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

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 deleterious environmental effects are well known, certain economic factors could ensure its continued role as fuel for... read more

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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


 
Ethanol infographic from coalition of livestock and poultry producers (crop)

Big Food Steps Up Fight Against Ethanol Mandate (Infographic)

Ethanol continues to be a political football, with the alcohol fuel coming under fire from the auto industry, environmental pressure groups, and others. The latest to line up... read more July 23, 2012 by  11


 
U.S. Capitol

Senate To Get Electric-Car Charging Stations (No Tax Dollars Used)

Electric-car charging stations may be coming to the U.S. Senate garage, under a bill passed yesterday on a bipartisan basis. But fear not, zealous guardians of the sacred... read more May 25, 2012 by  10


 
GM's military fuel cell fleet

Will U.S. Military's Biofuels Efforts Lose Funding In New Defense Bill?

Politics is never pretty, and the politics of alternative fuels seem even less so. Today, The Detroit News reports that the U.S. military's program to reduce its reliance on... read more May 24, 2012 by  1


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

Ethanol Goals Passed By Congress Cannot Be Met: New Study

Ethanol has been problematic for several years now. Promoted as a way for the U.S. to grow its own vehicle fuel, the alcohol was so popular several years ago that Congress... read more May 3, 2012 by  6


 
2012 Chevrolt Volt Gas Station Advert

House Hearing On NHTSA, Volt Battery Fire Starts Wednesday

Often, timing is everything. So Rep. Darryl Issa (R-CA) and his plans for Wednesday likely aren't helped by the NHTSA's decision last Friday to close its Volt battery-safety... read more January 23, 2012 by  4


 
Corn Ethanol Pump

Congress Actually Ends Taxpayer Funding Of Ethanol Subsidies

When the U.S. Congress adjourned for the holidays on Friday, December 23, its departure sealed the fate of subsidized ethanol production. During its session, the Congress did... read more December 27, 2011 by  17


 
Construction

Fuel Efficiency Hurts: Gas Tax Revenue Plummets, Roads Crumble

Cars with higher gas mileage pay less per mile in gasoline tax. And plug-in cars pay no gas tax at all. With far tougher fuel economy standards looming--34.1 mpg by 2016 and... read more November 14, 2011 by  2


 

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