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  • Smog obscures George Washington Bridge, 1973 [From EPA Documerica series]

    Much of the news out of Washington, D.C., these days has to do with the possibility of political scandal. But the wheels of government keep turning, and significant changes are happening at numerous agencies charged with missions as diverse as collecting intelligence, supporting education, and protecting the environment. Few groups are seeing changes as radical as those now underway at the Environmental Protection Agency, now run by Scott Pruitt, who had sued it more than a dozen times to prevent the agency from enforcing emission rules against the fossil-fuel industry. DON'T MISS: EPA...

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    Real-world diesel emission study shows latest standards must be applied to heavy trucks

    When a major lobbying group issues a statement replying to an academic study the same day that study first hits the media, you know it's major. On Monday, the Diesel Technology Forum responded to an article in Nature with a statement that supported "improved real-world testing" of diesel emissions...

  • 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid debuts at 2017 New York auto show
    Would weaker EPA rules kill advanced start-stop hybrid systems for U.S.?

    Today's political climate has made for fluid motion in regulations, and corporate average fuel economy targets haven't been left out. Suppliers and automakers have already begun investing heavily into vehicles to be sold in 2022 through 2025, which will include various fuel-saving and...

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    EPA's Ann Arbor test lab threatened; emission tests in the balance

    The 436 scientists who spend their days testing new vehicles and enforcing environmental rules at the National Fuel Emissions Lab in Ann Arbor, Michigan, face a very uncertain future. The lab sits in the crosshairs of President Trump's proposed budget, which eliminates 99 percent of its funding, as...

  • Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California
    Will Trump EPA target CA electric-car, emissions rules? Not yet, maybe; here's why

    California began regulating vehicle emissions within its boundaries before the Environmental Protection Agency was even a gleam in President Richard Nixon's eye. Since that agency was founded in 1971 with an executive order by Nixon, the state has retained the right to set its own—more...

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    Ruling that EPA must regulate carbon emissions: now 10 years old

    Anniversaries often provide an opportunity to reflect on important past events, review what has happened since, and reflect upon the future. April 2 of this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Massachusetts vs EPA in which the EPA was forced to regulate carbon emissions...

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

    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 generates less news coverage. That's not to say there hasn't been news. Administrator Scott Pruitt is proceeding swiftly with a radical plan to restructure—critics suggest "dismantle" might be a better word—the agency charged with protecting U.S. air, water, and land from pollution. DON'T MISS: Bill making it harder for scientists to sit on EPA Science Board advances (Mar 2017) Within six weeks of Trump's...

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    Extra fuel used if 2022-2025 CAFE rules delayed would be low: here's the math

    Barbie never said "Math is hard!" The talking doll did, notoriously, say "Math class is tough!" in 1989, sparking a media firestorm over gender roles in childrens' toys and then a voluntary recall by Mattel for offended parents. Reworded, however, the point remains accurate: many people don't...

  • EPA website redirect page replaces scientific information on climate change, April 30, 2017
    EPA website removes climate-change pages, because science contradicts Pruitt policy goals

    On Saturday, tens of thousands of people joined a Science March in Washington, D.C., to support use of data-based science to set government policy on climate change. The day before, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency removed detailed climate data and scientific information because it appeared...

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    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 attention. Its intentions for the Paris Climate Agreement that the U.S. signed last year remain entirely unclear. On Monday, Trump's...

  • EPA administrator Scott Pruitt  [photo from 2014]
    Pruitt won't kill EPA 'endangerment' finding on climate change

    The current EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, does not accept the scientific consensus on human contribution to climate change, though he has given some contradictory statements on that matter. His views correspond closely to those of his boss, President Donald Trump, who notoriously compared the...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, 2014 New York Auto Show
    Brand-new 2015 Volkswagen TDI diesels back on sale after modifications

    If you're a diehard diesel fan, you now have one last chance to buy a brand-new Volkswagen TDI diesel car. Well, almost brand-new, anyhow: the cars in question are 2015 models, and about 11,000 of them will go on sale after they have been modified. Once they're sold, there will likely be no more...

