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Top Clean Cars from the 2017 New York Auto Show

, senior policy analyst, Clean Vehicles

I just got back from checking out the 2017 New York Auto Show and eating a couple dirty water hotdogs in the process. Here are my top picks for the clean cars that were on display and headed to a showroom near you.

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How Clean Are the Newest EVs?

, senior engineer, Clean Vehicles

We have an online tool that lets you compare most of the EVs that have been sold over the last six years, and we’re continually updating our database with the latest models. Here are some of the latest additions. Read more >

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Two for One: A Very Bad Deal for Our Nation

David Friedman, , UCS

Imagine you are in the market for a new car. You are excited to buy one with a new technology that will warn you of an imminent crash so you have enough time to hit the brakes to save your son’s or daughter’s life and your own. The car salesman tells you that to get that one new feature, you have to give up two others, brakes and seat belts. The President’s “two-for-one” executive order created this situation for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and every other agency responsible for protecting American’s health and safety. Read more >

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What is EPA’s Vehicle Lab, and Why Should I Care How It’s Funded?

, senior vehicles analyst

More details have been released about the Trump administration’s plans to cut funding to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  In particular, it is nearly zeroing out the budget for the vehicles program, calling for the National Vehicle and Fuels Emission Laboratory (“Vehicle Lab”) in particular to be funded almost entirely by fees on industry “as quickly as possible” (i.e. as soon as never).  This could significantly undermine the enforcement of safeguards which protect American pocket books and public health from industry malfeasance, and it could put in jeopardy technical research that moves technology forward. Read more >

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President Trump’s Executive Orders Promise Energy Independence, But Deliver Trouble

, senior scientist, Clean Vehicles

President Trump signed an executive order instructing agency heads to take several steps toward “promoting energy independence and economic growth.” Energy independence and economic growth sound like good goals—just like everyone wants health care insurance with better coverage, more competition, and lower premiums. But Trump’s promises cannot be fulfilled through the measures he’s proposing. Read more >

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