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

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. According to the White House, its goal is to create "a clear incentive for private-sector innovation to reduce our reliance on... read more

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Senator: NHTSA Should Rescind Fuel-Economy Credits For Illegal VW Diesels

The revelation that Volkswagen installed illegal "defeat device" software on 482,000 diesel cars sold in the U.S. has some looking back on any benefits VW may have gained... read more November 17, 2015 by


 
U.S. Capitol Building

Senate Group Pushes EPA To Add More Biodiesel In Renewal Fuel Standard

Enthusiasm for alternative fuels has dropped considerably over the past few years. Despite a Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) mandating its use, ethanol isn't doing too well... read more July 27, 2015 by


 
Non-ethanol gasoline pump

Bills To Kill Renewable Fuel Law, Ban E15 Ethanol Fuel Likely Doomed

The addition of ethanol to gasoline has now been a political hot potato in the U.S. for more than a decade. Joined by cosponsors from both sides of the aisle, U.S... read more June 9, 2015 by


 
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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


 
Non-ethanol gasoline pump

Senate Bill Introduced To End Ethanol Mandate For Gasoline

A decade ago, the biofuel ethanol was viewed as one way to reduce the nation's consumption of oil for transportation fuel. In 2007, Congress approved the Renewable Fuels... read more February 27, 2015 by


 
2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, 2016 Toyota Mirai at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA

Tax Credit For Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles Expires As Congress Adjourns

Tax incentives have proven to be an important way to encourage adoption of new green vehicles, offsetting some of the typically-higher purchase costs compared to conventional... read more December 23, 2014 by


 
Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

EPA Power Plant Carbon Regulations Late, Hostile Congress Likely To Fight Them

The EPA regulations limiting the amount of carbon that can be emitted by existing powerplants may be the most crucial step forward in environmental policy made by the... read more December 22, 2014 by


 
MetLife electric-car charging station for employee use - Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Tax Breaks Back For Electric-Car Charging Stations, Natural-Gas Cars, Through End Of Year

It's the end of another Congressional session, which means that a budget extension bill has now been rushed through and is likely to be signed. Called The Tax Increase... read more December 19, 2014 by


 
First 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell delivered to lessee at Tustin Hyundai, June 2014

Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicle Tax Credit Expires This Month: Will It Be Renewed?

Financial and other incentives are widely viewed as a good way to kickstart the adoption of new green vehicles, largely to compensate for their higher prices against... read more December 3, 2014 by


 
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EPA Resets Ethanol Rules To Reflect Reality: Cellulosic Sources Don't Exist

For many months now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has faced a dilemma: What to do about its rules that millions of gallons of cellulosic ethanol be blended into... read more April 23, 2014 by


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

Flex-Fuel Vehicles And E85: Why Ethanol Isn't Making Its Numbers

When the U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act was passed in 2007, ethanol was viewed as a way to cut gasoline consumption and reduce dependence on foreign oil. Seven... read more February 20, 2014 by


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

U.S. Biofuels & Ethanol Mandate: More Vulnerable Than Ever Now?

Since 2007, U.S. fuel producers have been required by law to include more and more ethanol and other biofuels in their blends. Now, Pike Research suggests, the biofuels... read more March 13, 2013 by 12


 
U.S. Capitol

Green Energy Wins In Last-Minute U.S. 'Fiscal Cliff' Bill

It wasn't until 2 am yesterday morning that the U.S. Senate voted 89 to 8 to approve a bill to avert the "fiscal cliff" that took effect on New Year's Day. The House of... read more January 2, 2013 by 4


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt during IIHS crash testing

House Bill Demands Safety, Jobs Analysis Of Gas-Mileage Rules

Politics is at best a messy and adversarial process. Add in a presidential election and the currently polarized political mood, and anything at all done by government is... read more September 24, 2012 by 6


 
U.S. Capitol

Which Members Of Congress Drive Plug-In Electric Vehicles?

Last week, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that would allow the installation of electric-car charging stations in U.S. Capitol parking garages. That got us to... read more August 22, 2012 by 12


 

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