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New Study Doesn't Say 'Electric Cars Aren't Green' (Headlines To The Contrary)

New Study Doesn't Say 'Electric Cars Aren't Green' (Headlines To The Contrary)

Brace yourself, electric-car fans and advocates. It may be a bumpy ride for the next few days. Yesterday afternoon, the Associated Press covered a new study put out by the University of Minnesota that calculates the environmental impact of manufacturing and refueling vehicles with various... read more

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Pickup truck "rolling coal"

Time Running Out, Global Carbon Emission Must Fall To Zero: UN Panel

While mankind has been pumping carbon into the atmosphere since the discovery of fire, the modern era of carbon emissions began roughly 250 years ago. Now a new report by... read more November 10, 2014 by 


 
Oil field (Image: Flickr user johnny choura, used under CC license)

Rockefeller Oil Heirs Will Divest Fossil-Fuel Stocks From Family Funds

A name synonymous with oil wealth for more than a century is now abandoning it. John D. Rockefeller built a vast fortune with Standard Oil, but his heirs are turning away... read more September 25, 2014 by 


 
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1.2 Billion Vehicles On World's Roads Now, 2 Billion By 2035: Report

Calculating the total number of motor vehicles on the planet is an inexact science, but the number is growing rapidly. The automotive trade journal Ward's Auto had estimated... read more July 29, 2014 by 


 
Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

Do New EPA Emission Rules Just Hasten Coal's Inevitable Death?

Take a deep breath and relax. It is highly unlikely that "millions of Americans will be freezing in the dark" (in the words of a critic) once new EPA rules lowering carbon... read more June 8, 2014 by 


 
2016 Fiat 500X prototype body shell in assembly plant in Melfi, Italy

Cost Of New EPA Carbon Limits? About $7 Per Car: Report

Every time a new environmental regulation is proposed in the United States, there's a predictable chorus of doom-and-gloom predictions that it will kill jobs, cause... read more June 6, 2014 by 


 
Two BNSF locomotives hauling coal trains meet near Wichita Falls, Texas

EPA's Coal-Plant Emissions Rules: This Will Be The Big Fight

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce new regulations to cut the carbon emissions of more than 600 existing coal-fired electric power... read more June 2, 2014 by 


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

Atmospheric Carbon Is Higher, Faster, This Year Than Last

While stricter emissions standards for cars are slowly starting to take effect, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere continues to rise. Levels of atmospheric carbon... read more May 5, 2014 by 


 
2012, 2013, and 2014 Toyota Prius

Toyota's Texas Move: Prius Maker Lands In Highest-Carbon State (Updated)

Toyota announced yesterday that it would relocate the headquarters of its U.S. arm from Torrance, California, to Plano, Texas. Left unaddressed in the announcement was the... read more April 29, 2014 by 


 
2011 GMC Canyon 2WD Reg Cab 111.2" SLE1 Air Vents

'Super Greenhouse Gas' Emissions From Air Conditioning A Climate Concern

When it comes to the environmental impact of cars, all the attention tends to be focused on the gasoline, diesel, or electricity that powers them. But to understand how cars... read more April 7, 2014 by 


 
Beijing smog

Even In China, Coal Consumption May Be Peaking

While use of coal for generating electricity has started to decline in the U.S., China continues to build coal power plants. With public anger at filthy air bubbling below... read more March 27, 2014 by 


 
Two BNSF locomotives hauling coal trains meet near Wichita Falls, Texas

Proposal: Buy Out, Shut Down U.S. Coal Industry For $50 Billion

Give Felix Kramer credit for thinking big. Twelve years ago, he and others founded CalCars, a group dedicated to promoting plug-in hybrid vehicles with large battery... read more March 12, 2014 by 


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Electric Cars & Solar: Will They Make Gasoline & Utilities Obsolete?

These are interesting times in the automotive and electric-utility businesses. While the reasons are different, it turns out they may intersect. It's been quietly discussed... read more January 23, 2014 by 


 
Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

Pricing Carbon Emissions? Bring It On, Say Some Large Companies

It seems many large companies are willing to pay a price for their emissions. A new report by environmental data company CDP found that at least 29 companies--including the... read more December 6, 2013 by 


 
Two BNSF locomotives hauling coal trains meet near Wichita Falls, Texas

TVA To Cut Coal Use For Energy Generation By Half

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) plans to significantly reduce its use of coal for energy generation. The TVA will shut down eight electricity-generating units that... read more November 19, 2013 by 


 
Power station - Image by Flickr user MacJewell, used under Creative Commons license

Blood And Gore: Coal Is Becoming A Stranded Asset

In case you hadn't noticed, it's Halloween. So how could we not comment on an article whose byline reads Gore and Blood? Their topic may be slightly esoteric, but it has big... read more October 31, 2013 by 


 
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