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EPA plans to roll back emissions standards on power plants

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. The new proposed rule, which the EPA calls the "Affordable Clean Energy" rule, would eliminate Obama-era standards that would... read more

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Last November, the Environmental Protection Agency said it would rescind a rule that banned companies from fitting outdated, older, and dirtier diesel engines into brand-new...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


 
2016 BYD Tang plug-in hybrid SUV, made in China

China is serious on fuel economy: 500-plus models to go out of production

China has taken a major step toward cleaning up the new cars sold in the country beginning January 1. As numerous countries debate plans to end sales of fossil-fuel vehicles... read more January 2, 2018 by


 
Chrome exhaust pipe

2017's most important green car story: internal-combustion engine ban in China

The most important green-car story of 2017 came on September 10, in a report by the Associated Press that covered articles in two Chinese state media outlets on a statement... read more December 31, 2017 by


 
Donald Trump

Trump EPA: less enforcement of laws, more leeway for polluters

In grade school, students commonly ran through the halls when teachers or other school staff weren't looking. Signs forbidding the act of sprinting past lockers did little to... read more December 13, 2017 by


 
Semi trailer

EPA to axe rule banning older, dirtier diesel engines in new trucks: report

The EPA recently announced it will roll back the Clean Power Plan, one of former President Obama's milestone efforts to fight climate change, and now the agency plans to axe... read more October 26, 2017 by


 
BYD e6 electric taxi in service in Shenzhen, China

China wants all electric cars: will it work? Reasons and reactions

It was quaint and adorable when Norway did it, saying it would end sales of cars with internal-combustion engines by 2025. The Netherlands followed suit, with little fanfare... read more September 19, 2017 by


 
Natural gas flaring from oil well [licensed under Creative Commons from Flickr user Sirdle]

EPA science advisers axed; execs from regulated industries to replace them (updated)

While much of the nation's capital is preoccupied with the unpredictable Trump administration and its possible ties to Russia, the fate of the Environmental Protection Agency... read more May 10, 2017 by


 
Mark Webber driving a 2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid in London

London's $27 entry charge for pre-2016 diesel cars to start April 2019

For more than 13 years, London has collected a stiff charge from motor vehicles entering the congested core of the city during weekday business hours. Known as the congestion... read more April 4, 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


 
Bill Nye in new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Jan 2017 [photo: Oskar Liners, Community Chevrolet, Burbank]

Trump's EPA deletes 'science' from Science Office mission statement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is emerging as one of the government entities most targeted by the new Trump Administration for change. In this case, if reports of... read more March 8, 2017 by


 
2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI

VW diesel cheating produced 1,200 premature deaths: MIT study

In September 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revealed Volkswagen's use of illegal "defeat device" software in its diesel cars. The software routines allowed... read more March 8, 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


 

 
 

 
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