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CARB steps up shadow-EPA role with new building, vehicle testing lab

CARB steps up shadow-EPA role with new building, vehicle testing lab

For 45 years, the Environmental Protection Agency has been charged with protecting the U.S. from pollution in its air, water, and land. Under the Trump Administration, its administrator Scott Pruitt is aggressively muzzling and removing scientists, eradicating climate-science from its activities... read more

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Mahindra e2o electric car

India actually beat China to all-electric new-car pledge, targets 2030

China made headlines around the world on Sunday when state media reported that the country is developing a timetable to end production and sales of new vehicles with gasoline... read more September 14, 2017 by


 
BYD Qin EV300

China developing timetable to end sales, production of gasoline cars

The auto industry has now grudgingly accepted that battery-electric cars will make up some portion of the world's new vehicles in years to come. But a milestone in that trend... read more September 10, 2017 by


 
Audi e-tron Sportback concept, 2017 Shanghai auto show

German Chancellor Merkel rejects electric-car quotas for Europe: 'not well thought out'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the country's leader, has detailed why she believes electric-car quotas are not a viable answer to emission and other issues plaguing Europe... read more August 15, 2017 by


 
Offshore wind farm

Senate panel rejects clean-energy cuts, boosts DoE funding instead

The Senate Committee on Appropriations recently exhibited a quality somewhat rare in U.S. politics these days: bipartisanship. The committee released a lengthy report on the... read more August 14, 2017 by


 
International Paper Company mill, 1973 [From EPA Documerica series]

Climate change worse, faster than projected, scientists tell Trump in leaked report

It is abundantly clear that the Trump Administration does not believe in science. In its six months to date, it chose a climate-science denier to lead the Environmental... read more August 9, 2017 by


 
Waymo trains self-driving cars to identify emergency vehicles

House approves bill to exempt self-driving cars from safety standards, overrule state laws

The United States House of Representatives has taken the first step towards allowing automakers and technology companies to deploy self-driving cars on public roads. A House... read more July 20, 2017 by


 
Nicolas Hulot, French minister of ecological transition, announces 2040 ban on vehicles with engines

France plans to ban all gasoline, diesel vehicles by 2040

To most North Americans, the idea of banning all vehicles with internal-combustion engines seems unthinkable. Filling up with gasoline (or diesel) is as American as are... read more July 6, 2017 by


 
BYD e5. Photo by CarNewsChina.com.

China revises electric-car incentives to reward longer ranges

It's long been official policy for China that the country's automakers will become the world's highest-volume producer of electric cars. (It also intends to dominate... read more July 5, 2017 by


 
Buick Velite 5, for sale in China, at 2017 Shanghai auto show   [photo: Ronan Glon]

China will have lots of electric cars, but no maker knows what market wants

China is not only the world's largest single car market, but the market in which the greatest number of plug-in electric cars are sold. But the country's government has plans... read more June 8, 2017 by


 
Donald Trump

Two words the Trump Administration can't say: climate change

During President Donald J. Trump's half-hour meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican yesterday, the pope gave the president a copy of his 2015 encyclical calling for urgent... read more May 25, 2017 by


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

EPA gets 29,000 comments on proposed elimination of environmental rules

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... read more May 18, 2017 by


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

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... read more May 16, 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


 
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... read more April 25, 2017 by


 
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... read more April 7, 2017 by


 

 
 

 
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