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Why do electric cars exist? Buyer demand? Legislation? Or VW?

Why do electric cars exist? Buyer demand? Legislation? Or VW?

Owners love them, but modern electric cars have not made a large dent in sales of internal-combustion cars since becoming widely available five years ago. In fact, but for a few exceptions, electric cars essentially wouldn't exist without legislation aimed at lowering transportation-related carbon... read more

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U.S. states agreed to keep Exxon climate-deception probe secret: here's why

As far back as the 1970s, Exxon conducted research that confirmed the occurrence of climate change—and that burning fossil fuels is a major contributor to it. But the... read more August 14, 2016 by

Oil well (photo by John Hill)

Ending $4 billion U.S. oil, gas drilling subsidies would have low impact: study

U.S. subsidies to the oil and gas industries are often a flashpoint among electric-car advocates and environmentalists. They see a conflict in the government providing... read more August 10, 2016 by

Oil well (photo by John Hill)

Wealthy nations on fossil-fuel subsidies: we'll end them...later

The world's wealthiest nations have not yet been able to commit to end subsidies to the fossil-fuel industry, even in the face of growing alarm over climate change. Members... read more July 5, 2016 by

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Bankruptcy shows scope of Peabody Coal's climate denial lobbying

These are tough times for the coal industry. Coal plants are being retired at an increasing rate in North America and Europe, replaced by a combination of natural-gas and... read more June 15, 2016 by

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What is a carbon tax and how would it work? A primer

One new policy measure that could get companies to cut their carbon emissions is to put a price on those emissions. Such a "carbon tax" is enthusiastically supported by many... read more May 11, 2016 by

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Peabody, world's largest private coal company, files for bankruptcy

Peabody Energy—the world's largest private coal company—filed for bankruptcy this week. The company cited a variety of factors, including lower-than-expected... read more April 15, 2016 by

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Electric Car Pledge: is carbon the right reason to get buyers to switch?

Buyers have many different reasons for choosing a plug-in electric car. Creating marketing campaigns that address all of them has bedeviled highly-paid professionals for five... read more March 31, 2016 by

NASA's famous 'Blue marble' image of Earth (Wikimedia commons)

Effects Of Climate Change Could Last 10,000 Years Or More: Scientists

Compared to the lifespan of Planet Earth, human beings have burned fossil fuels for only an extremely brief period of time. But science has shown that continuing to do so on... read more February 11, 2016 by

President Barack Obama sits in 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car at Detroit Auto Show, Jan 2016

Obama Proposes $10 Per Barrel Tax On Oil To Fund U.S. Transportation Needs

You have to give the man credit for vision. U.S. president Barack Obama will propose a tax of $10 per barrel on oil in the 2017 budget he will submit to Congress next week... read more February 5, 2016 by

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Cars Vs. Planes: Which Emits More Carbon? (Which Sins Worse?)

Eco-activists often indict air travel as a carbon-spewing threat to the global climate. Worldwide, commercial jets pour an estimated 700 million tons of carbon dioxide into... read more December 26, 2015 by

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at Motor Trend 'Car of the Year' ceremony in New York City, Nov 2012

Elon Musk On Climate: Tax Carbon Appropriately, Tesla Founder Says (Full Transcript, Video)

The COP21 climate summit in Paris is now in its second week. Presentations, conferences, trade shows, and probably thousands of individual meetings are being held among... read more December 8, 2015 by

2016 Nissan Leaf, Chevy Bolt EV at Drive Electric Week event, Los Angeles [photo: Zan Dubin Scott]

Every New Car Emission-Free By 2050? 'ZEV Alliance' Plans To Make It So

As the United Nations COP21 climate-change talks continue in Paris, a group of local and national governments plans drastic reductions in vehicle emissions over the next 35... read more December 7, 2015 by

Bill Gates

Bill Gates, Other Billionaires Invest To Advance Clean Energy

This week, representatives from world governments are meeting in Paris for the much-anticipated United Nations summit on climate change. Ahead of those talks--which are... read more December 1, 2015 by

Smog in Hong Kong [Image by Flickr user inkelv1122]

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... read more November 17, 2015 by

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

Why Exxon Is Attacking The Media Over Climate Change Research

Beginning in the 1970s, Exxon conducted research that confirmed the occurrence of climate change, and that the burning of fossil fuels is a major contributor to it. But--at... read more November 12, 2015 by


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