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Bring Advanced Clean Vehicles to the Mass Market

Advances in car design and technology are yielding cleaner cars and more options for drivers, including electric cars, hybrids and plug-in hybrids. Recently announced fuel efficiency standards to deliver almost 55 mpg by 2025 will free drivers from high gas prices, reduce America’s dependence on oil and curb dangerous pollution. These higher standards will also ensure the American auto industry gets back to work creating innovative cars and leading the world in advanced vehicle manufacturing.

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Fuel Economy Continues Upward Climb to New Record

Posted October 8, 2014 by Luke Tonachel in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has crunched the numbers and the fleet of cars and light trucks sold with model year 2013 hit a new record of 24.1 miles per gallon (mpg). The latest Fuel Economy Trends report finds that...continued

Charge Ahead California Initiative Passes Overwhelmingly

Posted August 25, 2014 by Max Baumhefner in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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A child’s drawing posted on the door of Assembly Member Christina Garcia of Southeast Los Angeles, outlines a vision of placing 1 million electric cars, trucks, and buses on California’s streets within 10 years – a vision that  moved...continued

Poll: Overwhelming Support for Climate Action, Holding Polluters Accountable

Posted July 24, 2014 by Simon Mui in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Most Californians are concerned about climate threats and continue to support the state’s clean energy laws to reduce global warming emissions, including requiring oil companies to pay for their pollution just as other major polluters already do. That’s according to...continued

Taking the Train (or Bus), With Our Kids, to Energy Independence

Posted June 16, 2014 by Deron Lovaas in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Riding the rails with a kid is just plain fun. I love it when my daughter joins me on my commute to work, or even better when we go downtown to see a museum with friends. Suddenly the journey...continued

State Action Plan Helps Power Up Electric Vehicle Market

Posted May 29, 2014 by Luke Tonachel in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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The release of an action plan by state governments that hope to boost the visibility and use of electric vehicles is yet another sign the nation is moving deliberately toward getting gas-burners off the highways and cleaning up air pollution...continued

California Moves Closer Toward Clean Air for All

Posted May 27, 2014 by Max Baumhefner in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Imagine a California with substantially cleaner air and lower rates of asthma and cancer, especially in disadvantaged communities hardest hit by dangerous air pollution. Then imagine you’d be paying less in fuel costs – the equivalent of about $1 a...continued

Summer Driving Season Begins: California Climate Law Helping Cut Fuel Bills and Health Costs

Posted May 22, 2014 by Simon Mui in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Californians hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend will be able to go even farther on their gas money this year, thanks in part to implementation of key measures under California’s clean energy and climate law, AB32, including the Clean...continued

Charge Ahead Initiative Passes Another Key Vote

Posted April 30, 2014 by Max Baumhefner in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, U.S. Law and Policy

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California Senate Bill 1275, authored by Kevin de León, just cleared the Senate's Environmental Quality committee with bipartisan support, and is one step closer to becoming law. This legislation would establish the Charge Ahead California Initiative, which aims to deploy...continued

DOE Reboot of Auto Loans Will Deliver Cleaner Cars, Faster, Cheaper

Posted April 2, 2014 by Roland Hwang in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Clean energy got a boost today when Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the Department of Energy will jumpstart its stalled auto retooling loan program. This is good news for drivers who want cleaner cars, faster and cheaper. A successful restart of the...continued

My Birthday at Mt. Hood with Electric Car Charging

Posted February 28, 2014 by Max Baumhefner in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Below are remarks I delivered today at an event at the Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, the first ski resort in the country to host a DC fast charger for drivers to get back and forth to the mountain on electricity:...continued

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