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Polluters pay, 2020 Kia Soul EV, hydrogen internal combustion: Today's Car News

Polluters pay, 2020 Kia Soul EV, hydrogen internal combustion: Today's Car News

We had a first chance to drive the new 2020 Kia Soul EV. London's new pollution charge on older vehicles makes it really expensive to drive older cars into the city. And our latest Twitter poll asks what GM should do with the Volt name now that it no longer produces the car. All this and more on... read more

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EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler

EPA adds climate skeptic to science board

Science at the EPA has been a topic of much debate, and a lot of turmoil since President Trump took office. In that way, the addition of eight new members to the agency's... read more February 1, 2019 by


 
Smokestacks pollution air quality

EPA enforcement efforts slide 85 percent under Trump administration

Not only do polluters have lower standards to meet under the Trump administration, they may not really have to meet those standards at all. That's the conclusion of a new... read more January 25, 2019 by


 
Portable Emissions Measurement Systems (PEMS) on a Peugeot 308

Independent group aims to be for emissions what NCAP or IIHS is for crash safety

A newly formed organization called Allow Independent Road-testing (AIR) wants to make impartial emissions ratings available to vehicle shoppers. Using a simple rating from A... read more December 18, 2018 by


 
Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]

Oil industry funding supports campaign to roll back fuel-economy rules

A new investigative report by the New York Times has revealed the puppeteer pulling the strings in the Trump administration's efforts to undo fuel-economy and emissions... read more December 14, 2018 by


 
Western Star semi tractor used to promote Fitzgerald Glider Kits

EPA announces tighter smog regulations on heavy trucks

The EPA has loosened or eliminated a lot of regulations since President Trump took office, but last week the agency announced it would tighten regulations on emissions of... read more November 19, 2018 by


 
Smokestacks pollution air quality

EPA dissolves boards of pollution scientists

The EPA has dismissed two panels of outside scientists that advised the agency on particulate matter and ground-level ozone, which have been linked to smog and respiratory... read more October 24, 2018 by


 
Smokestacks pollution air quality

EPA: Cleaner power generation offset increase of vehicle emissions in 2017

U.S. emissions of global-warming greenhouse gases fell 2.7 percent in 2017, despite the Trump administration's efforts to revive coal use in the U.S., the EPA announced on... read more October 19, 2018 by


 
Smokestacks pollution air quality

EPA plans to roll back emissions standards on power plants

After wiping out plans to continue boosting fuel economy standards earlier this month, the EPA on Tuesday proposed rolling back emissions standards on electric power plants... read more August 21, 2018 by


 
Smog over Los Angeles, courtesy Flickr user steven-buss

Report: Trump EPA plans to cancel California emissions waiver

The EPA is planning to cancel the special waiver that California has relied on since 1970 to set its own emissions standards, according to a Bloomberg report. As part of its... read more June 1, 2018 by


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

An Earth Day question: When will we see 'tailpipes' on cars as morally wrong?

With automotive emissions regulations again coming under political pressure, we thought we'd re run this Earth Day question from 2014 in an attempt to answer the question... read more April 20, 2018 by


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

Cars now clean enough that household products rival them for air pollution

The first major emission controls on motor vehicles were introduced in 1975 with the advent of the catalytic converter. Today's cars emit less than 1 percent of the three... read more March 13, 2018 by


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

Rome joins European ban-diesel bandwagon after German court ruling

First Paris, then a pair of German cities, and now the Eternal City. Two weeks ago, the mayor of Rome announced on her Facebook page that the city would ban diesel cars... read more March 8, 2018 by


 
Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]

German court rules cities may ban older diesel vehicles to cut air pollution

That huge intake of breath you may have heard from across the Atlantic Ocean was the sound of German carmakers gasping at a court decision handed down on Tuesday. After a... read more February 27, 2018 by


 
Western Star semi tractor used to promote Fitzgerald Glider Kits

Fake science: University disavows study EPA cited to approve old dirty diesels in "glider" trucks

Last November, the Environmental Protection Agency said it would rescind a rule that banned companies from fitting outdated, older, and dirtier diesel engines into brand-new... read more February 27, 2018 by


 
First all-electric articulated bus in the world, Palmdale, CA, by Nate Pitkin [CC BY-SA 4.0]

California OKs more than half a billion dollars to clean up freight trucks, trains, buses

California is using the growing sums of money it receives from its emission cap-and-trade auction for good, including to tackle up some of the state's most egregious... read more January 9, 2018 by


 

 
 

 
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