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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

Cleantechnica attends the Tesla Model 3 rollout

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 […]

March 31st

David Brin: How did we cut the crime rate? We cut out environmental lead…

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 […]

January 14th

Senate passes good transportation bill, House doubles down on disaster

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 […]

March 22nd

Government shutdown Part 2: Senate takes up Boehner’s green-jobs-killing bill

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?

September 26th

White House announces new fuel economy standards

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.

July 29th

Feel the charge: Chevy Volt Super Bowl ad

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 […]

February 7th

EPA and Cali Coordinate New Auto Emission Standards

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 […]

January 24th

Clunkers for Cadillacs?

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.

August 13th