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When Will We Start To See 'Tailpipes' On Cars As Morally Wrong?

When Will We Start To See 'Tailpipes' On Cars As Morally Wrong?

The economists call them "externalities." They're the costs of people's actions on other people or communities--but the people taking those actions don't have to pay for those costs, even though they harm others. And the emissions from combusting fossil fuels are clearly a prime example. DON'T... read more

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Audi sustainability chief Reiner Mangold and German Education Minister Dr. Johanna Wanka

Diesel Fuel From Air: Neat Idea, Very Inefficient Use Of Energy

It sounds like an intriguing idea: Make diesel fuel from air rather than fossil-fuel petroleum. Better yet, make it from carbon dioxide--the greenhouse gas whose... read more September 4, 2015 by 

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

Big Coal Doomed: Not By Climate Rules But Fracking & Finance

Coal is the worst fossil fuel, that much is clear. Its carbon footprint per kilowatt-hour of electricity when it's burned by electric utilities to make electricity is far... read more August 11, 2015 by 

Coal, by Flicker user oatsy40 (Used Under CC License)

Final EPA Power-Plant Rules: Far More Impact On Coal States

The completed rules issued this week by the EPA to limit carbon emissions from power plants run 1,560 pages--nighttime reading only for policy wonks. But the agency's final... read more August 7, 2015 by 

Oslo street scene: Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen e-Golf, Tesla Model S, July 2015

Norway's Goal: All New Cars Will Be Emission-Free By 2025 To Cut Carbon

With yesterday's release of final EPA rules for reducing carbon emissions from power plants, the stage is set for a major battle over how--and even whether--any carbon... read more August 4, 2015 by 

Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

EPA Issues Final Clean Power Plan Rules; Now The Fight Begins

After much discussion, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its first-ever standards for carbon emissions from power plants. Under the newly-finalized... read more August 4, 2015 by 

Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Lack Of Innovation Could Doom Battle To Trim Carbon Emissions

Representatives of world governments will meet in Paris this December to discuss a global strategy for combating climate change. But the outlook doesn't appear promising... read more July 28, 2015 by 

Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California

California Approves Aggressive New Plans To Combat Climate Change

California continues to lead the way in all things green, now with new legislation that calls for dramatic cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions over the next few decades. Bills... read more June 5, 2015 by 

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

IMF: Fossil Fuels Subsidies Are $5.3 Trillion A Year If Climate Costs Included

Climate change doesn't just present an environmental threat to human populations, it also has a tangible economic impact. Governments must invest in measures to combat... read more May 21, 2015 by 

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Cross-Border Carbon: Mexico Sets Limit On Climate-Change Emissions

Mexico is officially joining the cadre of nations seeking to limit climate change, with a formal promise to cut its greenhouse-gas emissions. The country is one of the first... read more April 13, 2015 by 

Coal, by Flicker user oatsy40 (Used Under CC License)

What Future For Coal In The U.S.: Slow Decline Or Faster Retreat?

Coal is the largest source of carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions produced by generating electricity, but that doesn't mean it will go away any time soon. While coal's... read more April 7, 2015 by 

Georgetown, Texas, by Flickr user Matt Turner (Used under CC License)

Georgetown, Texas: Far From Green, But 100 Percent Renewable Energy--Why?

While the politics of climate change remain contentious in the U.S.--if not in much of the rest of the developed world--that doesn't have to hold up the growth of... read more April 4, 2015 by 

'Under the Dome' screencap

UPDATE: 'Under The Dome' Video: China's 'Silent Spring' Air-Pollution Wakeup

The 1962 book Silent Spring and the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth were invaluable in raising awareness of the dangers to human life posed by environmental... read more March 11, 2015 by 

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Growing Corporate Power Counters Climate-Change Action, So Reframe Debate, Book Suggests

It's no secret that environmental demands and regulations pose an inconvenience for large corporations--but what if the problem is more fundamental than that? Beyond... read more February 23, 2015 by 

Angry Driver with Road Rage

Top 5 Ways To Get Flamed, Moderated, Or Banned In Comments On Green Car Reports

Remember when your parents sat you down to have a little chat about how you should behave? It may be time for us to have one of those chats with a small fraction of our... read more February 21, 2015 by 

Screenshot from "Breaking Up With Fossil Fuels Is Hard To Do," video: Environmental Policy Alliance

Adorable, Helpful Fossil Fuels Are Your Loving Girlfriend--Don't Betray Her: Video

The Soviets used to call it agitprop--various forms of media and art with an explicitly political message--but now it's paid for by large corporations, to backstop their... read more February 16, 2015 by 


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