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    Despite some alarmist reporting, President Donald Trump hasn't abolished the EPA's vehicle emission limits. Nor has he wiped out corporate average fuel-economy rules, set by the NHTSA. So far, he's done two things: signed an executive order reopening the comment period for 2022-2025 EPA emission limits, and proposed a budget that would slash EPA funds for actual enforcement. DON'T MISS: What Trump did and didn't say in Detroit on EPA emission rules Automakers wanted the comment period on the 2022-2025 standards reopened, feeling caught off guard when the agency abruptly finalized those rules...

  • Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee
    Clean Power Plan carbon cuts may survive, even if Trump EPA kills rule

    The Clean Power Plan’s future looks uncertain at best under President Donald Trump. The commander-in-chief appears to be urging American utility companies to pivot back towards burning coal to produce electricity. Ending the so-called “war on coal” is intended to create jobs in...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE
    Asking prices climb for used VW TDI diesels as buybacks proceed

    If you have your eyes on a used Volkswagen or Audi TDI turbodiesel, you may wind up having to pay more today for 2009 through 2015 models than you would have when they were new. At least right now, only 2015 model-year versions of VW and Audi vehicles sold with the 2.0-liter turbodiesel 4-cylinder...

  • 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor strapped to a dyno
    Trump budget slashes EPA emission testing, hits makers with higher fees

    The prospect of ongoing operations as usual continues to darken for the Environmental Protection Agency. According to a detailed internal budget document published in the The Washington Post, the Trump administration wants to eliminate virtually all federal funding for the agency’s vehicle...

  • The White House, Washington, D.C.  [Creative Commons license by dcjohn]
    Green groups gird for battle with White House: is it 'war'?

    Last Wednesday, a broad coalition of environmental groups sued the Trump Administration over an executive order that lifted a moratorium on issuing new leases for coal mining on federal lands. That order would have eliminated the requirement for an environmental impact study on the impacts of any...

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    Large corporations, manufacturers stick with climate pledges despite Trump

    The new U.S. president, Donald Trump, is working to eradicate every Obama policy to limit the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. Having variously called the science behind climate change a "Chinese plot" to hurt the U.S. and referred to it using an expletive for bovine excrement...

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

    These do not appear to be the best of times for President Donald J. Trump, but his agenda of eliminating regulations and promoting fossil fuels continues to roll out. This week, Trump appeared at the EPA to sign an executive order that directed the agency to reopen and reassess its Clean Power Plan for reducing carbon emissions from generating electricity in each state. The event was sparsely attended and, as reported by The Washington Post, some agency employees wore buttons saying "Scientific Integrity" as a silent protest. DON'T MISS: Trump Administration goal: undo every climate-change...

  • President Donald Trump (Photo courtesy DoD)
    Trump Administration goal: undo every climate-change effort

    It was clear well before November's election that candidate Donald Trump did not believe in the accepted science of climate change. He referred to it using an excremental epithet, and also claimed that it was a Chinese hoax created to hurt the U.S. Scientists around the world and the majority of...

  • California Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols (via Twitter)
    California reaffirms state emission, electric-car rules for 2025

    The California Air Resources Board voted Friday to confirm its stricter emissions standards for 2025, setting up a potential clash with the Trump Administration. The CARB vote reaffirms a decision by the EPA in the waning days of the Obama Administration to lock in emissions standards for vehicles...

  • Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol
    E15 gasoline faces stronger headwinds as more states move to ban it

    While political control in Washington has changed, the debate over a mandate to blend specific volumes of ethanol into the U.S. fuel supply has not. Since its passage in 2007 as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act, the ethanol-mandating Renewable Fuel Standard has attracted...

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    Costs to meet fuel-economy standards even lower than EPA says: analysis

    The auto industry tends to oppose, viscerally and viciously, all attempts to regulate any aspect of its products or business operations for any reason. With President Trump in the White House, the industry has succeeded in getting the comment period reopened for the EPA emission standards finalized...

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    Bill making it harder for scientists to sit on EPA Science Board advances

    Since the election of Donald Trump, considerable attention has focused on how a candidate who campaigned on promoting fossil fuels would treat the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies charged with regulating those industries. But potential changes to the EPA do not come solely...

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