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Who Breathes the Dirtiest Air from Vehicles in Minnesota?

, Senior vehicles engineer

Most people know that cars, trucks, and buses from our highways and city streets are a significant source of harmful air pollution. While this pollution impacts all communities in the state to some degree, Minnesotans who face the greatest exposure to transportation pollution are those who live near highways, along major freight corridors, and in urban areas.

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A public charger for an electric vehicle in Bemidji, MN
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Minnesota Utility Programs Are Latest Target in Oil Industry War on EVs

, Clean Vehicles Analyst

The oil industry has undertaken a concerted effort to discredit and delay electric vehicle (EV) adoption in Minnesota, and the State’s Public Utilities Commission has become a key venue for the fight over the future of utility EV programs and EV adoption generally. At the Commission, groups of oil-interested parties have been exercising all avenues open to them to work against EVs. Read more >

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Damaged road in Bethel, VT caused by Hurricane Irene
Hurricane Irene caused severe damage to roads and homes in Bethel, VT US Fish & Wildlife Service

Why Rural Communities Need Clean Transportation

, policy analyst

Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire got it exactly backwards when he withdrew New Hampshire from the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) by suggesting that the program is unfair to rural communities.

You know what is really unfair to rural communities? Climate change.

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Cars are lined waiting for prospective buyers willing to take the first step in the buying process
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Trump Administration Moves to Finalize Extremely Dumb Fuel Economy and Vehicle Emissions Rule

, senior vehicles analyst

A little over a year ago, EPA and NHTSA proposed rolling back fuel economy and vehicle emissions standards based on deeply flawed analysis. Earlier this month, EPA and NHTSA finally got around to “fixing” the plethora of errors and have submitted the updated rule over to the Office of Management and Budget for review before finalization. A few details have now been reported about the contents of the rule and extent of the “fix,” and they are so mindbogglingly stupid that I feel I need to share them with you.

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Female passenger gets into Uber
California regulators recently assessed emissions from ride-hailing, finding that carbon intensity of ride-hailing trips per passenger is 50 percent higher than average California passenger vehicle trips. Source: SB1014 Clean Miles Standard 2018 Base-year Emissions Inventory Report /Uber Newsroom

Electrifying Ride-hailing: Part 1 – Six Reasons Why Uber and Lyft Must Go Electric

, research and deputy director, Clean Vehicles

Use of ride-hailing, like Uber and Lyft, has exploded since it was first introduced a decade ago, and continues to grow. These services are becoming a significant percentage of miles driven in some urban cores, raising concerns about congestion impacts, rising climate emissions, and impacts on transit systems. Addressing these challenges will be critical to ensuring that ride-hailing contributes to a more sustainable, equitable, and low-carbon transportation system that is so critically needed. In this blog series, I will tackle just one these challenges – pollution from ride-hailing – and focus on one critical strategy for getting ride-hailing on a lower carbon path – electrified rides.

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