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Fuel Efficiency – How to cut pollution faster than a speeding Tesla

Our cars and trucks are still the biggest source of global warming pollution in the US. And while the auto-industry re-tools to build more electric cars and consumers warm up to these better cars, the fastest way for President Biden to hit his climate goals is to update the miles-per-gallon standards that determine how far […]

September 14th

Ever-larger cars and trucks are causing a safety crisis on US streets – here’s how communities can fight back

Deadly traffic incidents have declined in most developed countries in recent years. But in the U.S. they’re becoming more common. Deaths in motor vehicle crashes rose more than 33% from 2011 to 2021. Since 2010, pedestrian deaths nationwide have climbed a shocking 77%, compared with a 25% increase in all other types of traffic fatalities. […]

September 9th

US autoworkers may wage a historic strike against Detroit’s 3 biggest automakers – with wages at EV battery plants a key roadblock to agreement

The United Auto Workers union, which represents nearly 150,000 employees of companies that manufacture U.S.-made vehicles, kicked off in mid-July 2023 the labor negotiations it undergoes every four years with the three main unionized automakers. Marick Masters, Wayne State University The Conversation It’s not clear that the UAW will agree upon a new contract with […]

August 9th

Boosting EV market share to 67% of US car sales is a huge leap – but automakers can meet EPA’s tough new standards

One big question keeps surfacing after the Biden administration announced plans to raise auto standards so sharply they would likely boost electric vehicle production to 67% of all new passenger vehicle sales in under a decade: Can automakers pull that off? Alan Jenn, University of California, Davis The Conversation The proposal would require a huge […]

April 15th

EVs – Biden’s new clean car rule leaves climate deniers’ grinding their gears

On Thursday, we talked about how the “major questions doctrine” is being used to justify opposition to climate policies like the Biden administration’s fuel efficiency standards that will speed up the transition to the cleaner vehicles that the climate needs. By Climate Denier Roundup Biden is simply telling car manufacturers to make their products more efficient so their […]

EVs – Biden-Harris Administration proposes strongest-ever pollution standards for cars and trucks to accelerate transition to a clean-transportation future

Building on rapid advancements and investments in clean vehicle manufacturing, including investments in domestic manufacturing in the Inflation Reduction Act, EPA’s proposed standards would deliver on President Biden’s agenda to tackle the climate crisis By EPA Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new proposed federal vehicle emissions standards that will accelerate the ongoing […]

April 12th

Earth Matters – Tesla fires union organizers at Buffalo plant

On Wednesday, Laura Clawson reported on workers’ efforts to organize a union at Tesla’s Buffalo, N.Y., facility. Today, CNBC reports that 30 of them have been fired. By Meteor Blades In a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, Workers United said Tesla fired more than 30 workers from its Autopilot unit at a Buffalo plant as a retaliatory […]

February 17th

Oxford launches sustainable traffic control plan to limit cars, and the conspiracy-theory trolls attack!

If you’ve ever doubted the real-life harms that climate disinformation and conspiracy theories can create, just take a look at what happened last month in Oxford, UK, where proposed city and county council policies ignited global conspiracies leading to local harassment. By Climate Denier Roundup A firestorm of disinformation starting in late November had the […]

February 3rd

Truth Sandwiches: Banning EVs in Wyoming

This has been reported, but we are learning more. The Hill: Wyoming lawmakers propose ban on electric vehicle sales: “A group of GOP Wyoming state lawmakers want to end electric vehicle sales there by 2035, saying the move will help safeguard the oil and gas industries.” By Mokurai  No mention of coal, though. The legislation said […]

January 28th