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  • President Barack Obama sits in 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car at Detroit Auto Show, Jan 2016

    You have to give the man credit for vision. U.S. president Barack Obama will propose a tax of $10 per barrel on oil in the 2017 budget he will submit to Congress next week. According to the White House, its goal is to create "a clear incentive for private-sector innovation to reduce our reliance on oil, and at the same time invests in clean energy technologies that will power our future." DON'T MISS: Obama Budget Boosts Funding For More Efficient Cars, Hikes Electric-Car Tax Credit (Apr 2013) As a Bloomberg story on the proposal noted, it "received a chilly reception in the...

  • President Barack Obama sits in 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car at Detroit Auto Show, Jan 2016
    Obama Visits Detroit Auto Show, Checks Out Chevy Bolt EV Electric Car

    Only three U.S. presidents in history have visited the Detroit Auto Show in its century-plus of existence: Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1960, Bill Clinton in 1999, and now Barack Obama, yesterday. At various points during the day, the president lauded the ongoing recoveries of the city of Detroit itself...

  • Frame from 'Running on E,' Full Measure segment on electric cars, Dec 2015
    Electric Car 'Outrage': Obama Goal Missed, Dubious TV Report Dissected

    "Billions of your tax dollars were spent to put a million electric cars on the road by the end of this year. You might be outraged when you hear what happened." Sounds shocking, doesn't it? Also perhaps vaguely reminiscent of 2011 and 2012, when uninformed, context-free, and factually-wrong "news"...

  • Two BNSF locomotives hauling coal trains meet near Wichita Falls, Texas
    EPA's Coal-Plant Emissions Rules: This Will Be The Big Fight

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce new regulations to cut the carbon emissions of more than 600 existing coal-fired electric power plants. And many analysts suggest that this regulation--which will likely spark a major political battle--will be the most...

  • Oil well (photo by John Hill)
    Keystone Pipeline Fight: Insignificant 'Sideshow' To EPA Power-Plant Limits?

    In the ongoing battles over renewable versus hydrocarbon energy--and the associated public policies, advocacy, and media coverage--the Keystone XL Pipeline has emerged as a flashpoint. Now a long analysis in The New York Times, along with associated commentary elsewhere, argues that Keystone's...

  • Barack Obama speaking Detroit Economic Club
    Obama Promotes Natural-Gas Fueling Stations In State Of The Union Address

    Once again, President Barack Obama used the State of the Union Address on Tuesday night to raise the issue of natural gas vehicles as a way of promoting energy independence and cutting the impact of climate change. In his talk, Obama urged the U.S. Congress to support the construction of...

  • Barack Obama speaking Detroit Economic Club

    Paul Scott may be one of the most dedicated electric-car advocates around. He sells Nissan Leafs for a living, and helped found advocacy group Plug-In America. A few weeks ago, he had a brilliant idea. Scott used a significant chunk of his life savings for a ticket to a pricey Barack Obama fundraiser, being held this Friday in Santa Monica, California. It would give him the chance to tell the president how important plug-in electric cars are to the country's energy future and national security, and to the planet's long-term ecological heatlh. Scott's mistake was that he talked about his plan...

  • President Obama inspects the 2011 Chevrolet Volt
    Obama's Goal Of 1 Million Plug-Ins: 2018, Not 2015, Say Analysts

    Political opponents of President Barack Obama used to sneer, "So how's that hopey-changey stuff workin' for ya, huh?" You don't hear that so much any more, but 18 months after the first plug-in cars went on sale in the U.S., it's worth looking at a different question. Will the Obama...

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    Gas Pumps Go Naked As Vapor-Recovery Requirement Ends

    Unless you drive a car powered by electricity or some form of home-brew biofuel, the chances are you visit a gas-station with some form of regularity. In fact, it’s probably become so mundane that you don’t even pay attention to that little metal hose any more. But on Thursday, the...

  • Barack Obama
    Obama: Add Rebates On Natural-Gas Cars, Oil Is 'Fuel Of Past'

    Continuing his efforts to reduce U.S. dependence on imported oil, President Barack Obama yesterday proposed expanding tax credits now offered to buyers of plug-in cars to those who buy natural-gas vehicles as well. Given the ugly politics around electric cars and the presidential election season...

  • President Obama inspects the 2011 Chevrolet Volt
    Obama: I’ll Buy A Chevy Volt After My Presidency Ends

    Ever since Barack Obama became president in 2008, he hasn’t been given much chance to drive a car, let alone own one. But when his presidency ends, Mr. Obama knows exactly what car he wants to buy as his post-presidential ride -- a plug-in Chevrolet Volt. “Five years from now when...

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    Who Hates High-Mileage Cars? Your Local Auto Dealers, That's Who

    Sometime next month, the EPA and NHTSA will release final draft rules that increase corporate average fuel economy standards to 54.5 mpg by 2025. Most--although not all--carmakers have signed off on the standards, but opposition has hardly died down. The latest group to take up the fight against...

