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EPA gets 29,000 comments on proposed elimination of environmental rules

EPA gets 29,000 comments on proposed elimination of environmental rules

Much of the news out of Washington, D.C., these days has to do with the possibility of political scandal. But the wheels of government keep turning, and significant changes are happening at numerous agencies charged with missions as diverse as collecting intelligence, supporting education, and... read more

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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor strapped to a dyno

Trump budget slashes EPA emission testing, hits makers with higher fees

The prospect of ongoing operations as usual continues to darken for the Environmental Protection Agency. According to a detailed internal budget document published in the The... read more April 7, 2017 by


 
The White House, Washington, D.C.  [Creative Commons license by dcjohn]

Green groups gird for battle with White House: is it 'war'?

Last Wednesday, a broad coalition of environmental groups sued the Trump Administration over an executive order that lifted a moratorium on issuing new leases for coal mining... read more April 6, 2017 by


 
California Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols (via Twitter)

California reaffirms state emission, electric-car rules for 2025

The California Air Resources Board voted Friday to confirm its stricter emissions standards for 2025, setting up a potential clash with the Trump Administration. The CARB... read more March 27, 2017 by


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

E15 gasoline faces stronger headwinds as more states move to ban it

While political control in Washington has changed, the debate over a mandate to blend specific volumes of ethanol into the U.S. fuel supply has not. Since its passage in 2007... read more March 27, 2017 by


 
U.S. Capitol Building

Bill making it harder for scientists to sit on EPA Science Board advances

Since the election of Donald Trump, considerable attention has focused on how a candidate who campaigned on promoting fossil fuels would treat the Environmental Protection... read more March 21, 2017 by


 
New York City skyline (by Flickr user AngMoKio)

30 cities join to explore $10 billion electric-car purchase

While federal policies to reduce vehicular emissions of carbon dioxide are now back in the limelight, it's a different story on the state and local level. A group of 30 U.S... read more March 17, 2017 by


 
wind farm

Bipartisan governors' group urges Trump to back solar, wind power

The new presidential administration seems poised to take a radically different approach to energy policy than its predecessor. That approach is founded on denial of accepted... read more March 15, 2017 by


 
BMW M3 M Performance exhaust

EPA's internal watchdog to check vulnerability to emission cheating

Even with a new leader apparently at odds with its mission, the Environmental Protection Agency continues to function on some level. On Thursday, EPA administrator Scott... read more March 10, 2017 by


 
Tesla gigafactory, March 2016, shown in drone footage posted to YouTube by Above Reno

Nevada treasurer, Faraday's nemesis, turns eye toward Tesla tax-credit transfer

The state of Nevada has been fairly generous to startup electric-car makers that pledge to establish manufacturing operations within its borders. After offering a generous... read more March 9, 2017 by


 
Smog obscures George Washington Bridge, 1973 [From EPA Documerica series]

Trump budget to slash EPA funds, ax staff, kill climate-change plans: reports

Imagine appointing a lifelong pacifist, who believes it is never justifiable to take up arms against any man, to run the U.S. armed forces. The appointment of Scott Pruitt as... read more March 7, 2017 by


 
2017 Nissan Leaf

New York state electric-car rebate program to launch this month

New York state has finally issued details on its effort to step up its efforts to promote electric cars. The Empire State is one of eight so-called "ZEV states" that have... read more March 6, 2017 by


 
Smog obscures George Washington Bridge, 1973 [From EPA Documerica series]

Photos reveal how polluted the U.S. was before EPA was founded

It can be argued that the current presidential administration appears to lack interest in the traditional mission of the Environmental Protection Agency. As a candidate... read more March 3, 2017 by


 
Record-breaking electric-car parade in Cupertino, California. Photo courtesy of Plug In America.

California local governments share how to prepare for electric cars

California leads the way when it comes to electric-car adoption in the U.S. That's due in large part to a zero-emission vehicle mandate that requires the largest-volume... read more February 27, 2017 by


 
2017 Nissan Leaf

State fees, penalties on electric cars proliferate this year

Several different states have continued to propose new fees for electric-car owners as a way to pay for road repairs. The fees are typically meant as a substitute for the... read more February 21, 2017 by


 
The White House, Washington, D.C.  [Creative Commons license by dcjohn]

Auto industry split over halting, changing fuel-economy rules

Just days after the presidential election, automaker lobbyists urged Donald Trump to loosen pending emissions and fuel-economy standards. Shortly after the election, a... read more February 17, 2017 by


 

 
 

 
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