Sign up | Login with →

Transportation

exclusive

Russian Gas Exports and Western Encroachments on Russia

April 17, 2014 by Willem Post
8

According to Russian leaders, after the demise of the USSR, when Russia was in disarray under Gorbachev and Yeltsin, Europe and US leaders, brushing aside historic Russian geo-political interests as irrelevant, took geo-political advantage by steadily expanding NATO and the EU into East Europe.[read more]

Shipping Oil by Rail: A Modern-Day Problem of Social Cost

April 15, 2014 by Meredith Fowlie
2

Oil by Rail Risk

While environmental groups and other stakeholders have been working hard to delay, if not completely derail, major pipeline projects like Keystone, oil companies have also been working hard to find alternative ways to get their crude oil to market.[read more]

A Year with a Leaf

March 30, 2014 by Lou Grinzo
2

At breakfast this morning, my wife reminded me that we picked up our Nissan Leaf exactly one year ago. Since I was looking for time to write a summary of our first year in electric vehicle-land, this anniversary looks like as good an excuse as any.[read more]

Why the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Matters for Climate Change

March 12, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
1

Keystone and Climate Goals

Following the close of the thirty day public comment period, the National Interest Determination (NID) process will continue as federal agencies consider over 2 million comments concluding that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is not the nation’s interest.[read more]

ETS: EU Pins Hopes on 2016 for Global Airline Emissions Deal [VIDEO]

March 12, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU and Global Airline Emissions Deal

Sonja van Renssen, leading environment journalist at viEUws.eu, talks to Member of the European Parliament Peter Liese, rapporteur on Aviation in the EU ETS, about the provisional agreement on including aviation in the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).[read more]

As U.S. Energy Booms, Don't Forget About Roadway Infrastructure

March 10, 2014 by Costa Samaras
1

Energy Boom and Roadway Infrastructure

One fracking operation needs 600 to 1,100 one-way truck trips for equipment to and from a well site. In a new paper in the Journal of Infrastructure Systems, our team estimated the costs of additional heavy truck traffic associated with shale gas development on Pennsylvania’s state-maintained roadways.[read more]

Rebranding Electric Drive

February 24, 2014 by James Greenberger
3

Elon Musk may have duplicated Steve Jobs’ feat of making a tech item fashionable. But more likely he simply rediscovered why people buy a car: an emotional attachment. Selling EV’s and PHEV’s may be less about selling environmental benefits than about selling a sexy, exciting new technology.[read more]

Keystone XL Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement: GHG Analysis & Next Steps

February 22, 2014 by James Coleman
3

On January 31, the United States State Department issued its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Keystone XL pipeline, which is designed to transport oil sands bitumen from Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska.[read more]

Energy Innovation: Do Niche Markets Really Matter?

February 20, 2014 by Stijn van Ewijk

Energy Innovation & Niche Markets

 

In an ever changing world, technological innovation allows us to adapt, survive and thrive. Innovation can impact us adversely as well – the steam engine brought the industrial revolution and with it economic growth and prosperity as well as environmental pollution and inequality.[read more]

Roads Change Everything

February 15, 2014 by Peter Lehner

Roads and the Environment

In Alaska, when politicians talk about building “Roads to Resources”-- new roads through pristine areas to get access to fossil fuels and minerals--the road often appears as a thin line on a map. No big deal. In reality, a road changes everything.[read more]

Greens: 'Magical Thinking' on Oil-by-Rail Behind State's Keystone XL Assessment

February 12, 2014 by Elana Schor
2

The State Department softened some of its sunniest growth predictions for Canadian oil sands by rail in its final environmental review of Keystone XL -- but greens still warn that only analysts in rose-colored glasses could see trains as a viable substitute for the pipeline.[read more]

On the Inefficiency of Fuel Efficiency Standards

February 11, 2014 by Meredith Fowlie
1

Inefficient Efficiency Standards

Imagine you have just been pulled over for exceeding the speed limit. The officer explains that the penalty for speeding decreases with engine size. Why? Because it is relatively more difficult for drivers of high performance cars to exercise restraint and drive the speed limit. What?![read more]

Universities Leading the Way to Our Transportation Future

February 9, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Universities and Transit

This week I trekked up to Philadelphia to speak to a graduate design class at the University of Pennsylvania about a project of theirs, namely delivering greenhouse-gas-reducing policy recommendations to their client, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.[read more]

US Export Bans 101: Markets Defy Artificial Barriers

February 5, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe
1

Environmental advocates weighing in against US oil and gas exports and Keystone XL Pipeline need to be wary. The belief that creating barriers to exports and infrastructure will lock oil and gas under the ground is a misplaced one. Markets will clear, as long as the demand for fossil energy remains.[read more]

exclusive

Energy Efficiency: The Italian Job

January 31, 2014 by Clare Taylor

The work of one small provincial energy agency located in rural Italy has led to investment of over EUR 90 million in energy efficiency in the region, as the Province of Chieti aims for a ‘new economy’ based on the idea of the fight against waste.[read more]