The set of self-driving vehicle rules now being proposed by a group of US House Representatives would bar individual states from putting their own testing and design regulations in place, going by the contents of a draft proposal that was obtained by Reuters. By James Ayre At the same time, federal regulators would themselves be […]
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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 […]
by Zachary Shahan (Cross-posted from our sister blog, Cleantechnica.) I rolled into Los Angeles at 1:00am on March 31, catching sleep on the flights from Frankfurt to DC and DC to LA in order to be rested for an early arrival at a Tesla store, so that I could to put down an early Tesla Model 3 […]
By David Brin Lead has long been rumored as a major culprit of individual and societal downfall – even in the collapse of the Roman Empire. Starting in the 1960s we found that remediation of houses that had lead-based paint correlated with improved IQ tests for children in poor neighborhoods. A connection with violent crime now seems to be […]
By Deron Lovaas The Senate passed MAP-21 last week by a whopping 74-22 margin. This week several Congressmen introduced it as a House bill, and it has so far almost one-quarter of that chamber has jumped on a co-sponsors of the bill. President Obama and Transportation Secretary LaHood are calling for the House to pass the bill, signaling that the […]
We’ve told you about how bad the GOP-backed transportation bill is – how it’s all about cars, and slashes every every other mode of getting around, from trains to bikes. Which is tragic, because those are exactly the things Americans want more of… By BETH BUCZYNSKI Before the 2008 recession hit, Americans were obsessed with big […]
Last week House Speaker John Boehner insisted he was willing to shut down the government unless we kill a loan program that helps Detroit automakers retool factories to make hybrid cars. (Note: that’s a loan program, not a give-away program.)
Senate leader Harry Reid may have found a little bit o’ backbone, though. He’s started the bizarre parliamentary dance required to lob the ball back at the House… WITHOUT the odious job-killing green-car cut. But will it work?
Washington may be gridlocked and deadlocked, but traffic is flowing smoothly in some parts of the government. This morning, President Obama announced a cornerstone of a real national energy policy: new fuel efficiency standards that will save money, promote energy independence and cut carbon emissions.
One of the biggest disappointments of the first half of President Obama’s term was Congressional Democrats’ near total failure to do anything about energy, climate change, or sustainability.
The good news: There are some things a President can do on his own, and Obama has done some of them.
Is the Chevy Volt gonna save the planet? Probably not anything that dramatic, but it may save GM, and save a lot of tons of CO2 in the process. Here’s the message Chevy sent out to America during yesterday’s Super Bowl, which fits in rather nicely with President Obama’s call for a Sputnik moment in American […]
California has long been the pace-setter on fuel emission standards for cars. But unlike the Bush years, when the state actually had to take the Environmental Protection Agency to court to get anything done, now the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are coordinating with California to make things happen. Until today, California had […]
It’s hard to believe it’s been 5 years since the release of Who Killed the Electric Car. And hard to believe how much has turned around in that short time – back then, electric cars were being destroyed, not built. Now, everyone has jumped on the bandwagon. In Revenge of the Electric Car, director Chris […]
In their rush to get an extra $2 billion out the door, Congress overlooked several possible tweaks that might have made the Cash for Clunkers program a more sustainable economic stimulant and a “greener” environmental program.
Politico.com is reporting that Obama plans to announce a national Fuel-Economy and Greenhouse Gas standard for automobiles that will finally get everyone on the same page.
After Tom Daschle withdrew himself from consideration today as Barack Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services because he failed to pay $130,000 in back taxes for a driver and a car, this old Daschle campaign is a bit ironic.