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States to force emission, fuel-economy rules showdown with Trump Administration?

States to force emission, fuel-economy rules showdown with Trump Administration?

Continuing political turmoil and news coverage of the Trump Administration haven't stopped the president's agency heads from drastically reshaping policies on energy, the environment, and emissions. Comments are now being taken on the reopened EPA limits on vehicular carbon emissions for 2022... read more

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2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Blue Streak

Trump NHTSA might reduce fuel-economy rules for two-thirds of U.S. vehicles

Consumers all over the world, but especially in North America, are buying more crossover utility vehicles and fewer passenger sedans and hatchbacks. The U.S. auto industry... read more August 16, 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


 
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Carmaker lobbyist urges fuel-economy deal to keep emission limits, but stretch them out (updated)

Automakers appear to have united behind a surprising position: reviews of emission rules should not involve scrapping the current standards. The Alliance of Automobile... read more August 11, 2017 by


 
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

For pickup trucks, more than half all fuel savings come in 2022-2025 CAFE rules

Sometimes, when science and technology issues have economic or political consequences, incorrect or misleading information and analyses can be propagated through the media... read more August 9, 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


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

EPA museum may axe climate-change display, add one on coal

The museum at the Environmental Protection Agency may soon be in for an overhaul to reflect the agenda of the Trump administration. It's no secret Scott Pruitt, current EPA... read more August 1, 2017 by


 
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NHTSA to review gas-mileage rules: could freeze 2021 limits, even roll back (updated)

The U.S. Department of Transportation said yesterday the NHTSA is preparing to revise corporate average fuel economy requirements for model years 2022 through 2025. The... read more July 31, 2017 by


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

U.S. government climate scientists restricted, sidelined, limited

Months into Donald Trump's presidency, it is clear the administration has worked diligently to downplay the role of science in setting policy on energy. Some moves to... read more July 28, 2017 by


 
Tesla Model S at Supercharger site in Ventura, CA, with just one slot open  [photo: David Noland]

Propaganda video claiming 'dirty electric cars' debunked

For years, electric-car skeptics raised concerns about what was cleverly dubbed "The Coal Tailpipe": the idea that plug-in vehicles produced just as many harmful emissions as... read more July 27, 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


 
Donald J. Trump in November 2016       [photo: The Trump Organization]

Trump claims to 'unleash American energy' in speech full of inaccurate claims

Shortly after announcing his intention to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, President Donald Trump declared the final week in June to be "Energy Week."... read more July 10, 2017 by


 
Donald Trump

What Trump's 'Energy Week' policies actually mean

The White House declared this past week "Energy Week" and offered up a few key points on which the Trump administration plans to focus to unleash what it calls a new American... read more July 3, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Montana solar-power law rigging caught on live video, regrettably

The U.S. is coming up to its Independence Day holiday, in which we celebrate the Declaration of Independence from England and reflect on our history and traditions as a... read more June 30, 2017 by


 
Donald Trump

Climate resistance grows; more states ally to flout Trump, commit to Paris accord (updated)

Thirteen states, at least 80 mayors, and more than 100 businesses will task themselves to meet ambitious climate-change goals—with or without federal participation. The... read more June 28, 2017 by


 
Chevrolet Bolt EV self-driving prototype

Electric-car noise rules to be canceled under Trump deregulation plan?

Modern electric cars have been on U.S. roads for seven years or so, and owners love their smooth, quiet, close to noise-free operation. That silence has been a bone of... read more June 26, 2017 by


 

 
 

 
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