Cutting carbon, meeting real-life emission tests, new electric cars to hurt profits, VW says

Cutting carbon, meeting real-life emission tests, new electric cars to hurt profits, VW says

Well, that's awkward. At its annual media briefing on Wednesday, Volkswagen Group executives said the costs of meeting new emission tests in the EU, lowering carbon emissions globally, and launching multiple new electric models would eat into the company's profits. With the company's diesels in... read more

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Electric-car wells-to-wheels emission equivalencies in MPG, Mar 2018 [Union of Concerned Scientists]

Electric cars got even cleaner in a year, new grid data shows

More good news about electric cars in the U.S.: the emissions associated with the electricity used to charge them have fallen. Again. Based on the latest data on powerplant... read more March 9, 2018 by

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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

Global carbon dioxide emissions, 1850-2030 [CO2 Information Analysis Center, World Energy Outlook]

Clean energy won't happen, climate change will be bad: a contrarian perspective

The most recent detailed studies on the likely warming of Planet Earth are grim indeed, suggesting that we are collectively at "very high risk" for the most extreme effects... read more March 2, 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Last November, the Environmental Protection Agency said it would rescind a rule that banned companies from fitting outdated, older, and dirtier diesel engines into brand-new...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

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Bear Mountain, May 2014

Fiat Chrysler to end diesel engines in cars by 2022 (but not trucks): report

Fiat Chrysler will abandon the use of diesel engines in all its passenger vehicles by 2022, according to a report Sunday. Demand for diesel versions of passenger cars in... read more February 26, 2018 by

Mercedes-Benz GLS350d spotted testing near Denver

Mercedes-Benz gets its own diesel emission cheating questions now

Investigators probing U.S. models of Mercedes-Benz sold with diesel engines have found software, possibly illegal under EPA rules, that helped them pass emission tests. Such... read more February 23, 2018 by

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class stalls in Maryland flash flood

Planet at "very high risk" for extreme warming, per leaked UN report; every 5-year delay matters

The processes of climate change don't care about politics. Or economics. Or public sentiment about science. Last December, an analysis showed the most accurate... read more February 23, 2018 by

Flooded car in parking lot. Photo via Flickr user waitscm/CC2.0

How much does it matter that top Trump officials deny climate science? Take our Twitter poll

Throughout the world, the accepted science of climate change is no longer in dispute. Every nation on earth has now signed the Paris Climate Treaty to develop plans to reduce... read more February 20, 2018 by

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California, allies ready for emission-law war with Trump EPA, CARB head says

With the release of proposed new and lower fuel-economy rules expected from the NHTSA by March 30, many eyes have turned to the powerful California Air Resources Board. The... read more February 15, 2018 by

2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA

This one 11-year-old chart explains the problem with hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles

Today, there are roughly 750,000 plug-in electric vehicles on U.S. roads and about 3,800 powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Proponents of each type of vehicle argue strenuously... read more February 13, 2018 by

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Bear Mountain, May 2014

FCA can settle Jeep, Ram EcoDiesel emission case with fine, recall: Justice Department

While VW is moving toward the end of buybacks, payments, and fines for eight years of cheating on diesel emission standards, Fiat Chrysler is still in the thick of its own... read more February 12, 2018 by

2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid charging at office park, Santa Cruz, California, Dec 2017

US climate action requires electric cars; utilities doing their part already

The subject of carbon dioxide emissions is hardly a simple one, especially when it comes to electric cars. They may not have tailpipes, but the electricity generated in order... read more January 30, 2018 by

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

Trump promised to save the coal industry; it hasn't happened

You may recall that President Donald Trump made some ambitious and audacious campaign promises about his plans to revive America's dwindling coal industry. Two weeks ago, The... read more January 30, 2018 by

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in 2008, when he was governor of Texas

Trump administration to work with Saudis on carbon capture for fossil fuels

Last month, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry signed an agreement with Saudi Arabian officials to research "carbon capture" technology for fossil fuels, the Department of... read more January 29, 2018 by



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