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Self-Driving Car Technology's Benefits, Potential Risks, and Solutions

August 19, 2014 by John Miller
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Future Cars and Future Effects

Developing ‘self-driving’ or ‘autonomous’ car technologies can make on-road travel safer and more efficient. What are the major challenges and needed improvements to successfully develop and market this very promising and innovative technology?[read more]

Californians Can Handle the Truth About Gas Prices

August 12, 2014 by Severin Borenstein
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California Fuel Costs and Emissions

Concerns that cap-and-trade will drive up gas prices in California resulted in a letter from Assemblymember Perea and 15 other Democrats asking the California Air Resources Board to delay this expansion of the cap-and-trade program to include transportation fuels from January 1, 2015 to January 1, 2018.[read more]

PACE Lives! First Solar Breaks Efficiency Record; Jet Fuel from Tobacco

August 11, 2014 by Lexie Briggs

Energy News on PACE, Solar, and Jet Fuel

Energy efficiency faces a unique challenge. Residential energy efficiency projects require upfront costs and pay back reliably, but over time. It can be tough to convince homeowners to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to insulate their homes in order to save a few bucks a month in heating and cooling bills.[read more]

Showdown, then Breakdown, on Transportation Lawmaking in Congress

August 11, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Transportation Legislation

Heading out the door for their 5-week vacation this August, Congress wrapped up a major piece of transportation business in an all-too-familiar and depressing fashion. They passed a bill applying set of band-aids to the highway trust fund, allowing it to limp forward until May of next year.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'There’s Been a Monopoly on the Fuel System in this Country'

July 19, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy and Ownership

Utilizing natural gas as a transportation fuel is a large component of Fuel Freedom’s agenda. The recent surge in US natural gas production and the commodity’s current price discount to oil and oil products like gasoline and diesel has made natural gas vehicles a popular concept in recent years.[read more]

Cap-and-Trade's Moment of Truth

July 16, 2014 by James Bushnell
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Cap, Trade, Truth

With the looming expansion of its cap-and-trade program to transportation fuels like gasoline, California is fast approaching a significant moment of truth for its climate policy. This has some people nervous, and there are growing rumblings of proposals to delay the expansion of the cap to transportation fuels.[read more]

China's Latest Mandate: 30% of Government Cars Need to Be Electric or Use Alternative Fuel

July 16, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

China has mandated that at least 30% of government vehicles purchased in the next two years must be fueled by alternative energy. The plan for "new-energy vehicles" includes electric cars, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen electric fuel cell vehicles, according to an announcement reported on by Bloomberg News.[read more]

ISIS Threatens Iraq's Oil Upside

July 10, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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ISIS and Iraq Oil Threat

Last month's blitzkrieg advance of Al Qaeda spinoff ISIS in northwestern Iraq rattled global oil markets and politicians. Yet even as the rebel offensive appears to stall, the escalation of risk in Iraq and its neighbors could affect geopolitics, oil supplies and fuel prices for the rest of the decade.[read more]

A Bipartisan Bid to Boost the Gas Tax

June 24, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Gas Taxes and Bipartisanship

Yes, you can be sure you read that headline right. Senators Corker (R-TN) and Murphy (D-CT) are backing a 12-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax increase to shore up the nation’s highway trust fund, and they are actually getting praised for it to boot.[read more]

Is Elon Musk the Jonas Salk of Our Time?

June 22, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy
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You have probably heard the news by now: Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, has just done something incomprehensible in today’s world driven by corporate profit margins and stock values. Elon Musk has released hundreds of Tesla’s patents for free.[read more]

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Unlocking America's Energy Potential through MLPs

June 20, 2014 by Mary Lyman

MLPs and Energy Potential

There’s no denying America’s quick emergence as an energy superpower. With breakthrough technologies and cutting-edge production processes, the United States is now able to take advantage of our vast energy resources like never before.[read more]

Railroad Deliveries Continue to Provide the Majority of Coal Shipments to the Power Sector

June 15, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Railroad Coal Shipments

In 2013, electric power generators consumed 858 million tons of coal, accounting for 93% of all coal consumed in the United States and 39% of electric power generation. Two-thirds of the coal (67%) was shipped either completely or in part by rail.[read more]

Charge Ahead Initiative Passes Another Key Vote

May 2, 2014 by Max Baumhefner

California Energy Legislation

The Charge Ahead California Initiative aims to deploy, at a minimum, one million electric cars, trucks, and buses in the state within the next ten years, and to ensure that all Californians benefit from the increasing electrification of the transportation sector.[read more]

How Canada's Incoherence on Climate is Killing Keystone

April 29, 2014 by Andrew Leach
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Canada Keystone Incoherence

There’s no shortage of blame being passed around in the wake of another delay in the U.S. regulatory approval process with respect to TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline which, it was announced last Friday, will now drag on for at least another six months.[read more]

A Prudent Action on the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline: Waiting for a Legal Pipeline Route through Nebraska

April 24, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch
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Keystone Nebraska Route

The State Department has extended the comment period for the agencies weighing in on the Keystone pipeline. In their announcement, State cited the fact there is no legal route through the state of Nebraska and there won’t likely be one for at least another 6 months to a year or more.[read more]