published a report that exposes the planet-heating maritime shipping practices of four major global retailers: Amazon, IKEA, Target, and Walmart. Entitled Shady Routes: How big retail and their carriers pollute along key ocean shipping corridors”, the new report is from Pacific […]

November 30th

EVs cost MUCH less to operate (unless you make somebad-faith BS assumptions)

Last week, the Detroit Free Press covered a report from Anderson Economic Group that claims that gassing up a traditional car is cheaper than recharging an electric one, based on its CEO Patrick Anderson’s experience with the electric Porsche Taycan he bought. Bad Climate Denier Roundup If it seems odd for an economic report to rely on […]

October 28th

Climate deniers are going all in with disinfo for COP26 (Sorry, Teslas really do produce fewer emissions)

As the world gears up for the COP26 climate negotiations in Glasgow next week, deniers are already laying the groundwork for the disinformation they’ll peddle in a hopefully-vain attempt to recreate their success in using Climategate disinformation to disrupt the Copenhagen COP. By Climate Denier Roundup While every year brings a new and exciting display […]

October 27th

Evangelicals call on EPA to strengthen car emission standards – It’s the pro-life path!

On the final day of comments, 15,750 pro-life Christians submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in support of its proposed rule to strengthen the emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks. The rule, if implemented, would significantly curb greenhouse gas emissions from America’s tailpipes for all model year 2023-2026 vehicles. By the […]

Ford’s big EV investment

Ford Motor Company announced plans on Monday to invest $11.4 billion to accelerate their electric vehicle manufacturing, the single largest investment in the company’s history. In a joint venture with its main battery cell supplier, South Korean company SK Innovation, the companies plan to build three electric vehicle battery plants along with a plant to […]

September 30th

Climate change is an infrastructure problem – map of electric vehicle chargers shows one reason why

Most of America’s 107,000 gas stations can fill several cars every five or 10 minutes at multiple pumps. Not so for electric vehicle chargers – at least not yet. Today the U.S. has around 43,000 public EV charging stations, with about 106,000 outlets. Each outlet can charge only one vehicle at a time, and even […]

August 25th

Why the feds are investigating Tesla’s Autopilot and what that means for the future of self-driving cars

It’s hard to miss the flashing lights of fire engines, ambulances and police cars ahead of you as you’re driving down the road. But in at least 11 cases in the past three and a half years, Tesla’s Autopilot advanced driver-assistance system did just that. This led to 11 accidents in which Teslas crashed into […]

August 24th

Biden’s EV executive order triggers the expected BS response from climate deniers

Last week, President Biden signed an Executive Order encouraging U.S. leadership in the clean car sector with a goal of half of all new car sales in the U.S. being zero-emission by 2030. It took them a few days, but deniers seem to have assembled their response by cobbling together a mix of old lies, new misrepresentations, […]

Biden admin to accelerate fuel efficiency, car pollution standards

The Biden administration is set to announce strengthened emissions and fuel efficiency standards and call for half of new car sales in 2030 to be either EVs or plug-in hybrids. By Nathan Kaufmann Nexus Media News The EPA and DOE rulemakings on emissions and fuel efficiency represent the Biden administration’s biggest regulatory action so far […]

August 6th

5 ways to shape a greener, more equitable recovery through transport

The global coronavirus pandemic brought a wave of public and private initiatives to help societies adapt and recover, from economic stabilization and safety measures to new business models and shifts in consumption. Many of these initiatives are not green, despite the fact that society needs major changes to avoid the most dangerous effects of climate […]

June 26th

With Ford’s electric F-150 pickup, the EV transition shifts into high gear

When President Joe Biden took Ford’s electric F-150 Lightning pickup for a test drive in Dearborn, Michigan, in May 2021, the event was more than a White House photo op. It marked a new phase in an accelerating shift from gas-powered cars and trucks to electric vehicles, or EVs. By Brian C. Black, Penn State […]

June 21st

How world leaders’ high-carbon travel choices could delay climate action

When UK prime minister Boris Johnson took a one-hour flight to Cornwall for the G7 summit, he was criticised for being the latest example of a world leader sending the wrong signals through their travel choices. By Steve Westlake, Cardiff University The Conversation Rather than being the only practical choice, or an oversight, taking the […]

June 19th

Progressives push for high-speed rail funding in infrastructure deal

Clean transportation supporters in Congress joined with environmental and labor advocates for a Wednesday rally to demand funding for high-speed rail, a call that was echoed in a new letter from five Democratic lawmakers amid ongoing infrastructure talks. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The letter is spearheaded by Reps. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), Jim Costa (D-Calif.), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) as well as […]

June 18th

Will “Energy transition materials” be big oil’s newest buzzword to dis EVs?

An op-ed published in The Hill last week seems to adopt an unimpeachable bit of folksy, common sense wisdom, advising that we “not put all our cars in the EV basket.” By Climate Denier Roundup It was written by Bernard Weinstein, whose byline describes him as “an emeritus professor of applied economics at the University […]

IEA say rare-earth mineral supplies for electric cars must increase 30-fold to meet climate goals

At least 30 times as much lithium, nickel and other key minerals may be required by the electric car industry by 2040 to meet global climate targets, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). By Josh Gabbatiss CarbonBrief These metals are among a handful that are considered vital in the manufacture of solar panels, wind turbines and […]