  • 54.5 MPG CAFE standard for 2025

    It was the proposal that brought every automaker selling in the North America market out in a cold sweat. Now, Reuters brings news that the NHTSA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are delaying the 54.5 MPG, 2025 average fleet fuel economy figure proposal until November. The reason given for the delay is the complexity of the 2,000-page proposal, which needs a little more time to complete. The plan is being drawn up by the NHTSA, EPA and California Air Resources Board and equates to an average 5-percent per year increase in fuel efficiency from now until 2025 - though lower for...

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    Auto Dealers Lobby Against Obama's Higher Gas-Mileage Rules

    Yesterday, auto dealers met with their members of Congress to try to delay new rules that would stiffen the gas-mileage requirements for cars sold in model years 2017 to 2025. The National Auto Dealers Association made the rounds to pitch a proposal that would amend spending legislation for the...

  • Barack Obama
    Japan Follows Obama's Lead, Will Tighten Gas-Mileage Rules

    With agreement among the White House, the EPA and NHTSA, and most major automakers (though not all), the U.S. looks to be well on its way to a corporate average fuel-economy requirement of 54.5 mpg by model year 2025. That translates to 40 to 45 mpg in real-world gas mileage, but it's still a...

  • Biofuel crops (photo: Texas A&M University biofuels research alliance)
    Obama's Biofuels Announcement Encouraging, Challenges Remain

    In the middle of his much-publicized bus tour into the nation's agricultural heartland on Tuesday, President Obama announced a new initiative to kickstart the U.S. biofuel industry, which among other things would create more jobs for rural communities in the biofuel production chain. The...

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adminstrator Lisa Jackson and President Barack Obama
    Consumer Reports On 56.2-MPG Gas-Mileage Goal: Meh, Can Do Better

    Much debate will occur--and that's putting it politely--over the next round of gas-mileage standards, which the EPA hopes to finalize next year for 2017-2025 vehicles. Earlier this week, news reports from Washington indicated that the Obama Administration and EPA are pushing for 56.2 mpg as the...

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adminstrator Lisa Jackson and President Barack Obama
    White House, Feds To Push For 56.2-MPG Fuel Economy In 2025

    The two Federal agencies that set gas mileage and emissions standards for future cars may propose rules that require corporate average fuel economy to reach 56 miles per gallon by 2025. News reports out of Washington, D.C., indicate that the Obama Administration is urging the EPA and NHTSA to push...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt test drive, Michigan, October 2010

    It doesn’t take a scientist to figure out that the 2011 Chevrolet Volt is in high demand right now--despite its May sales numbers, which are behind those of the 2011 Nissan Leaf. But despite General Motors’ planned increase in production, buying the plug-in hybrid is a little more complicated than walking into your local Chevrolet dealer with a fat checkbook. So when a story broke earlier this week accusing Chevrolet dealers of buying and titling new Volts, claiming the $7,500 tax rebate and then selling them on to customers and other garages as ‘used’ cars, some news...

  • President Obama inspects the 2011 Chevrolet Volt
    Obama Administration Buys Electric Cars, Charging Stations

    The President may be currently abroad experiencing the horror of European ramps, but his government has been busy at home ordering the very cars its stimulus program has helped to fund. The General Services Administration responsible for the upkeep of the federal government’s 600,000 strong...

  • Sample used-car window sticker showing gas mileage, for a 2000 Honda Insight
    Feds To Mandate Up To 62 MPG By 2025; What Does It Mean For You?

    Two days ago, the NHTSA said that it would require annual gas-mileage improvements of somewhere between 2 and 7 percent each year between 2017 and 2025. Corporate average fuel economy requirements have already been set through 2016, an action facilitated by the Obama Administration soon after...

  • President Obama inspects the 2011 Chevrolet Volt
    Is Obama's Goal of 1 Million Plug-In Cars By 2015 Feasible?

    Since 2008, Barack Obama has consistently promoted the goal of having 1 million advanced technology vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015. The number refers to plug-in vehicles that use grid power, stored in lithium-ion battery packs, to operate their electric traction motors. Regular hybrids like the...

  • John Duncan takes delivery of one of the first 2011 Nissan LEAF EVs, near Portland OR, 12/15/2010
    Is One Million Electric Cars By 2015 Too Ambitious?

    In a renewed push for clean energy, President Obama called for one million electric cars to be on American roads by 2015 last month. But is that goal realistic? The government released a report this week saying that by its “conservative” estimates for 2015, the electric car supply in...

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adminstrator Lisa Jackson and President Barack Obama
    Obama Budget Kills Clean-Diesel Retrofit, Fuel-Cell Funding

    The budget that will be submitted to Congress on Monday by President Barack Obama contains cuts for two clean-vehicle programs: retrofits that reduce diesel emissions from heavy trucks and other commercial vehicles, and research funds for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. Whether those cuts will survive...

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