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Even More Coal-Fired Power Plants To Be Retired Under Proposed EPA Rules

Even More Coal-Fired Power Plants To Be Retired Under Proposed EPA Rules

Among currently used methods for generating electricity, coal is by far the dirtiest. But--in the U.S., at least--it's also on the decline as an energy source. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) now predicts that coal's share of U.S. electricity generation will decline from 44 percent... read more

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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 


 
2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive  -  First Drive, May 2014

Mercedes B-Class Electric Car Cuts Lifetime Carbon Emissions Up To 64 Percent

The environmental impact of plug-in electric cars continues to be the subject of significant discussion and debate among those less familiar with the technology and its... read more December 18, 2014 by 


 
Diesel taxis in London (Image by Flickr user Lars Ploughmann, used under CC license)

Further Crackdowns On Diesel Emissions Only A Matter Of Time?

Both the U.S. and Europe have implemented tighter emissions or fuel-economy standards for gasoline-powered vehicles, but Europe's legion of diesel cars and trucks may get... read more October 15, 2014 by 


 
Gas pump

Lower-Carbon Gasoline In CA: Don't Believe Gas-Price Scare Tactics, Says UCS

When it comes to green transportation policies, California leads the way. The state has enacted numerous policies to cut transportation-related emissions, improve energy... read more October 1, 2014 by 


 
Oil field (Image: Flickr user johnny choura, used under CC license)

Rockefeller Oil Heirs Will Divest Fossil-Fuel Stocks From Family Funds

A name synonymous with oil wealth for more than a century is now abandoning it. John D. Rockefeller built a vast fortune with Standard Oil, but his heirs are turning away... read more September 25, 2014 by 


 
Oil field (Image: Flickr user johnny choura, used under CC license)

BP: 53.3 Years Of Oil Left At Current Production Rate

"Nobody knows or can know how much oil exists under the earth's surface or how much it will be possible to produce in the future." That's how BP starts its website page... read more July 7, 2014 by 


 
New York City skyline

Want To Cut Heat In The City? Paint The Roads White

It's fair to say we don't give roads much thought unless they're doing something wrong. You certainly notice them when you run over a pothole, for example. But what about... read more June 6, 2014 by 


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

EPA's Coal-Plant Emissions Rules: This Will Be The Big Fight

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce new regulations to cut the carbon emissions of more than 600 existing coal-fired electric power... read more June 2, 2014 by 


 
Frame from 2014 Cadillac ELR video on YouTube, with actor Neil McDonough

'Tree Huggers Don't Buy Luxury Cars,' Says Cadillac Exec On Electric Cars

So what IS a "tree hugger," anyway? According to a Cadillac executive quoted in The Detroit News a week ago, it's someone who never buys luxury cars. That phrase leaped out... read more April 22, 2014 by 


 
2014 Nissan Leaf

2014 Nissan Leaf Has Lowest Lifetime Carbon Footprint: Report

Which new vehicle sold today has the lowest overall carbon footprint over its lifetime? The answer, according to Automotive Science Group (via InsideEVs), turns out to be the... read more February 14, 2014 by 


 
1970s Los Angeles smog depicted in the Honda short film "Never Ending Race."

Honda Film: Controlling Air Pollution A 'Never-Ending Race'

The fight to improve air quality may not sound like fodder for a typical Hollywood blockbuster, but Honda has done its best to make the topic exciting. The latest short film... read more February 13, 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 


 
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 


 
RideNerd main screen with Toyota Prius and Ford C-Max Hybrid.

RideNerd Lets You Compare Environmental Impact Of Car Choices

When judging a car's "green"-ness, sometimes fuel economy isn't the whole story. The new website RideNerd lets car owners and shoppers compare the overall environmental... read more September 24, 2013 by 


 

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