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

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 emissions from power plants go into effect. In fact, some analyses suggest that the rules issued last week by the U.S... read more

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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 


 
Power plant

The Next Big Emissions Battle Is Not Cars; It's About Coal

The rules for vehicle gas mileage are pretty much locked down from now through 2025. The math is complicated, but vehicles in 2025 will have to reach a fleet-wide average of... read more October 8, 2013 by 


 
World Greenhouse-Gas Emissions Flow Chart 2010 [source: Ecofys + ANS Bank]

Greenhouse Gases & Where They Really Come From: Infographic

We love data. And we love simple but informative graphic presentations of complex data even more. Which leads us to today's infographic, a presentation of the sources and... read more June 25, 2013 by  10


 
2011 Toyota Prius

Five Reasons Buying a Hybrid Prius Won't Save the Planet

The 2012 Toyota Prius gets the best EPA-rated gas mileage--50 miles per gallon combined--of any non-plug-in car sold in the U.S. But the Prius hybrid sometimes gets a bad... read more August 9, 2012 by  102


 
Scout the dog, rescued by Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption, Accord, NY; photo: Jay Blotcher

Want To Clean Up The Planet? Spay Your Pet, THEN Buy a Prius

Cutting carbon emissions is complex. And there are a lot of myths and misinformation out there. The effective impact of some actions--reusing your grocery bags, for... read more April 5, 2011 by  1


 
What's a Few Hundred Condoms Between Friends? by Flickr user xmasons

Can Condoms Curb Climate Change Cheaper Than Low-Carbon Cars?

The Frankfurt Auto Show just wound up today, and most of the concept cars focus on lowering carbon dioxide emissions. Volkswagen, for instance, launched a two-seat "1-Liter"... read more March 28, 2011 by  22


 
wind farm

Researchers: 100 Percent Green Energy Possible By 2050

We approach energy policy with care here, since GreenCarReports is largely about ... well, cars. But a recent article claims it could take just 40 years to convert the bulk... read more February 16, 2011 by  27


 
50 Kw Leaf Charger

Report: Electric Cars Best Way To Reduce U.S. Oil Dependancy

We like it when a study confirms a common-held belief. And for hundreds of would-be electric car owners across the U.S. a recent study has done just that. Years into the... read more September 28, 2010 by  2


 
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