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House approves bill to exempt self-driving cars from safety standards, overrule state laws

House approves bill to exempt self-driving cars from safety standards, overrule state laws

The United States House of Representatives has taken the first step towards allowing automakers and technology companies to deploy self-driving cars on public roads. A House panel passed a proposal that would allow automakers and other companies to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles... read more

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Donald Trump

Climate resistance grows; more states ally to flout Trump, commit to Paris accord (updated)

Thirteen states, at least 80 mayors, and more than 100 businesses will task themselves to meet ambitious climate-change goals—with or without federal participation. The... read more June 28, 2017 by


 
Chevrolet Bolt EV self-driving prototype

Electric-car noise rules to be canceled under Trump deregulation plan?

Modern electric cars have been on U.S. roads for seven years or so, and owners love their smooth, quiet, close to noise-free operation. That silence has been a bone of... read more June 26, 2017 by


 
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States have a battle plan if Trump rolls back fuel-economy, emission rules

The Trump Administration has had a challenging start on numerous fronts, but its work to slash emission rules and eliminate regulations continues. The EPA administrator... read more June 22, 2017 by


 
Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California

Trump EPA backs away from attacking California emission waiver

Sometime between March 1 and 7, a specific page vanished from the website of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Amidst coverage of the removal of the word "science"... read more June 19, 2017 by


 
Tesla owners & supporters gather in Statehouse in Austin to support company [photo: John Griswell]

Texas restores $2,500 electric-car purchase rebate, except for Teslas

Ah, Texas, the state that was formerly a nation and continues to do things slightly differently. Its politics is bare-knuckle, its hats are big, and so are its ranches. It... read more June 14, 2017 by


 
California state capitol, Sacramento

California joins Germany in climate coalition to support Paris pact

The 50 states that make up the U.S. don't get to set their own foreign policies (neither do Canadian provinces). But that doesn't necessarily prevent them from working with... read more June 13, 2017 by


 
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How much would relaxing U.S. fuel-economy rules matter? Poll results

One of the earliest acts of the Trump Administration was to announce that it would re-examine emission rules finalized by the EPA in the waning days of the Obama... read more June 13, 2017 by


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

Bill in NY legislature would let Tesla quadruple store locations in state

Tesla's five New York state stores could increase four-fold should a new piece of legislation pass the state legislature. The bill calls for an increase "certificates of... read more June 12, 2017 by


 
Donald Trump

Study Trump cited in Paris pullout speech can't be taken seriously

In his speech on Thursday announcing that the U.S. would pull out of the Paris climate treaty it signed last fall, President Donald Trump cited a number of statistics of the... read more June 5, 2017 by


 
'Revenge of the Electric Car' premiere: Elon Musk arrives in a Tesla Roadster

U.S. out of Paris pact, so Elon Musk off Trump business councils

Fulfilling a campaign pledge, President Donald Trump said yesterday that he will set in motion plans to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Pact that it joined last fall... read more June 2, 2017 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV pre-production vehicles at Orion Township Assembly Plant, March 2016

Fuel-efficiency rules create jobs too, contrary to industry plaints

Fuel economy and emission standards have been a contentious issue in recent months as the auto industry and government officials clash over regulations and their potential... read more May 31, 2017 by


 
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Bill to give more CAFE credits to light-truck makers introduced in Congress

Under the new administration of President Donald Trump, the EPA has reopened comments on its decision to finalize emission rules for 2022 through 2025 vehicles. Meanwhile... read more May 30, 2017 by


 
Donald Trump

Two words the Trump Administration can't say: climate change

During President Donald J. Trump's half-hour meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican yesterday, the pope gave the president a copy of his 2015 encyclical calling for urgent... read more May 25, 2017 by


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

Trump names vocal renewable-energy critic to oversee...renewable energy

While the news headlines on President Donald Trump mostly address potential scandals, his administration has also lagged significantly in appointing top-level officials to... read more May 22, 2017 by


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

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... read more May 18, 2017 by


 

 
 

 
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