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Average Vehicle Fuel Economy at Record High

June 6, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Fuel Ecnomony Improvement

According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute the average fuel economy (the number given on the window sticker) for new vehicles hit a record high in May of 25.6 miles-per-gallon, a 0.4 mpg rise from April. Vehicle fuel efficiency has increased 5.5 mpg since October of 2007.[read more]

China Promotes Both Fuel Efficiency and Alternative-Fuel Vehicles to Curb Growing Oil Use

May 17, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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China Curbing Oil Use

Unprecedented motorization in China has led to increases in oil demand and oil imports. In response to growing oil imports, the Chinese government is adopting a broad range of policies, including improvements in the fuel economy of new vehicles and the promotion of alternative-fuel vehicles.[read more]

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Can Switching Heavy Duty Trucks to Rail Transport Reduce Carbon Emissions?

July 13, 2013 by John Miller
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HD Trucks and Carbon Reduction

President Obama has included increasing heavy duty vehicle fuel efficiency standards in his recent climate policy speech. Are there more effective alternatives to further reducing heavy duty vehicle transport carbon emissions?[read more]

The Newest Hybrid Cars to Reduce Environmental Impact

April 30, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

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While cars are an everyday necessity and convenience, they’re not doing the environment any favors. Here we’ll focus on some of the hybrids and electric vehicles that either greatly reduce or eliminate fuel emissions altogether.[read more]

Shell Eco-Marathon Fuel Efficiency Race Kicks Off in Houston

April 7, 2013 by Marianne Lavelle

Start your fuel-efficient engines...

More than 1,100 students from 112 schools in the United States and four other countries converged on Houston to show it’s possible to design and drive vehicles that use far less fuel than cars on the road today.[read more]

How green is your EV?

April 18, 2012 by Michael Giberson

On Monday the Union of Concerned Scientists released an analysis estimating the MPG equivalence of electric vehicles. The point of the analysis is this: taking as given an objective of greenhouse gas emission reduction, how do electric vehicles compare to internal combustion vehicles in that dimension? To do such an analysis requires...[read more]

Cutting the Cost of Gasoline: It's About Gallons, Not Prices

March 7, 2012 by Deron Lovaas

Everyone is fixated on the numerator in the price-per-gallon equation, especially the media and politicians. I would argue, fellow consumers, that they are dead wrong to turn a blind eye to the denominator. It calls out for attention, since we can do little to nothing about prices. Photo credit: istockphoto/Talaj Still, let's get...[read more]

Should the U.S. government play a role in American energy use?

February 8, 2012 by Josh Freed

One of the big questions on the campaign trail today is whether there should be a government role in America's use of energy. The reality is that energy is one of the most regulated sectors of our economy—the government already plays a huge role driving innovation and investment. The question we should be asking is: since the government...[read more]

Where to Now For Aviation?

November 2, 2011 by David Hone
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Last week’s first commercial flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner potentially marks the beginning of a new era for the aviation industry. Its composite construction and 20% better fuel efficiency (than the 767) continues a long term trend of improvement by Boeing. But the numbers behind this essential global industry are daunting, albeit with impressive strides forward such as the 787.[read more]

Fuel Efficiency in the US

October 28, 2011 by Tom Konrad
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A nice graphic comparing various passenger cars and alternative fuels. Two quibbles: - I don’t think the NASA crawler (used to transport the Space Shuttle) qualifies as a passenger car. - Why not include natural gas vehicles? [read more]

Running On Full: The Clean Car Agreement Is Good for America

October 13, 2011 by Roland Hwang

Today, I will be testifying a House oversight subcommittee hearing of the House Oversight and Investigations Committee chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA). The topic is the historic agreement that President Obama announced on July 30th to strengthen new passenger vehicle pollution and fuel efficiency standards to deliver 54.5 mpg by...[read more]

Heavy Truck Fuel Efficiency: The Green Skeptic on FOX Business

August 12, 2011 by Scott Edward Anderson

I sat down with Charles Payne and the gang at Varney & Co on FOX Business yesterday to talk about Heavy Truck Fuel Efficiency Standards.  We had a lively conversation. Here's the video: Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com And here's a link in case your browser doesn't support the viewer above: Green Skeptic on...[read more]

The Power of One: Union Pacific

December 7, 2010 by Marc Gunther
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“The Power of One” is a series of stories about people who have helped their companies become more sustainable. (See earlier stories on UL Environment and eBay.) They can’t do it alone, of course. But by coming up with a good idea, enlisting the help of others and making persuasive arguments, one person can change a company and,...[read more]

Michigan: Where U.S. Clean Energy, Emissions, Efficiency Policy Really Counts

May 26, 2010 by Keith Schneider
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On Friday, May 21, President Obama gathered in the Rose Garden the chiefs of his transportation and environmental departments to take the next big step to leverage federal climate policy and clean energy investment to spur new job growth. The president directed Transportation Secretary Ray La Hood and Environmental Protection Agency...[read more]

Fuel Efficiency and the False Choice between Gulf Safety and Oil Supply

May 10, 2010 by Frances Beinecke
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This morning, I am traveling to Louisiana to see for myself what the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster has done to this bountiful but deeply stressed region. I am going to meet with local environmental justice groups in New Orleans and talk with fishermen and biologists along the coast. I want to hear what Louisianans have to say about this...[read more]