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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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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

EPA Adopts Stronger Standards on Gasoline and Cars to Reduce Smog and Soot

Posted February 28, 2014 by Luke Tonachel in Curbing Pollution

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Over 130 million Americans live in counties with unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to the American Lung Association. In those areas, automobiles are responsible for as much as 45 percent of the emissions that dirty the air with smog...continued

New Truck Efficiency Standards Make Sense

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

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The transportation sector accounts for roughly one-third of national carbon dioxide emissions, and is the second largest emitter behind power plants. On-road vehicles account for 80 percent of transportation emissions, and after cars, trucks are the second biggest polluters. That’s...continued

Obama Reaffirms Commitment to Climate Action in State of the Union

Posted January 29, 2014 by Frances Beinecke in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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President Obama forcefully reaffirmed his commitment to curbing carbon pollution in the State of the Union Address last night.  He said unequivocally that climate change poses significant threats to our environment, our health, and our economy. “Climate change is a...continued

Supreme Court Briefs Filed in Carbon Pollution Permits Case

Posted January 23, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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On Tuesday, NRDC and other environmental groups filed their brief in the latest Supreme Court case about climate change.  This case, called Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, will decide whether the Clean Air Act's permitting requirements apply to major industrial...continued

Fuel Economy Hits Record High: EPA Report

Posted December 12, 2013 by Luke Tonachel in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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The official numbers are in. In its new Fuel Economy Trends report the U.S. EPA finds that new automobiles sold in model year 2012 averaged a record-high 23.6 miles per gallon (sticker value) and that model year 2013 is expected...continued

Shifting Gears: The New Direction of the Auto Industry

Posted December 7, 2013 by David Murray in Green Enterprise, Moving Beyond Oil

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The American auto industry is often compared to a battleship: large, powerful, but tough to turn. Yet by taking steps to move beyond oil, the industry is in a period of rapid transformation. And this means great things for Millennials....continued

The Tussle Over Transit in the Triangle

Posted November 15, 2013 by Rob Perks in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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I recently returned from a transportation conference in Raleigh, North Carolina on the economic benefits of building a light rail system to connect the Triangle region (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill). The event -- dubbed the "Transit Makes $ense" summit -- was organized...continued

Charging Ahead Towards Dollar-a-Gallon Clean Fuel

Posted November 14, 2013 by Max Baumhefner in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Today, NRDC joins a diverse coalition of community, health, and environmental groups to launch the Charge Ahead California campaign to deploy one million electric cars, trucks, and buses in the state within ten years.  The campaign includes the American Lung...continued

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