EPA Will 'Up Its Game' With New Tests For Emissions Cheating

EPA Will 'Up Its Game' With New Tests For Emissions Cheating

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will develop better ways to detect cheating on emissions testing in the wake of the Volkswagen diesel scandal, the agency's chief says. It hopes to avoid future cases like this, in which Volkswagen installed special software that allowed cars to... read more

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2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen 4-door DSG TDI Grille

VW: 11 Million Diesels Had Cheating Software, $7.3 Billion Set Aside; Criminal Probe Reported

Volkswagen AG said today it would adjust its third-quarter earnings to set aside $7.3 billion (€6.5 billion) for costs related to its admission that it used software to... read more September 22, 2015 by 

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

VW Diesel Emissions Recall: What You Need To Know In 10 Questions

The news that Volkswagen had deliberately circumvented U.S. EPA emissions laws on its so-called "clean diesel" models from 2009 to 2015 hit the automotive world like a... read more September 21, 2015 by 

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

VW, Audi TDI Diesel Cars Had 'Defeat Device' That Violated EPA Rules, 500K Cars Recalled: BREAKING

The announcement came out of the blue: "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a media call at 12 noon EST today, Friday, September 18, to make an announcement... read more September 18, 2015 by 

Chrysler Pentastar V-6

Chrysler Upgrades Pentastar V-6 For Fuel Efficiency; Lack Of Direct Injection A Hint Of Future EPA Rules?

Automotive engineers are very good at incremental improvements to existing technologies, and that skill will be much tested in meeting increasingly stiff fuel-economy rules... read more September 10, 2015 by 

2014 Peterbilt 579

Fleet Operators Favor New Rules For Fuel-Efficient Big Trucks

As carmakers labor to meet tougher Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for 2025, Federal regulators have turned their attention to commercial vehicles. The U.S... read more August 17, 2015 by 

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Big Coal Doomed: Not By Climate Rules But Fracking & Finance

Coal is the worst fossil fuel, that much is clear. Its carbon footprint per kilowatt-hour of electricity when it's burned by electric utilities to make electricity is far... read more August 11, 2015 by 

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Final EPA Power-Plant Rules: Far More Impact On Coal States

The completed rules issued this week by the EPA to limit carbon emissions from power plants run 1,560 pages--nighttime reading only for policy wonks. But the agency's final... read more August 7, 2015 by 

Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

EPA Issues Final Clean Power Plan Rules; Now The Fight Begins

After much discussion, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its first-ever standards for carbon emissions from power plants. Under the newly-finalized... read more August 4, 2015 by 

Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

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... read more July 24, 2015 by 

EPA gas-mileage label (window sticker), design used starting in model year 2013

Drivers Say Fuel Economy Better Than EPA Ratings; Discrepancies Matter, Though

When it comes to fuel economy, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ratings printed on window stickers are the holy writ for U.S. new-car buyers. But those ratings come... read more June 24, 2015 by 

Daimler Trucks North America SuperTruck

Proposed 2021 Fuel Economy Rules For Heavy-Duty Trucks, Buses Released

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released proposed standards that would further boost the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses, starting in the 2021... read more June 22, 2015 by 

Non-ethanol gasoline pump

Bills To Kill Renewable Fuel Law, Ban E15 Ethanol Fuel Likely Doomed

The addition of ethanol to gasoline has now been a political hot potato in the U.S. for more than a decade. Joined by cosponsors from both sides of the aisle, U.S... read more June 9, 2015 by 

Non-ethanol gasoline pump

EPA Proposes Lower Increases For Ethanol In Gasoline

In 2007, the Federal government created the Renewable Fuels Standard, requiring increased amounts of corn-based ethanol and advanced biofuels to be blended into the nation's... read more June 1, 2015 by 

'Diesel fuel only' caution on Audi Q7 TDI

Are 'Clean Diesels' Actually Not Nearly As Clean As Claimed?

The only region where diesel passenger cars sell in equal numbers to gasoline-powered vehicles is Europe. And until the advent this year of tougher Euro 6 emission standards... read more April 9, 2015 by 

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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... read more April 7, 2015 by 


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