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American Drivers of New Cars Emit 22% Less CO2 that 6 Years Ago. What Happened?

June 28, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson
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Autobmobile Emissions Reduction

After almost three decades of stagnancy US fuel economy is finally on the move. Its actually quite something. Fuel consumed peaked in 2004, miles driven in 2006 and vehicle numbers topped out in 2008. Could motorization in the US have peaked? That’s a tough one, but driving emissions may well have.[read more]

What's the Greenest Car? An Extremely Short Guide to Vehicle Emissions

April 27, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson
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Vehicle Emissions

A few months back I did a post called The World’s 7 Greenest Vehicles. It only included one car. Since then a few readers have emailed to ask if I could do a similar comparison, but for cars only. So here’s a very brief guide to vehicle emissions.[read more]

A Solar Car for the Masses?

February 25, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

It’s car show season again, with the annual crop of car-model launches. My biggest regret in missing this year's Washington DC Auto Show was not seeing the Ford “C-MAX Solar Energi” concept, an unlikely marriage of electric vehicle (EV) and solar photovoltaic panels (PV).[read more]

Are America's Youth Falling Out of Love With the Car?

July 4, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson
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Youth Without Cars

Between 2001 and 2009 car travel by American youth declined 23%! That isn’t a typo, it’s an outlier. Like solar panel prices dropping by 80% in five years, or Indian grid losses being 25% of total generation.[read more]

The New Suburban Poor: More at Risk to Rising Gas Prices

May 30, 2013 by Gal Sitty
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the new poor?

Now that a greater portion of the poor are living in suburbs, communities that exist thanks to the invention of the automobile, they are likely to be even more vulnerable to the “regressive tax” that is high gas prices.[read more]

Fuel Economy Gold Standard

September 19, 2010 by Geoffrey Styles
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I've long been fascinated by the X-Prize approach of providing substantial (but not astronomical) incentives for key breakthroughs: private sub-orbital flight, lunar landers, and most relevantly for this blog, the Progressive Automotive X-Prize for a 100 mile-per-gallon car, which began in 2006. The latter competition has been won by a...[read more]

How We Can End Our Addiction to Oil

May 31, 2010 by Craig Severance
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What Will it Take to End Our Oil Addiction?      Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill     Peak Oil Coming Sooner Than Expected May 29, 2010 by Craig Severance It's time we moved on to something else, or this is going to kill us.  Not only are world oil supplies running out, but...[read more]

Even the Auto Industry Wants Climate Change Action

March 20, 2010 by Tim Hurst
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Auto industry’s biggest trade group speaks out against Murkowski bill, throws support behind EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. Industry trade group opposes bill to prevent EPA from regulating GHGs. (Photo: Hurst/ecopolitology) We can assume that rail, transit and bicycle groups want governmental action on climate change,...[read more]

Driving growth: How clean cars and climate policy can create jobs

March 16, 2010 by Joseph Romm

Reducing America’s dependence on imported oil will not only enhance our national security; it will create substantially more jobs than continuing on our current path of waste and unsustainable resource use.  CAP has teamed up with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the United Auto Workers to produce a new study on the clean...[read more]

Energy and Global Warming News for June 16th — A car charging infrastructure takes shape; Siemens, Munich Re study $555 Billion, 100 GW concentrated solar project in the Sahara

June 17, 2009 by Joseph Romm

A Car Charging Infrastructure Takes Shape Having shipped hundreds of electric vehicle charging stations, and with repeat orders now coming in from Europe, Coulomb Technologies, a privately-held Silicon Valley company, expects to be profitable by the 2010 introduction of the Chevy Volt, according to its chief executive, Richard...[read more]

China car sales jump beyond imagination with 2-month wait

June 15, 2009 by Ee Mien Low

bloomberg.com : Zhao Hang, who helped devise China's auto-stimulus package, is facing demand from car buyers battling an unexpected consequence - two-month waiting lists. Zhao said : "Given the world economic situation, demand for cars is surprisingly strong in China." Beijing drivers, used to leaving showrooms with new cars the same...[read more]

Carless cities at the European Future Energy Forum

June 12, 2009 by Tom Raftery

One of the more interesting sessions at the European Future Energy Forum was the one on Green building (in fact it was two back to back sessions, one titled Green building and the second was titled Energy Efficiency in Commercial and public spaces). Not surprisingly, given their heavy involvement in the organisation of the event, both...[read more]

Nano unveiled in India- Does it have a sustainable future?

March 25, 2009 by Climatico Analysis
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Photo credit: Flickr/sujathafan On Monday, the highly publicized Tata Motors Nano  automobile was launched in Mumbai. Since 2003 the Tata Motors Nano has been the source of much attention from diverse stakeholders:  garnering labels such as the “The People’s Car,” center of a heated protest over land and labor in India, hailed...[read more]

Cheap Gas

December 5, 2008 by Geoffrey Styles
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As rapidly as it has fallen, the average pump price of unleaded regular gasoline in the US still has a ways to go, to end up lower on Barack Obama's Inaugural Day next January 20 than its inflation-adjusted level of $1.60 per gallon when Bill Clinton took office in 1993. However, it does seem likely to beat the adjusted $1.82 per gallon...[read more]

Surprise! You deserve it.

July 21, 2008 by Henry Gentenaar

You’ve probably noticed the uptick in media stories about shocked American drivers dealing with the bombshell of a new  energy reality. Open a paper and you’re swimming in adjectives describing consumer astonishment. Drivers are “horrified”, “traumatized”, “outraged”. They’re “shaken”, “stunned”, “dazed”,  “worried” and “seeing...[read more]