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Fossil-fuel lobbyists join renewable peers against DoE coal, nuclear support plans

Fossil-fuel lobbyists join renewable peers against DoE coal, nuclear support plans

Pity Energy Secretary Rick Perry, the man now running the cabinet department he couldn't remember that he wanted to eliminate altogether during a notorious 2011 presidential debate. He has pulled off an unusual feat, by uniting lobbyists for fossil-fuel interests with their counterparts advocating... read more

October 4, 2017 by -
 
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in 2008, when he was governor of Texas

Energy Dept grid report downplayed renewables, stressed coal, fossil fuels

The Trump administration hasn't been coy about trying to champion traditional fossil fuels while downplaying the importance and falling costs of renewable energy. Earlier... read more September 22, 2017 by


 
U.S. Capitol Building

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... read more September 15, 2017 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

Latest Tesla referral programs draw new CA dealer lobby complaint

Tesla has once again ruffled the feathers of the California New Car Dealers Association with a new round of referral programs. The Silicon Valley automaker has used referral... read more September 13, 2017 by


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

Tesla wins Michigan court fight to get e-mails by lobbyist, lawmaker

As a Tesla lawsuit over the state of Michigan's dealership franchise law grinds on, the Silicon Valley automaker scored a recent legal victory. A federal magistrate has... read more August 29, 2017 by


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

Energy Dept disappoints US coal industry: no order keeping plants open

The Trump administration has reneged on one aspect of a promise widely discussed throughout the 2016 presidential campaign: reviving the coal industry. President Donald Trump... read more August 24, 2017 by


 
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


 
Gas pump

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


 
Gas pump

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


 

 
 

 
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