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Interested in the 2017 Chevy Bolt? Here are its Global Warming Emissions…

, policy analyst, Clean Vehicles

Regardless of where you live, the Chevy Bolt’s carbon footprint will compare extremely well with the average gasoline-powered vehicle. Read more >

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The 3 Biggest Mistakes You’ll Read in Transportation Stories This Year

, vehicles analyst

This week marks the close of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and the opening of the show here in Washington, DC.  Following up on record-breaking 2015 auto sales as well as big debuts at both the Consumers Electronics Show and in Detroit, there’s been a lot of automotive coverage…not all of it good, unfortunately. For example, this piece in the Detroit News contains a whole host of errors common to coverage of the automotive industry—errors that this blog post is meant to help navigate. Read more >

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Southern California Gas Company's Aliso Canyon facility. Photo:  Scott L.

It’s The Largest Methane Leak in U.S. History. Who’s Responsible?

, senior fuels engineer

Perhaps the only thing growing as fast as the Powerball Jackpot this week is the liability that Southern California Gas Company faces for its massive natural gas leak discovered last October. The leak’s three month anniversary, on January 23rd, is expected to pass without any resolution, and current estimates are that it will not be stopped until at least March 2016. We know the leak has very negative implications for the climate—so what is happening to hold the company accountable for its impacts? Read more >

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Wind turbines gaze at a natural gas extraction plant. Photo: Craig Murphy

Earth to API—It’s 2016 (not 1916) and “Energy Voters” Want Renewables

, senior fuels engineer

Recent commercials funded by the American Petroleum Institute suggest expanded fossil fuel development will benefit “our children and our grandchildren”—an untruth that won’t work forever. Read more >

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President Obama during the 2014 State of the Union address. Photo: The White House

President Obama’s Final State of the Union: What to Expect, and What to Hope For

, director of strategy & policy

In his final State of the Union speech tomorrow night, President Obama will certainly have a lot to say about the economy, terrorism, gun control, and health care. But he is also likely to address climate change, energy, and other issues that UCS works on more directly. Here’s a look on what he’s likely to say on these issues, as well as some things he should say about them, but may not.

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