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Senate Bill Introduced To End Ethanol Mandate For Gasoline

Senate Bill Introduced To End Ethanol Mandate For Gasoline

A decade ago, the biofuel ethanol was viewed as one way to reduce the nation's consumption of oil for transportation fuel. In 2007, Congress approved the Renewable Fuels Standard, which mandated increasing amounts of ethanol gradually be blended into the fuel supply. Now, those rules could be... read more

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Oil well (photo by John Hill)

Oil Industry Will Begin To Vanish By 2030, Says New Book

What if electric cars and renewable energy became such common parts of our society that they made the oil industry obsolete? It's an environmentalist's dream, and it's also... read more February 13, 2015 by 


 
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf (Euro spec)  -  Driven, Portland OR, July 2014  (credit: NWAPA)

VW To Spend $10 Million On Electric-Car Charging Sites, Asks Governments To Step Up Too

Volkswagen plans to invest millions of dollars into U.S. electric-car charging infrastructure, but doesn't want to go it alone. The German carmaker plans to spend $10 million... read more February 10, 2015 by 


 
Frame from 'Benefits of Price Competition' video, by National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA)

New NADA Chairman Will Continue Anti-Tesla 'Get The Facts' Campaign

Last June, the National Automobile Dealers Association launched a publicity campaign to convince car buyers why it's in their own best interests that dealers make it illegal... read more February 5, 2015 by 


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

White House Budget Asks For $10K Electric-Car Credit, Natural-Gas Cars Added

it appears the recently-unveiled White House budget includes a few measures to boost the adoption of green cars. President Barack Obama is once again attempting to spur sales... read more February 3, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

Anti-Tesla Laws In AZ, MI, NJ & TX Nominated For 'Luddite Award'

Awards to dealerships and car-dealer groups are common, and often both appreciated and promoted by their recipients. A new award nomination that recognizes the work of state... read more January 26, 2015 by 


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

Tesla Sales Model Intrigues Volvo, Lexus, AutoNation--Though Dealers Must Remain, By Law

Electric-car maker Tesla Motors has shaken up the auto industry in many ways, and it continues to do so. Now, aspects of Tesla's online direct-sales model are starting to... read more January 23, 2015 by 


 
Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

U.S. Senate Votes Against Affirming Climate Science Validity

Would you trust a politician who believes the earth is flat? Or that the sun revolves around the earth? Or that the Holocaust never happened? No? Then what do we make of... read more January 23, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

Connecticut Considers Bill To Let Tesla Sell Direct To Buyers

The battles between Tesla Motors and state auto-dealer associations over the carmaker's direct-sales model has seen victories and losses for both sides. While some states... read more January 20, 2015 by 


 
Daan Roosegaard's designs for safer highways

Low Gas Price An Opportunity For Higher Gas Tax? Not A Chance

With gasoline costing 40 percent less than it did just six months ago--and under $2 a gallon in many states--you might think this would be a good time to discuss raising the... read more January 5, 2015 by 


 
National Drive Electric Week 2014: Atlanta. Photo by Michael Beinenson.

Fight To Watch: Georgia Plans To Alter Electric-Car Tax Credit

Over the last two years, the metropolitan Atlanta area has become one of the single best sales regions for the Nissan Leaf electric car. That's due to a $5,000 Georgia state... read more December 30, 2014 by 


 
2009 Hummer H2

Gas Guzzler Tax Deduction Restored To $500K For 2014 By Budget Bill

If politics is the art of successful compromise--defined as outcomes that make all parties equally unhappy--then the recent budget extension bill offers something for... read more December 29, 2014 by 


 
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 


 
MetLife electric-car charging station for employee use - Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Tax Breaks Back For Electric-Car Charging Stations, Natural-Gas Cars, Through End Of Year

It's the end of another Congressional session, which means that a budget extension bill has now been rushed through and is likely to be signed. Called The Tax Increase... read more December 19, 2014 by 


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

Are Republicans Really Behind Tesla Sales Bans? Data Offers Clues

It seems to be a common assumption among Tesla Motors supporters: State auto-dealer lobbyists work with Republican legislators to enact laws banning direct sales of Tesla's... read more December 17, 2014 by 


 
First 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell delivered to lessee at Tustin Hyundai, June 2014

Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicle Tax Credit Expires This Month: Will It Be Renewed?

Financial and other incentives are widely viewed as a good way to kickstart the adoption of new green vehicles, largely to compensate for their higher prices against... read more December 3, 2014 by 


 

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