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Hong Kong Once Again Leading the Way in the Fight to Control Shipping Emissions

March 24, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

Hong Kong and Shipping Emissions

Hong Kong has just taken another giant step towards controlling marine emissions, the major source of its domestic air pollution. The Hong Kong Legislative Council has just approved a new rule mandating that Ocean-Going Vessels (OGVs) switch to clean fuel while at berth.[read more]

Is it Time to Broaden the Scope of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard?

March 23, 2015 by Daniel Posen
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Changing the Renewable Fuel Standard

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires refiners, blenders and importers of transport fuels to meet targets that increase progressively through 2022. Seven years later, and the standard is facing two seemingly opposite stumbling blocks: weak supply (of cellulosic biofuel), and weak demand.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On Obama's Changing Keystone Oil Pipeline Stance

March 21, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Pipeline Policy and Rhetoric

President Obama has used increasingly negative rhetoric in recent months when discussing the Keystone XL pipeline. The President’s remarks have left most observers with the impression that he will reject the controversial pipeline’s permit and cancel the project once and for all.[read more]

Wrightspeed Hybrid-Electric Trucks are the Cutting Edge of Truck Design

March 18, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Hybrid Trucks and Transportation

Wrightspeed Powertrains of San Jose, California is a pioneer in developing hybrid-electric powertrains for heavy duty trucks. This next-generation design provides superior power, performance, and low emissions for heavy duty trucks that operate in some of the most challenging and fuel-guzzling applications.[read more]

Washington Post: President Obama is Lying About the Keystone Pipeline

March 9, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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When President Obama vetoed a bill that would have sped up the approval process for the Keystone XL pipeline, he repeated several false claims which were in direct contradiction to the U.S. State Department assessment of the project. The Washington Post took him to task on these claims.[read more]

'Carbon-Removing' Gas Stations: The Future of Transportation?

March 4, 2015 by Noah Deich
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Carbon Removal and Transportation

Over the past several decades, gas stations have remained largely immune to the disruption that has radically altered other industries. But as climate change continues to increase, the imperative for innovation at the pump will start to increase significantly.[read more]

Keystone XL Pipeline Veto: Right Decision at the Right Time

February 27, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Obama and the Keystone Veto

We don't need Congress to be a pipeline permitting agency. And, there's a good process in place that lets president decide whether transboundary energy projects are in the national interest. The Keystone pipeline has repeatedly been shown to be dangerous to our water, communities, and climate.[read more]

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Obama's Keystone Veto Message: "If You've Got a Business, You Can't Build That Infrastructure Project"

February 26, 2015 by John Miller
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Obama and the Keystone Veto

 

President Barack Obama has vetoed a bipartisan Congressional piece of legislation that aims to finally approve the Keystone XL pipeline project at the Federal level. Why does the President continue to block and delay this energy project’s permit decision?[read more]

Natural Gas Heavy Duty Trucking Fleet Could Benefit US Economy, but Not Climate

February 24, 2015 by Amy Myers Jaffe
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While the economy benefits from falling fuel prices, policy makers should consider ways to shield the benefits of a healthy natural gas sector from the fallout from the OPEC price war. One way to help natural gas producers beat OPEC would be to nurture natural gas as a fuel for the trucking fleet.[read more]

The Growing Risk of Transporting Crude Oil by Rail

February 24, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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Crude Oil Rail Risk

By now you have probably heard that a CSX train carrying Bakken crude from North Dakota’s shale oil fields derailed and caught fire. While the cause is still under investigation, the train was carrying 109 tankers of crude oil. 26 of the cars left the tracks, and several caught fire.[read more]

The Job Creation Shuffle

February 18, 2015 by Severin Borenstein
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Energy and Employment

Renewable energy proponents and advocates of the Keystone pipeline finally agree that the right way to count “job creation” is to focus narrowly on the jobs in the industry they want to boost and ignore the overall impact on employment. But researchers who actually study employment are not on board.[read more]

EU 'Fuel Quality Directive Should be Extended After 2020,' Leading Lawmaker Underlines [VIDEO]

February 18, 2015 by Kasper Peters
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EU Fuel Standards and Directives

Leading environment journalist Sonja van Renssen is joined by Finnish MEP Nils Torvalds (ALDE), rapporteur on Indirect Land-Use Change (ILUC) for the European Parliament to talk about the position of transport in the EU 2030 climate and energy policy.[read more]

Global Supply Chains Face Serious Climate Change Risk

February 17, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Supply Chain Climate Risk

 

Global supply chains could be headed for big trouble. “Marginal or no improvements”, tantamount to a lack of preparation, leave supply chains in the US, China, India and Brazil more exposed to climate risks than those in France, the UK and Japan, finds a new global study from CDP and Accenture.[read more]

Oil Price Crash Shows the Challenge of Breaking Addiction

January 21, 2015 by Severin Borenstein
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Oil Addiction and Price Collapse

The price of crude oil has fallen more than 50% since summer and drivers are responding exactly as economists would predict. Americans are driving more, the market for SUVs is roaring again and the average fuel economy of new cars sold is declining after years of increases.[read more]

5 Reasons Why Low Oil Prices are Good for the Environment

January 21, 2015 by Assaad W. Razzouk
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Oil Price Collapse and Environmental Impacts

Our binge on fossil fuels is partly driven by gigantic subsidies. Low oil prices allow these to be tackled without a material impact on consumer (read voter) pockets. This is a chance to throw out fossil fuel subsidies, and bring in a robust carbon price.[read more]