Commentary: Overdue for reform, EV tax credit needs reasonable limits

Commentary: Overdue for reform, EV tax credit needs reasonable limits

Now that the federal plug-in tax credit has begun to wind down on the U.S.-made Chevrolet Bolt EV, members of Congress propose to do something about it. Democrats have proposed several bills in Congress to remove the manufacturer-based 200,000-car cap on the credits and extending them for 10 years... read more

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Fewer than 1 in 3 new car shoppers agree with proposed EPA rollback, according to poll

Only 29 percent of new-car shoppers say they agree with rollbacks to federal fuel-economy standards proposed by the Trump administration, Autolist reported Tuesday. The... read more August 23, 2018 by

Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]

OpEd: Who pays for principle in Trump's war on lower emissions and trade?

Last week the Trump administration unveiled a broad drawdown of fuel-economy regulations that had been aimed at cutting emissions from passenger vehicles. In the 978-page... read more August 9, 2018 by

Western Star semi tractor used to promote Fitzgerald Glider Kits

States join to halt EPA's reversal on "glider" semi trucks

Sixteen states joined an effort this week to petition courts to review a rollback of an Obama-era regulation that capped the number of "glider" trucks, Transport Topics... read more July 26, 2018 by

ExxonMobil oil refinery, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, by WClarke [CC BY-SA 4.0]

ExxonMobil leaves conservative anti-climate lobbying group

Following a public spat over climate change legislation, oil giant ExxonMobil has pulled its membership from the Koch brothers-backed anti-climate-change lobbying group... read more July 24, 2018 by

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Supreme Court retirement could have impact on environmental protection

The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced on Wednesday could have dramatic and detrimental effects on environmental quality. Since the retirement of... read more June 28, 2018 by

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt  [photo from 2014]

EPA Administrator Pruitt recruited top oil industry executives, emails show

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt left little to chance in trying to make the agency more friendly to the oil industry after he took office last year, according to new emails... read more June 27, 2018 by

Flooded Car

EPA overturning of fuel economy increases requires review, agency watchdog says

The EPA's Science Advisory Board, tasked with agency oversight, is taking issue with at least three of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's signature decisions. First, according... read more May 30, 2018 by

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt  [photo from 2014]

CFA study shows better gas mileage standards offset cost of modern safety tech

Cars that get good gas mileage aren't unsafe. In fact, gas savings have more than paid for safety improvements in modern cars, as well as for the technology needed to make... read more May 10, 2018 by

General Motors CEO Mary Barra provides an update on the ignition switch recall investigation

Automakers may not want to roll back fuel-economy standards after all

Averting a showdown between 17 states and the federal government may take priority over industry-friendly fuel-economy targets. At least, that's what they're saying. Reports... read more May 9, 2018 by

National Plug-In Day 2012: San Francisco, with 60 Nissan Leafs in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

Deal between EPA, California on auto emissions may still be possible

Over the many months EPA administrator Scott Pruitt signaled his intention to revisit the Obama administration's emission limits for 2022 through 2025 vehicles, California... read more April 12, 2018 by

Smokestacks pollution air quality

Paris climate accords look more and more like fantasy; the reality could be far worse

President Trump has taken a lot of flack for pulling out of the Paris climate accords, claiming they were a bad deal for the country he leads. Perversely, the problem with... read more April 9, 2018 by

Flooded Car

Pruitt's EPA decision: 38-page intention vs 1,217 pages of analysis

While the name of EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is often preceded by "embattled" these days, his agency is now on record as rejecting its own recommendation of just 16... read more April 6, 2018 by

Chrome exhaust pipe

8 things you should know about EPA plan to let cars emit more (cutting fuel economy as well)

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt said yesterday the agency plans to modify rules limiting carbon-dioxide emissions for light-duty vehicles in model years 2022 through 2025. The... read more April 4, 2018 by

Chrome exhaust pipe

EPA to ease emission limits, reports say, setting up clash with California

The omens have been accumulating for months, as bits of information dribble out of the regulatory rumor mill in Washington, D.C. Now we have the most concrete reports yet... read more March 26, 2018 by

Gas pump

Auto parts suppliers support current fuel-economy rules, overwhelmingly: survey

As the auto industry and environmental groups count down the days until the NHTSA releases proposals to revise fuel-economy standards, surveys show one industry wants the... read more March 22, 2018 by



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