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Energy Efficiency: Put Down the Keys, Step Away From the Vehicle

September 17, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

The idea of pushing a ton of metal to move 200 pounds of flesh is just insanely inefficient. This doesn't even account for the energy used in maintaining the infrastructure and building the roads; It is an inherently stupid way to design a transportation system.[read more]


Benefits of Blocking the Keystone XL Pipeline: Facts or Myths?

September 10, 2013 by John Miller

Keystone Pipeline Facts and Myths

The Keystone XL pipeline is being strongly opposed due to claims that the U.S. and the World would benefit more without completing this project. After carefully examining the factors for opposing the pipeline, are these advocated benefits reasonable?[read more]

Do Crude Oil Shipments Make Rail Less Safe?

September 9, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

It’s been nearly two months since a train loaded with crude oil from North Dakota derailed and exploded in the Canadian town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Since the accident authorities have focused on ascertaining the cause of the accident and determining how best to improve rail safety.[read more]

Part 1: Millennial Trains Project Explores Energy Innovation in Utah

August 19, 2013 by Matthew Stepp

Capitol Energy Report

During his Millennial Trains Project trip, Matthew Stepp visited the Energy Commercialization Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he met with entrepreneurs, scientists, and investors involved in building the city's standing as a major regional hub of energy innovation.[read more]

5 Elements of Sustainable Transportation

August 8, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson

Sustainable Transport

Transport is responsible for around a seventh of greenhouse gas emissions globally. Of these emissions almost two thirds are the result of passenger travel while the rest is due to freight. So passenger travel should be considered a big deal for climate.[read more]

Could Natural Gas Fuel a Trucking Revolution?

July 24, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

Fuel transitions take time, but for now, gas looks like a strong contender to provide a cleaner, cheaper fuel practical for long-distance trucking. This is a trend worth watching.[read more]

Are America's Youth Falling Out of Love With the Car?

July 4, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson

Youth Without Cars

Between 2001 and 2009 car travel by American youth declined 23%! That isn’t a typo, it’s an outlier. Like solar panel prices dropping by 80% in five years, or Indian grid losses being 25% of total generation.[read more]

Will the Future of Rail Run on Wind Energy?

July 4, 2013 by David Thorpe

Wind Energy Powering Rails

Britain's electrified railways could be up to 70% powered by wind turbines placed alongside the tracks, if a trial getting underway, part-funded by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, is successful.[read more]


Can 'Smart Driver' Technology Reduce U.S. Carbon Emissions?

June 24, 2013 by John Miller

Carbon Emission Reduction

The U.S. has made good progress towards reduced petroleum consumption and associated carbon emissions, but despite new standards, petroleum consumption is projected to remain unchanged for at least 10 years.[read more]

Where Do All The Presidential Candidates Stand on Transportation?

December 27, 2011 by Deron Lovaas

Last week in New Hampshire, and this week in South Carolina, Mitt Romney fielded questions about our deteriorating infrastructure. This is an important environmental issue, since potholes and traffic don’t mix well. Consequently, you get more congestion on our roads. And congestion means idling engines and more pollution. It’s also...[read more]

Toward 2 Way Powerflow on the Smartgrid

December 6, 2011 by Dick DeBlasio

Through Smart Grid rollout over decades, the world could bring reliable electricity delivery to more regions, create new economic opportunities, reduce carbon footprint andcreate a more cost-efficient facility for power delivery. But all of those potential benefits,to varying degree, are predicated on enabling an end-to-end system of two-way powerflow in which consumers would not only draw from the grid but also store and feed energy back to it.[read more]

Learn to Love the Gas Tax

December 4, 2011 by Rob Perks

The North Carolina legislature just narrowly derailed a bill that would have prevented any possible increase in the state's gasoline tax. That's a good thing. By that I mean it's good that the state Senate declined to act on the bill after it passed in the House. You see, if enacted, the state's 35 cent per gallon...[read more]

New Fuel Economy Proposal Would Bring Major Oil Savings

November 21, 2011 by Therese Langer

Federal agencies have formally proposed standards that would raise average car and light truck fuel economy to nearly 50 miles per gallon by 2025, up from the current average new auto fuel economy of about 28 miles per gallon. The National Highway Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency acted jointly to propose...[read more]

Politicians Agree To Invest in Transportation for Economy

September 9, 2011 by Deron Lovaas

In his long-awaited speech on jobs today, President Obama reinforced his support for investing in America’s transportation infrastructure. The President calls for Congress to pass an American Jobs Act “right away.” Impressively, the bill includes about $60 billion to fund projects such as new transit lines in Denver and Houston, which...[read more]

What Could We Substitute For Canadian Tar Sands Oil?

September 1, 2011 by A Siegel

This is a guest post from the thoughtful BruceMcF. There has recently been a flurry of activism regarding regulatory approval of the “XL Pipeline” in support of bitumen production from Canadian Tar Sands. Along with hundreds arrested in front of the White House, this is an issue that has attracted substantial attention from a variety...[read more]