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Texas gives Tesla the middle finger; Musk goes to India

The Texas legislature wrapped up its latest session by passing a law bringing back a $2,500 rebate for Texans who purchase a qualifying low- or zero-emissions car. The program began in 2013 as part of the state’s Emissions Reduction Program and applied to electric cars, fuel cell cars, and cars powered by compressed natural gas, […]

June 17th

Tesla has supercharged plans for 2017

At the 2017 Annual Shareholder Meeting on June 6th, Tesla CEO Elon Musk provided updates on just about every area of the business, which necessarily included the Tesla Model 3. The milestone vehicle will move into production next month. Shortly thereafter, the first customers will receive their Model 3s. The official unveiling will be followed at […]

California and China sign their own climate agreement. Sorry, Trump

California governor Jerry Brown is in China this week. He signed a climate agreement with Wan Gang, China’s minister of science and technology, committing both parties to work together to lower carbon emissions. He will be the keynote speaker at the Under2 Clean Energy Forum in Beijing on June 7, addressing  leaders from 170 countries, states, and cities […]

June 7th

Throwing it into reverse on car fuel efficiency standards

Eleven Democratic senators have signed a letter to Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt calling on him not to do what’s rumored could happen this week: rolling back the fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks and prohibiting California from imposing stricter standards than the federal government does. By Meteor Blades All this could be a […]

March 8th

California utilities devote $1 billion to electric transportation

California’s three largest utilities have filed proposals with the state’s public utilities commission that would allocate up to $1 billion in new spending to “accelerate widespread transportation electrification” to reduce dependence on oil, improve air quality,  increase access to vehicles with no tailpipe emissions, and slash carbon pollution from within the state. by Steve Hanley, NRDC The proposals […]

February 7th

Dem senators propose $10 trillion infrastructure plan (But should they work with Trump?)

By Meteor Blades America’s infrastructure suffers from decades of reckless neglect, what bureaucrats and policymakers conceal behind the euphemism of “deferred maintenance.” Decrepit describes the consequences. Myopic describes the attitude. This affects many realms—our public schools, our public health system, our electrical transmission grid and, despite how deeply we Americans treasure personal mobility, our transportation […]

January 25th

Clinton vs Trump vs Congress on fixing America’s decrepit infrastructure

By Meteor Blades Both Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump have laid out plans for tens of billions to be spent on restoring America’s infrastructure as well as innovating some modernization. Clinton’s $275 billion, five-year plan, not surprisingly, contains solid detail. In place of specifics, Trump’s plan, which proposes $1 trillion in spending and leverage over the same period, depends, as you […]

September 20th