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Simon Mui, Scientist, Clean Vehicles and Fuels, San Francisco

Simon Mui
Before I came to NRDC, I worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., where I analyzed and authored studies on plug-in electric vehicles and on climate mitigation strategies for the transportation sector. I have also served as a fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, as an engineer developing lithium-ion batteries at a start-up company, and as a research consultant. I hold a doctorate in materials engineering from MIT, with a focus on electrochemistry and lithium ion batteries, as well as a master’s in technology policy.

Recent Posts

New Study: Overlooked Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Benefits Put Money in Californians' Pockets

Posted April 1, 2014 by Simon Mui in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Despite the foot-dragging and dire predictions from California’s oil lobby, the state’s groundbreaking Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is reducing carbon pollution and will save consumers $837 million per year by 2020 as a result of increased diversification and competition...continued

Auto Industry Exceeding California's Zero Emission Vehicles Standard (by A LOT)

Posted October 24, 2013 by Simon Mui in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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California's Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program, which is resulting in 3.3. million electric cars on the road by 2025 in California and nine other "Clean Car" states that have adopted the program, is up for some regulatory updates today before the...continued

New Study: Carbon Reduction Opportunities for Oil Industry Are Significant

Posted October 15, 2013 by Simon Mui in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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The production and use of petroleum-based fuels are responsible for approximately half of the state's entire carbon emissions. While the substitution of cleaner energy sources for crude oil, like advanced renewable fuels made from agricultural waste, is a key strategy...continued

New Study Demonstrates Many Ways to Cut Carbon Pollution, Meet the Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Posted June 13, 2013 by Simon Mui in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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A new study by ICF International, commissioned by a group of investors and clean fuel producers, was released today and found that faster-than-expected growth in many clean, alternative fuels would allow California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard to be met out...continued

Scientific Review Finds Fatal Flaws with Oil Industry Study of AB32

Posted May 9, 2013 by Simon Mui in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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An independent panel of scientific experts today reaffirmed that an oil industry association’s study of California’s landmark clean energy law (AB32), in particular the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, was flawed on a number of fronts, saying it did not “include...continued

LCFS "Red Flags" Don't Hold Up Under Scrutiny

Posted February 1, 2013 by Simon Mui in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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As a scientist working on clean fuel policies, I spend much of my time working to protect our environment, health, and economy from the negative, unintended consequences from petroleum use.    My colleagues at NRDC and the broader environmental community...continued

Oil Industry Attacks California's Oil Saving Measures Just When Consumers Need Them Most

Posted October 16, 2012 by Simon Mui in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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California consumers were treated to an early Halloween scare this month when retail gasoline prices surged as high as $5 per gallon. This latest spike was largely due to unplanned shutdowns of the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, an August explosion...continued

At It Again: Flawed Oil Industry Study Undermines California's Efforts to Provide More Clean Fuel Choices and Cut Our Oil Dependence

Posted June 20, 2012 by Simon Mui in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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The best way to create good American jobs, cut our energy costs, and protect our national security is to decrease our oil dependency. California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) which requires the oil industry to start investing in cleaner, alternative fuels is...continued

Four Facts on Gasoline Prices for the Memorial Day Weekend

Posted May 23, 2012 by Simon Mui in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Over thirty million Americans will be on the road this Memorial Day holiday weekend heading to vacation with family and friends according to a survey produced by the automobile group AAA.  With so many travelers inevitably having to stop at...continued

Thousands Gather in Los Angeles to Move Beyond Oil to Electric-Drive

Posted May 7, 2012 by Simon Mui

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Thousands of stakeholders from over twenty countries and five continents gather this week in Los Angeles to attend the International Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS26) to discuss moving the plug-in electric vehicle industry forward. Automakers such as Ford, GM, Nissan and...continued

Industry's Exorbitant Cost Claims about Renewable Fuels Don't Hold Water

Posted April 26, 2012 by Simon Mui in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which requires oil companies to supply the market with cleaner, alternative fuels, had a big win on Monday when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked a trial court’s injunction. The standard will now...continued

A Good Day for All Families: California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard Moves Forward

Posted April 23, 2012 by Simon Mui in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked an injunction today against California's low carbon fuel standard (LCFS). The original injunction was issued by the trial court (U.S. District Court, Fresno) in late 2011. As David Pettit, our senior attorney stated here:...continued

Oil industry claims to make only one-third of actual profits

Posted April 10, 2012 by Simon Mui in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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In my last blog, I posted estimates on how much of the money you spend on gas is going to the oil industry’s profits. Our updated estimate shows that 23 cents of every dollar you spent on gasoline in February...continued

Following the money: who's profiting from your pain at the pump?

Posted March 26, 2012 by Simon Mui in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, U.S. Law and Policy

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Last week, gasoline prices soared once again to an average of $3.87/gallon nationally. With drivers paying on average $60 to fill up their tank, it’s no wonder that consumers are feeling gouged. But how much is Big Oil profiting from your...continued

Canada's Pro-Oil Lobbying Efforts: On the Wrong Side of History

Posted February 23, 2012 by Simon Mui in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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The European Union failed to achieve a decisive vote today on its Fuels Quality Directive and will need to revisit the issue in June of this year, after an intense lobbying campaign by Canadian government officials and Big Oil. The standards would cut European dependence on...continued

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