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The Top 3 Trends to Expect at the LA Auto Show

, senior engineer, Clean Vehicles

The 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show opens this week and we’re there to bring you the latest and greatest on green car tech. Read more >

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How to Calculate Electric Vehicle Emissions by ZIP Code and Model

, policy analyst, Clean Vehicles

Internet! As you may have heard, the UCS Clean Vehicles squad just released a new report that definitively answers the question: are electric vehicles (EVs) cleaner than gas-powered vehicles? After two years of gathering and crunching data, we found that the average battery electric vehicle sold today is responsible for less than half the global warming emissions of comparable gasoline-powered vehicles.

So yes, EVs are awesome for the environment – and your wallet. But just how awesome? To help you #humblebrag about how clean EVs are in your neck of the woods, we developed this handy online tool that calculates emissions for almost every EV on the market for every zipcode in the U.S. Check it out and share it with your networks. I’ll give you unlimited internet points. Read more >

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Gasoline vs Electric—Who Wins on Lifetime Global Warming Emissions? We Found Out

, engineer and Kendall Science Fellow

I’m excited to introduce our newest analysis on electric cars, titled: Cleaner Cars from Cradle to Grave: How Electric Cars Beat Gasoline Cars in Lifetime Global Warming Emissions. After years of mixed messages on whether electric vehicles (EVs) really are better for the environment, we’re pleased to provide one of the most comprehensive answers to date (sneak peek: yes, they’re cleaner by 50 percent). Here’s what we’ve found…

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Hey Congress—Don’t Let Automakers Undercut Fuel Standards with Phony Credits!

, vehicles analyst

Whether it’s the Volkswagen debacle (which continues to get worse), the massive Takata airbag recall involving just about every car company on the planet, or the GM ignition switch scandal, automakers have been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons. So it was no surprise when the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives recently held a hearing on draft legislation regarding vehicles and roadway safety. After all, Congress should hold deceitful automakers accountable for their actions, and they should help ensure access to safe, clean vehicles.

It was a surprise, though, to see hidden provisions that would award fuel economy credits for safety technologies. If you are asking yourself, “What in the world does safety have to do with fuel economy?” you are not alone …

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Oil Industry Money Buying Too Much Influence in California

, director, California & Western States

It’s been clear to a lot of people for a long time that there’s too much money in politics, and in California the statistics clearly indicate there is too much oil money in politics. Lobbying expenses by oil companies in California reached an astonishing $11 million from July through September of 2015. The third-quarter lobbying expenses paid for an expensive campaign this past summer by Big Oil to derail an oil-reduction provision in California’s ambitious climate legislation, SB 350 (De León and Leno). If that’s not startling enough, the oil industry has spent an eye-popping total of $17.7 million so far this year to influence California energy policies with three months still to go. That annual amount (which is bound to go up even more by year’s end) averages to $147,500 per legislator—a lot more than California’s 120 state senators and assembly members make in their annual salaries. Read more >

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