Josh Goldman

Senior policy and legal analyst

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Josh Goldman is a senior policy and legal analyst, managing legislative and regulatory campaigns to help develop and advance policies that reduce U.S. oil use.

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Top Clean Cars for 2019 and 2020 

Looking to clean up your commute? Choosing a less polluting vehicle is one of the biggest things you can do to combat climate change and fortunately for you, I just got back from the DC and NY Auto Shows where automakers displayed the latest and greatest clean vehicles coming to a showroom near you.

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US Global Warming Emissions under President Trump: 3 Striking Findings from New EPA Report

The EPA just released its latest annual report on US greenhouse gas emissions. This year’s edition is notable because it includes information for the first time about global warming emissions that have occurred during the President Trump era. To spare you the trouble of digging through all 667 pages of the full report, here are a few key findings that run the gamut from good to bad to downright ugly. Read more >

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Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Hangs in the Balance

Today, I’m reporting on the legislative tug-of-war over the $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles. Fossil fuel interests on one end, literally everyone else on the other. This fight arose when the suits over at Exxon, Shell, and Koch Industries became worried about the potential of electric vehicles (EVs) to mess with their 90 percent share of transportation fuel in the U.S. And you know what? They should be worried. The EV market is small but growing fast, and there have been tons of production milestones and new model releases over the past quarter. Read more >

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Is Tesla Doomed? The cases for and against the electric vehicle pioneer.

Tesla is at a crossroads. Earlier this month the California company hit the limit for the electric vehicle (EV) federal tax credit, meaning the full $7,500 credit will only be available to those who are delivered a Tesla before the end of 2018. As a result, Tesla’s already expensive vehicles are set to get even more expensive, especially compared to other EVs that still qualify for the tax credit. I don’t want to predict what exactly will happen to Tesla. Instead, I can detail why Tesla may succeed or fail irrespective of the broader EV industry, which is set to overtake gasoline-powered vehicles over the next decade. Read more >

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Court Says Agency Can’t Indefinitely Delay Implementation of Obama-era Rules

Here is a beacon of good news to temporarily brighten your dark and stormy social media feeds. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit struck down an attempt by the Trump Administration to indefinitely delay a rule that was set to increase the fines automakers must pay for failing to meet fuel economy targets. Though Elaine Chao and the Department of Transportation have already begun a rulemaking to rollback the fine increase that was finalized during the last days of the Obama Administration, at least they now cannot indefinitely delay the effectiveness of the rule while they go through the rigmarole of rolling it back.

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