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Michelle Robinson

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About the author: Michelle Robinson has more than 25 years of experience in public policy and advocacy. She joined the Clean Vehicles program in 1992 and is a nationally recognized expert on state and federal transportation policy. See Michelle's full bio.

GM—Car Company of the Past or the Future?

One of America’s storied auto companies, General Motors has been in the news a lot lately. Some of the news has been good, some not so good, but overall I see some real progress and reason to think that GM is ready to write a new chapter in a history that has at times been marked by old-school thinking and unfortunate choices. Read More

Categories: Vehicles  

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Clean Car Hearings Hit the Road – First Stop: Detroit

My nominee for quote of the week comes from this paragraph in a January 17th New York Times story:

“We’re celebrating something that has taken a long time to reach,” said Representative John D. Dingell, a Michigan Democrat who helped quash previous efforts to impose higher mileage standards. “There appears to be no significant opposition amongst responsible persons.” Read More

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New Clean Car Standards Hit the Streets

Today the Obama administration proposed new fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards for model year 2017 through 2025 cars and light trucks. The move represents another critical step in reducing the nation’s oil consumption and harmful emissions from vehicles. UCS applauded this announcement, as I said in the press release we just put out, “If you love going to the gas station, you will hate these standards.”  Read More

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GM Anti-Bike Ads Get an F on College Campuses

Just had to jump on this two-wheeled bandwagon for folks who might not have seen the furor over the ad campaign that General Motors (GM) has been running on college campuses this Fall. In a cynical and tone-deaf effort to appeal to today’s “disaffected” youth, the ad campaign, titled “Reality Sucks – Luckily the GM College Discount Doesn’t,” suggests that biking or walking is uncool – the tagline was “stop pedaling, start driving.” Read More

Categories: Global Warming, Vehicles  

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American People to Auto Dealers – Get a Clue

Increasing the fuel efficiency of our cars and trucks is one of the most effective steps we can take to save consumers money at the gas pump, clean up our air, and cut America’s oil dependence. Read More

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Clean, Fuel Efficient Cars for Our Kids

I’ve been working with my colleagues at the Union of Concerned Scientists to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions from cars and trucks for almost 20 years.  It has been a long road, but soon we hope to celebrate the culmination of two decades of hard work, Read More

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