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Vehicle pollution is a major issue for human health and the environment.

The Northeast Should Limit Pollution from Transportation

, policy analyst

Taken together, the policies of Northeast states, from Maine to Maryland, have invested billions of dollars in clean energy sources such as solar, wind, and efficiency. In the process we have fundamentally changed the way electricity works in this region. The next big step for the states of the Northeast is to bring that same sense of commitment, ingenuity and purpose towards clean transportation. Read more >

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Hurricane Season’s Impact at the Pump and Why Fuel Efficiency Matters

, research and deputy director, Clean Vehicles

Gas prices are spiking. This week EIA reported an increase in the average price of gasoline of 28 cents per gallon – with some states seeing more than 40 cent increases. That’s the largest nationwide weekly gas price increase since hurricane Katrina in 2005.

What’s 28 cents worth you ask? More than a $100 million a day it turns out.

That’s bad, but it could be worse. Without vehicle fuel efficiency and emission standards that are currently in place, American drivers would be paying an average of $50 million more per day on fuel costs.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Care About Vehicle Efficiency and Emissions Standards

, senior policy analyst, Clean Vehicles

Merely typing “vehicle efficiency and emissions standards,” feels like I’m prompting you to click off in search of the latest cat meme or 8,000th story on President Trump. But the next battle in the war for better vehicles looms, and you can help defend against automaker efforts to rollback a program they agreed to not so long ago.

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Warehouses As an Environmental Justice Issue

Quan Yuan, Ph.D. candidate in Planning and Policy Development, , UCS

When we think of locally undesirable land uses, we often think of large power plants, puffing single plumes of pollution. But many plumes of pollution from trucks traveling to and from warehouses can have equally large impacts on health. Read more >

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Morgan Stanley Is Wrong About Tesla’s Electric Cars

, senior engineer, Clean Vehicles

Last week, investment bank Morgan Stanley was quoted as claiming electric vehicles are responsible for more global warming emissions than gasoline cars. The firm’s report says Tesla isn’t a ‘green’ company because of this (incorrect) conclusion. There are likely plenty of reasons to invest in the electric car and solar panel maker, and certainly many reasons not to bet on Tesla, but the false claim of dirty cars isn’t one of them. Why did Morgan Stanley get the wrong answer? Read more >

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