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Electric cars emit less carbon than average U.S. new car, everywhere in the world

Electric cars emit less carbon than average U.S. new car, everywhere in the world

When electric cars first arrived in 2011, it was a reasonable question: Aren't you just shifting emissions from the tailpipe to the smokestack? The answer is yes, but the carbon emissions per mile of an electric car—properly measured on a wells-to-wheels basis—are virtually always lower... read more

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2017 Tesla Model S

Electric cars in UK cleaner than best diesels in summer, not yet in winter

Although electric cars do not emit exhaust, it's widely recognized that the electricity to charge their batteries often still comes from fossil fuels. This has led to the... read more September 11, 2017 by


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

Energy Dept disappoints US coal industry: no order keeping plants open

The Trump administration has reneged on one aspect of a promise widely discussed throughout the 2016 presidential campaign: reviving the coal industry. President Donald Trump... read more August 24, 2017 by


 
2017 Nissan Leaf

San Diego utility offers $10,000 off Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 electric cars

For southern California residents, it's an excellent time to start considering the purchase of a BMW i3 or Nissan Leaf electric car. San Diego Gas & Electric has joined a... read more August 15, 2017 by


 
Coal trains by Flickr user Kimon Berlin (Used under CC License)

'Fossil fuels are dead,' says CSX railroad chief: no more new trains for coal, ever

The industrial revolution that began around 1750 was powered in large part by coal, and the carbon-rich fuel had 200 good years after that. By the middle of the last century... read more July 31, 2017 by


 
Solar farm used by West Hill House B&B

Can we have fully carbon-free electricity by 2100? Predictions vary

The future of energy production remains in considerable debate, but some new research provides a more optimistic view for a lower-carbon future. Sources for new and... read more July 11, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Montana solar-power law rigging caught on live video, regrettably

The U.S. is coming up to its Independence Day holiday, in which we celebrate the Declaration of Independence from England and reflect on our history and traditions as a... read more June 30, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Scientists debate: could renewable energy entirely replace fossil fuels in U.S. by 2050?

Scientists generally debate their studies and projections in relatively civil language, but perhaps the currently adversarial tenor of U.S. politics has spilled over into... read more June 23, 2017 by


 
Coal, by Flicker user oatsy40 (Used Under CC License)

Ohio bill would grant permanent subsidies to coal-fired power plants

It's now widely acknowledged that the energy and electricity-generation landscape is changing rapidly. The U.S. has vastly increased its oil and gas production, driving down... read more June 14, 2017 by


 
2017 Renault Zoe

Renault plans huge energy storage plant using old Zoe electric-car battery packs

With more plug-in electric vehicles on the road today than ever, automakers are working to solve an impending issue: what to do with used lithium-ion batteries. Once the... read more June 9, 2017 by


 
Electric-car wells-to-wheels emission equivalencies in MPG, May 2017 [Union of Concerned Scientists]

Electric cars cleaner than any gas-only car for 97 percent of U.S. drivers

Electric cars have no tailpipe emissions when running. But unless they're charged entirely on renewable energy—still statistically unlikely today—there are... read more June 5, 2017 by


 
2017 Nissan Leaf

Lots of ways to get $10K off 2017 Nissan Leaf electric car by end of June

The 2017 Nissan Leaf might well be the hottest electric car deal on the market right now, with a slew of potential discounts. Nissan is working with numerous partners to... read more June 4, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Soaring growth of solar power demonstrated in one chart

Sometimes a picture is truly worth a thousand words. In the case of the rapidly rising rate of solar generation for electricity, numerous forecasts by internationally... read more May 26, 2017 by


 
2015 Nissan Leaf with CHAdeMO fast-charging cable plugged in  [photo John Briggs]

California utility SCE offers $450 rebate for new and used electric cars

California already offers generous incentives to get consumers into electric vehicles, but now the electric utility Southern California Edison has joined in. SCE has... read more May 25, 2017 by


 
Coal, by Flicker user oatsy40 (Used Under CC License)

Did EPA head ask coal lobby to fight Paris climate pact? Claim disputed

The Trump administration is either having a robust internal debate on its climate positions or floundering incoherently as various interests vie for the president's... read more April 27, 2017 by


 
Coal, by Flicker user oatsy40 (Used Under CC License)

The day without coal: Britain's first one since 1882

The Industrial Revolution that started around 1750 in England was powered largely by coal. With Watt's invention of the steam engine and the emergence of railways in the... read more April 24, 2017 by


 

 
 

 
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