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Off-shoring Opposition To Vehicle Fuel Economy: Toyota Stalls Mexican Standards

What’s the bestselling car in California? For the first 9 months of 2012, it was Toyota’s family of Prius hybrids. One might assume that a car company with such a successful vehicle efficiency technology — a technology they recently announced will be in as many as 21 models by 2015 — wouldn’t stand in the way of  making more efficient vehicles available to millions of car buyers in Mexico.  Well think again. Read More

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California Charts a Course for Clean Air: Can We Get There from Here?

Imagine that 8 out of 10 cars on California roads release no tailpipe emissions, that the telltale exhaust plumes of soot from ships sailing into our ports are no longer visible, and that freight trains run on electricity. These are a few examples of what California air quality regulators, including the Air Resources Board and the air districts of the San Joaquin Valley and South Coast regions, envision in the recently released Vision for Clean Air. Read More

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Cars and Mars

Ever have a dream and wake up to find out that it wasn’t a dream after all – that you were actually living the dream?  I think that must be how many of the NASA engineers felt when the rover Curiosity landed on Mars earlier this month, but such dreams aren’t confined to outer space exploration. Right here on the Blue Planet, dreams really can come true…even in Washington, DC, during the so-called “silly season” that is an election year. Read More

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New “Attributes” of the Clean Vehicle Standards

In order to grasp vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy rules, the first thing to understand is the so-called “attribute-based system.” In this second part of our “Anatomy of a Rule” mini-series, we’re going to take a moment to demystify it. Read More

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Clean Vehicle Standards: Anatomy of a Rule

They say honesty is the best policy. My vote is for vehicle standards. Puns aside, it’s true that today’s cars are safer, cleaner, and more fuel-efficient than their predecessors because of vehicle standards. But let’s face it, outside of the folks who deal with these regulations on a daily basis, very few people have any idea how they work, or what they will (and won’t) do. Worse yet, a lot of misinformation exists on these topics. Enter this first post in a new blog mini-series. Read More

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A Good Week for Clean Cars – Unless You Are in the House of Representatives

This week provided 4 important reminders of why we need standards that require the auto industry to build cleaner, more fuel efficient cars and trucks and the benefits these standards will bring for our health, economy and environment. Read More

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A Cooler Smarter Government Of The People, By The People, and For The People

You know, I get it. People have been understandably frustrated about high gas prices, the slow pace of the economic recovery, and gridlock in Washington. Approval of Congress is in the cellar and there are doubts about the ability of our government to put us on the right track. But our government can still work, even when it comes to climate change. We’ve got to put in effort to get there, but we can deliver. Don’t believe me? Well, let me give you an example from our new book, Cooler Smarter. Read More

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Congressional Budget Office Embraces Fiction in Latest Analysis

Following the old adage, “Never let the facts get in the way of a good story,” the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a report last week blaming an upcoming set of vehicle fuel economy and emissions standards for an anticipated gaping deficit in the Highway Trust Fund. Salacious as it may sound, CBO’s analysis rings far closer to fiction than reality. Read More

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Mile by Mile, Electric Vehicles Show Us the Money

Tired of pump price volatility? You might want to check out an electric car. Read More

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Take A Bite (of Meat) Out of Global Warming

What’s the biggest dietary change you can make to reduce global warming emissions? Eat less meat, especially beef. “But I love steak, chicken, and pork,” you say. “There must be another way to fight global warming!” Actually, there is. According to UCS’ new book, Cooler Smarter: A Practical Guide to Low-Carbon Living, eating less meat is just one of the many choices you can make to reduce your personal global warming emissions. Read More

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