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Rising Gas Mileage Means Cars & Trucks Use Less Of U.S. Transportation Energy

Rising Gas Mileage Means Cars & Trucks Use Less Of U.S. Transportation Energy

The efficiency of cars and trucks gets plenty of attention, but they compromise only one piece of the U.S. transportation puzzle. So how do light-duty vehicles compare to aircraft, trains, ships, and other modes of transportation? According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration... read more

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Oil well (photo by John Hill)

Keystone Pipeline Fight: Insignificant 'Sideshow' To EPA Power-Plant Limits?

In the ongoing battles over renewable versus hydrocarbon energy--and the associated public policies, advocacy, and media coverage--the Keystone XL Pipeline has emerged as a... read more April 25, 2014 by 


 
FlexFuel badge on E85-capable 2009 Chevrolet HHR

E85 By The Numbers: One Station In 50 For One Car In 20

Back in 2007, ethanol was viewed as a way to cut gasoline consumption and U.S. dependence on foreign oil. It was then seen as such a panacea that Congress enacted volume... read more March 12, 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

Could Congress Kill Ethanol Mandate Altogether In 2014?

Ethanol has been a key component of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard since the 2007 passage of the Energy Security and Independence Act. Now, there appears to be a chance... read more December 30, 2013 by 


 
GM E85 presentation

Ethanol A Victim Of Change As Gasoline Sales Have Flatlined?

Eight years ago, ethanol was going to let the U.S. grow its own vehicle fuel, reduce its use of gasoline made from imported oil, and boost energy security. How much have you... read more December 11, 2013 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 


 
Power station - Image by Flickr user MacJewell, used under Creative Commons license

Blood And Gore: Coal Is Becoming A Stranded Asset

In case you hadn't noticed, it's Halloween. So how could we not comment on an article whose byline reads Gore and Blood? Their topic may be slightly esoteric, but it has big... read more October 31, 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 


 
Power plant

The Next Big Emissions Battle Is Not Cars; It's About Coal

The rules for vehicle gas mileage are pretty much locked down from now through 2025. The math is complicated, but vehicles in 2025 will have to reach a fleet-wide average of... read more October 8, 2013 by 


 
2013 Scion iQ EV hits the U.S.

Toyota: No More Plug-In Electric Cars If Electricity Doesn't Get Cleaner (In Europe)?

European buyers waiting for an electric Toyota may have quite some time to wait--until the electric grid cleans up, basically. That's the word from Toyota Europe, which says... read more June 11, 2013 by  25


 
Old Gas Pumps

The Gas Tax System is Broken; Are Electric Cars At Fault?

In the face of plummeting gas-tax revenues, both state and Federal, electric cars seem to be emerging as a culprit and a target. Before we discuss how to fix this ... first... read more May 9, 2013 by  36


 
President Obama inspects the 2011 Chevrolet Volt

Obama: Use Oil & Gas Lease Dollars To Fund Gasoline-Free Cars

The sequester is now with us, and Congress has lower approval ratings than South American death squads, but President Obama is doggedly pursuing his green agenda nonetheless... read more March 15, 2013 by  12


 
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV prototype, Sausalito, CA, Nov 2012

GM Working On 200-Mile Electric Car, Says CEO Akerson

Last summer he dropped a hint that it might be possible. Now Dan Akerson has confirmed it: GM is working on an electric car with a 200-mile range, according to its CEO. The... read more March 7, 2013 by  23


 
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


 
2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas, El Segundo, CA, Nov 2011

State Governors Ask For Natural-Gas Cars, Industry Listens

Last week, governors of more than 20 states joined together to ask the auto industry for a specific kind of car: a mid-size sedan powered by natural gas, rather than... read more August 10, 2012 by  7


 
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