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Ohio Turns Its Back, Thumbs Its Nose At Energy Efficiency

Ohio Turns Its Back, Thumbs Its Nose At Energy Efficiency

This past Friday the 13th proved to be particularly unlucky for renewable-energy advocates in Ohio. That was the day the state legislature passed SB 310, a bill to halt the expansion of Ohio's energy-efficiency resource standard, which encourages the use of renewable energy. Ohio governor John... read more

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First 2011 Chevrolet Volt built on production tooling at Detroit Hamtramck plant, March 31, 2010

As Gas Mileage Rises, Energy To Make Cars Gets More Important

As vehicles all over the world slowly get more fuel-efficient, the energy required to make them--and their thousands of parts--is coming to represent a higher proportion of... read more March 16, 2014 by 


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Electric Cars & Solar: Will They Make Gasoline & Utilities Obsolete?

These are interesting times in the automotive and electric-utility businesses. While the reasons are different, it turns out they may intersect. It's been quietly discussed... read more January 23, 2014 by 


 
Oil well (photo by John Hill)

U.S. Demand For Oil Rose 4-5 Percent In 2013, Startling Analysts

With increasing energy efficiency in cars, homes, and industry, plus a surge in domestic natural-gas production, U.S. demand for oil is widely said to have tapered off and in... read more January 23, 2014 by 


 
Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

Pricing Carbon Emissions? Bring It On, Say Some Large Companies

It seems many large companies are willing to pay a price for their emissions. A new report by environmental data company CDP found that at least 29 companies--including the... read more December 6, 2013 by 


 
Two BNSF locomotives hauling coal trains meet near Wichita Falls, Texas

TVA To Cut Coal Use For Energy Generation By Half

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) plans to significantly reduce its use of coal for energy generation. The TVA will shut down eight electricity-generating units that... read more November 19, 2013 by 


 
Natural gas flaring from oil well [licensed under Creative Commons from Flickr user Sirdle]

Why North Dakota Is Like Iran, Iraq, Nigeria & Russia: Wasted Natural Gas

What does North Dakota have in common with Iran? If North Dakota were a country, it would rank fifth behind Russia, Nigeria, Iran, and Iraq on the list of worst natural-gas... read more October 23, 2013 by 


 
2013 Honda Fit EV drive event, Pasadena, CA, June 2012

The Five Greenest, Most Energy-Efficient Cars of 2013

What cars available in dealers today make the most efficient use of energy? The answer turns out to be four battery-electric vehicles and one plug-in hybrid. Gasoline and... read more August 19, 2013 by 


 
2000 Chevrolet Silverado used car

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Average Vehicle Now 11.4 Years Old, Oldest Since WW2

How old is your car? Are you still driving a mid- or late-Nineties model, or maybe one (like us) from model year 2000? You're not alone. The cars on U.S. roads have continued... read more August 8, 2013 by  39


 
Electric cars at charging stations and Tesla SuperCharger stations in Gilroy, CA [photo: Jack Brown]

Green Car Glossary: Vehicles, Drivetrains, Emissions, Fuels, Energy

As gasoline prices go up, acronyms like EREV, CNG, and MPGe are becoming more and more common. Ever wonder what they all mean? Here's your chance to enter a veritable... read more June 25, 2013 by  24


 
2012 Zero S electric motorcycle and 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car [photo: Ben Rich]

Got An Energy-Efficient Household? Drive Electric For Free!

Among the first questions any electric car owner hears are (1) What is the range? (2) How long does it take to charge and (3) What does it cost to operate? Many drops of ink... read more April 16, 2013 by  17


 
Offshore Oil Rig

Oil And Energy: Bountiful Or Dwindling? Experts Argue

Love or hate it, oil is an incredibly useful product. Used to create everything from plastics to pharmaceuticals--and of course, fuel for transportation--its environmental... read more January 21, 2013 by  9


 
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model

Electric Cars: Are They Really A Dire Emissions Threat?

This seems to be our time for debunking dumb stories about plug-in electric cars. First, we had to educate a Forbes columnist (and oil-industry consultant) about how the auto... read more November 8, 2012 by  39


 
2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco Quick Drive and Live Photos

Active Shutter Grille Vents: How They Help Improve MPG

Over the past few years, more automakers than ever have started to promote something called active shutter grille vents. Essentially a way to boost fuel economy at higher... read more October 8, 2012 by  11


 
BMW i3 Concept MkII

BMW Experimenting With Infrared Heating For Electric Cars

Just how do you keep occupants of an electric car warm? That’s the question that automakers have been tackling for many years, as they bring mass-produced plug-in cars... read more September 19, 2012 by  9


 
2011 Toyota Prius

Five Reasons Buying a Hybrid Prius Won't Save the Planet

The 2012 Toyota Prius gets the best EPA-rated gas mileage--50 miles per gallon combined--of any non-plug-in car sold in the U.S. But the Prius hybrid sometimes gets a bad... read more August 9, 2012 by  102


 
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