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

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 the carbon emissions that contribute to global warming. Only one plans to withdraw from that treaty: the United States of... read more

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Trump to slash clean-energy funding 72 percent, lauds "beautiful clean coal"

If a marketer talked enthusiastically about "healthy delicious cyanide," what would you think? You may wish to apply those judgments to mentions of "beautiful clean coal" by... read more February 1, 2018 by


 
Chevrolet Bolt EV being charged outside Go Forth electric-car showroom, Portland   [photo: Forth]

GM suggests Congress fund EV charging, Toyota asks for hydrogen fueling support

It's now abundantly clear that Tesla has created the roadmap on how to build a widespread DC fast-charging network that lets electric-car drivers travel long distances, even... 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


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Effect of Trump solar-panel import tariffs on clean-power growth debated

A majority of the photovoltaic solar panels used in the U.S. are imported from such countries as China, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. Now, environmentalists... read more January 29, 2018 by


 
Georgia state capitol (pic by Andre M. via Wikimedia)

Georgia to take second try at electric-car tax credit after killing first one

Several years ago, Georgia offered a generous state-tax credit for purchase of a zero-emission vehicle, and its sales of electric cars boomed. When state politics interceded... read more January 29, 2018 by


 
U.S. Capitol Building

California talks to DC regulators on emission, fuel-economy rules Trump wants to cut

As automakers await the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's new fuel-economy rules for 2022 through 2025, due March 30, regulators from California and Washington... read more January 25, 2018 by


 
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class stalls in Maryland flash flood

Earth continues to warm fast; is climate change lost in political turmoil?

Mother Nature doesn't pay attention to politics. As a pair of articles in The Washington Post last week highlighted, climate change proceeds apace regardless of the daily... read more January 25, 2018 by


 
Frame from Sierra Club video, 'Tell Ford to Put Clean Cars in the Fast Lane,' Jan 2018

Ford CAFE rollback efforts, countering sustainability claims, slammed in Sierra Club video

The production values are high and the message is clear in a video released Tuesday by The Sierra Club. The environmental advocacy group 's goal is simple: highlight the... read more January 24, 2018 by


 
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Gas tax should rise 25 cents to fund road repair: US Chamber of Commerce

It's an unusual thing, to say the least, when the U.S. Chamber of Commerce publicly suggests a major tax increase. In general, the pro-business lobbying group advocates for... read more January 19, 2018 by


 
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CAFE proposal coming March 30: automakers hope national rules survive

It's been hanging out there in limbo for more than six months: the answer to the question of what happens to gas-mileage rules under Trump. Given the daily political turmoil... read more January 17, 2018 by


 
U.S. Capitol Building

Could improving electric-car tax credit be possible even with today's politics?

Rather to the surprise of electric-car advocates, the massive tax bill passed by the U.S. Congress in December did not eliminate the federal tax credit for purchase of a... read more January 16, 2018 by


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

E10 gasoline now standard, but E15 push stalled, so here comes E30

Though the Environmental Protection Agency has already ruled on ethanol-blended gasoline mixtures for 2018, that hasn't stopped ethanol advocates from pushing for a higher... read more January 8, 2018 by


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

Trump Administration on climate change: denial, confrontation, some cooperation

Just one year into the Trump administration, numerous high-level government officials have denied, downplayed, and eliminated government mentions of climate change and its... read more December 29, 2017 by


 
Coal power plant in China

China's aggressive plan to counter climate change leaves US government in the dust

As the Trump administration abandons numerous U.S. efforts to rein in emissions of the climate-change gas carbon dioxide over time, another large polluter is pushing ahead... read more December 22, 2017 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car at EVgo fast-charging station, Newport Centre, Jersey City, NJ

In an ideal world, this is how electric-car tax credits should work

The tax reform bill likely to be voted on by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives retained a number of provisions originally slated to be cut from the tax code. Among... read more December 19, 2017 by


 

 
 

 
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