Bill Gates, Other Billionaires Invest To Advance Clean Energy

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 intended to create a global strategy for radically reducing carbon emissions--some of the world's richest people announced their... read more

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Saudi Arabia Plans Emission Cuts...That Don't Reduce Fossil-Fuel Use

Saudi Arabia may be one of the most oil-rich nations on the planet, but even this Middle Eastern country is planning to cut its carbon emissions. That's because as other... read more November 18, 2015 by 

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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 

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EPA Will Add On-Road Testing For Emissions Compliance

In the wake of the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will expand on-road emissions testing to all diesel vehicles. The... read more November 13, 2015 by 

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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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VW Gives Owners Of 2009-2015 2.0-Liter Diesel Cars Debit Cards, Roadside Assistance

Investigations by VW and numerous government agencies into the company's TDI diesel-emission cheating scandal are still underway, so there's not a lot Volkswagen can say... read more November 10, 2015 by 

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China Alone Now Burns Half The World's Coal, New Data Reveals

China now burns half of the world's coal, according to newly-released data that appears to correct previous government estimates. This latest data shows that China has been... read more November 10, 2015 by 

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE

'Clean Diesel' Is Dead Forever: Bob Lutz On VW's Culture Of Fear

Former General Motors product czar Bob Lutz has never been shy about sharing his opinions on the industry he's worked in for decades. So it's not surprising that he has a few... read more November 6, 2015 by 

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Audi, Porsche, VW Diesel Stop-Sale Orders: More Cars Than EPA Named

Although VW headquarters in Germany came out swinging against the U.S. EPA's contention that its 3.0-liter TDI diesel engines contained illegal emission software, Porsche's... read more November 5, 2015 by 

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More VW Emission 'Irregularities' As Investors Question Confrontation With EPA

Another day, another Volkswagen emission scandal? It's beginning to seem like it. The latest news is that VW Group in Germany has found "irregularities" in carbon-dioxide... read more November 4, 2015 by 

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VW Diesel V-6 Engines Used By Audi, Porsche Have Cheat Software Too: EPA

Sometimes there's no substitute for having a reporter right at a press event--with a smartphone. David Shepardson, D.C. bureau chief for The Detroit News, attended a press... read more November 2, 2015 by 

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EU Regulators Dilute New Emission Rules To Allow 2.1 Times The Legal Limits Until 2020

The official press release from the European Union sounds as though Wednesday's vote on new emission-testing rules makes it tougher for automakers to cheat as Volkswagen... read more October 30, 2015 by 

2013 Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion (European model), 2012 Paris Motor Show

U.S. Emission Tests Are Unrealistic, But European Testing Is Far Worse

The ongoing Volkswagen diesel-emissions scandal has, to say the least, exposed weaknesses in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) testing regime. VW was able to get... read more October 26, 2015 by 

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

Cars To Vanish From Downtown Oslo Before 2020

Norway has firmly established itself as the most friendly country in the world for electric cars. Cars with plugs account for a higher percentage of sales there than anywhere... read more October 26, 2015 by 

2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI

Will My Diesel Volkswagen Be Recalled? Check Your VIN On VW Website

Volkswagen customers can now find out if their diesel cars are involved in the still-unfolding emission-cheating sandal, using an online tool from the company's website. It's... read more October 21, 2015 by 

2013 Volkswagen Passat

VW Joins Chrysler With 'Dirtiest Tailpipe' After Diesel Scandal Revealed

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) releases a semi-regular report card on automakers, ranking each by the amount of carbon emissions produced by their vehicles. During... read more October 20, 2015 by 


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