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Battery Pack for BMW-i3 Electric Vehicle (at Munich Trade-Show Electronica). Photo: RudolfSimon CC-BY-2.0 (Wikimedia)

Electric Vehicles, Batteries, Cobalt, and Rare Earth Metals 

, senior policy analyst, Clean Vehicles

The case for switching to electric vehicles (EVs) is nearly settled. They are cheaper to use, cut emissions, and offer a whisper quiet ride. One of the last arguments available to the EV-hater club, which is largely comprised of thinly veiled oil-industry front groups funded by the Koch brothers, focuses on the impacts from the materials used to make an EV’s battery pack.

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Boston Traffic. Photo: Sarah Nichols CC-BY-2.0 (Flickr)

Why Cap and Invest Is the Right Solution for Massachusetts Transportation

, policy analyst

Over the past decade, Massachusetts has helped lead the nation towards clean and renewable sources of electricity.

Under the Global Warming Solutions Act, Massachusetts established the strongest legally binding limits on global warming pollution in the country. Massachusetts leadership helped establish the first regional limits on pollution from power plants through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. We have the most efficient economy in the country, saving consumers millions on our energy bills. We have abolished the use of coal, we have created over 100,000 clean energy jobs, and last year Massachusetts made an investment in offshore wind that will make us a national leader in that technology.

But most of the progress that we have made is in the electricity sector. When it comes to transportation, we have tried but struggled to make overall progress.

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Biofuel research in San Diego. Photo: Steve Jurvetson, CC-BY-2.0 (Flickr)

Setting the Record Straight on EVs and Biofuels

, senior scientist, Clean Vehicles

Cutting oil use and transportation emissions is a big job, that will require both electric vehicles and biofuels. Read more >

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Why Are So Many Car Companies Making Big EV Announcements?

, senior engineer, Clean Vehicles

If you’ve been reading the news lately you might have noticed a trend in the automotive news: major car brands are announcing their transition plans to go electric. Why is this happening now and what does it mean for the industry and the environment? Read more >

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Is Your Representative Setting Us Up for Another Dieselgate?

, Sr. Washington Representative

[Update, 10/25/17, 11:45am: Click here to tell Congress to stop Diselgate 2.0]

Remember dieselgate? The Volkswagen scandal that led to huge emissions of harmful air pollution from their cars, criminal charges, and a $30 billion mea culpa? Well, dieselgate may be small compared to the new emissions scandal that is playing out across the country. This time, however, the emissions cheating would be explicitly allowed by Congress. Read more >

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