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Why Do You Love your Hybrid or Electric Car?

Love it or hate it, the car culture is a big part of the American identity. People just love talking about their cars, and I get to hear a lot of inspiring car stories because of what I do.  Read More

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Car Companies Embrace a Different Kind of Climate Change, Oil Industry Threatens to Sue

When I think about climate change, the images that come quickly to mind are of melting polar ice caps, heat waves, droughts, and severe flooding. This kind of climate change, or global warming, is one of the biggest problems UCS is trying to help slow and ultimately stop.  Read More

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In the City of Brotherly Love, Much Love for Clean Car Standards

I’m in Philadelphia today, testifying at a public hearing on the recently proposed model year 2017-2025 vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards. Read More

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Iran Oil Threats, Yet Another Reason to Resolve to Cut Our Oil Use

I’m off by a week, but…Happy New Year! I hope everyone resolved to buy a higher fuel economy or electric car or to find alternatives to driving all the time, because it looks like it could be yet another year of oil and gasoline price spikes, thanks yet again to Middle East security issues.  Read More

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Gone Fishin’: Chairman Issa Seeks Clean Car Controversy Where There Is None

Fishing is great sport. My dad and I used to go fishing for skipjacks (baby bluefish) off Rocky Point in Rhode Island. It is great for relaxing, for bonding with family and friends, and, if you are both patient and lucky, it can put some good food on the table.   Read More

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One Incredible Day for the Future of the Automobile

Yes, it is worth repeating. Today is one incredible day for the future of the automobile, public health, America’s oil addiction, and global warming.  Read More

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BMW’s New Take on Clean Cars: Hand Sanitizer?

BMW of North America recently announced that it is launching a new “all-natural” hand sanitizer and moisturizer called Purif-i. In their press release, the company says that, “The unique collaboration between a natural cosmetics manufacturer and the BMW i mobility brand is an example of how nature and technology can work together and effectively enhance each other.” It goes on to note that, “Purif-i was created for the BMW i generation, a generation always in search of products that not only make life in megacities easier, but also minimize environmental impact. ”

As a parent of a toddler, I’ve got no beef with hand sanitizer, and I know I’m not in BMW’s marketing niche (my wife and I own ten-year-old cars and bike to work about half the time), but come on, seriously? Read More

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The Latest News on Gas Prices is Bad News for Our Economic Recovery

Across the country, articles are showing up with the news that gasoline prices are down anywhere from three to fifteen cents since last week. The average drop was six cents per gallon according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

That sounds like good news, no? Well, there’s a catch… Read More

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Oil For Jobs – Why Fuel Economy Standards Are Good for the Economy

Jobs are pretty much the talk of the town these days. Politicians want to create them, the employed want to keep them, and the unemployed want to get them.  At the same time the vast majority of American consumers, nearly 90 percent according to this Consumer Federation of America Survey, think its important to reduce our oil consumption.

What if we could trade some of our oil dependence for more jobs? Read More

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