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While You Were Distracted by Keystone XL

November 23, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Earlier this month, after a debate that spanned nearly the entire duration of his presidency, President Obama finally rejected the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project. He had been heavily criticized on this issue from many angles, including by me, for his long-running failure to make a decision.[read more]


Sharing the Road to Zero Emissions, Part 1: More ZEVs Provide Customer Choice

November 6, 2015 by Morry Markowitz

With carmakers bringing new technologies to the marketplace, it’s time to end the confusion about electric vehicles. Debates have raged about the merits of battery electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles, with strong arguments for one option over the other, as if the market was a zero-sum game.[read more]

Dyson-Sakti3 Deal Provides a Window on the Emerging Battery Technology World

October 26, 2015 by James Greenberger

In another decade or two we may know more certainly whether the Western or Asian approach to developing new advanced battery technologies has been the most successful. With respect to this question, the new investments by Dyson, Bosch and Volkswagen should bear close scrutiny.[read more]

EU Environment and Climate Policy Briefing: All You Need to Know for October [VIDEO]

October 19, 2015 by David Thual

October Energy News

In this Brussels Briefing on Environment for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Sonja van Renssen provides an overview of the latest EU environment and climate policy developments, including information on the upcoming COP 21 conference in Paris.[read more]

Natural Gas Pipelines Under Construction Will Move Gas from Azerbaijan to Southern Europe

October 14, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Gas Pipelines in Europe

For more than a decade, companies have been announcing proposals to build new natural gas pipelines to connect natural gas resources in Russia, Central Asia, and the Middle East with consumers in southern Europe. Most of these projects have failed to advance.[read more]

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State Of The Plug-In Electric Vehicle Market, October 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 9, 2015 by Leslie Hayward

The Electric Vehicle Market

In this latest update to the State of the Electric Vehicle Market Infographic, we look at various facets of the U.S. market: Monthly sales, cumulative sales, market share broken down by model, the status of infrastructure, and fuel prices compared to gasoline vehicles.[read more]


Could Congress's Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban Threaten U.S. Energy Security?

October 2, 2015 by John Miller

Oil Export Ban and Energy Security

Congress may soon be addressing the export of energy by fully lifting the 40 year old United States crude oil export ban. Is this proposal in the best interests of the U.S., and can it be done without significant risks to either U.S. energy security or the economy?[read more]

Why Are California’s Gasoline Prices So High?

September 29, 2015 by Severin Borenstein

Cali Gas Prices

“What?” you may be saying “Gas prices are lower than they have been in a long time.” You see, while oil prices have been falling across the country, the gap between California gas prices and the rest of the U.S. has climbed to higher levels for a longer stretch than at any time in the last 20 years.[read more]

Volkswagen Needs to Adopt 21st Century Sustainability Management

September 29, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Volkswagen's deliberate and systematic effort to violate clean air rules is a shameful scandal, but it is also an example of management incompetence. Like BP's inability to manage its drilling contractors in the Gulf of Mexico, it is an example of massive and predictable management failure.[read more]

Are There Other VWs out There?

September 28, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

After more than a year of investigation, EPA discovered that Volkswagen AG, Audi AG and Volkswagen Group of America deliberately cheated the emissions test of the Environmental Protection Agency. The company circumvented Clean Air Act laws with the use of a software "defeat device."[read more]

VW's Deepwater Horizon?

September 24, 2015 by Maximilian Auffhammer

Volkswagen Fraud

Last week one of the biggest environmental scandals since the Deepwater Horizon disaster made its way to somewhere near the bottom of page 11 of most major newspapers. VW admitted to systematically cheating on emissions tests of its Diesel vehicles. This might sound snoozy, until you read up on the details.[read more]

Study: Electric Vehicles Can Dramatically Reduce Carbon Pollution from Transportation, and Improve Air Quality

September 18, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Air Quality and Transportation

Producing the electricity to power electric vehicles can generate emissions. But those emissions levels are far lower than the pollution emitted by conventional vehicles, and could be even lower as the electric power sector cleans up over next few decades, according to a new report issued recently.[read more]

Gasoline Prices in Week Before Labor Day Lowest in 11 Years

September 7, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Gas Prices and Low Costs

The U.S. average retail price for regular gasoline was $2.51/gallon (g) on August 31, the lowest price for the Monday before Labor Day since 2004, and 95¢/g lower than the same time last year. Declines in crude oil prices are the main driver behind falling U.S. gasoline prices.[read more]

How China is Taking Major Steps to Control Shipping Air Pollution

September 3, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China and Shipping Pollution

In a series of announcements over the weekend and on Monday, the Chinese government took several important steps in order to finally control emissions from their shipping activities. Pollution of this kind has, until now, been virtually unregulated.[read more]

China's First 3rd-Party Study on Regional Air Quality Management Across 30 Provinces

September 2, 2015 by Jenny Tang

China Air Quality

In 2013, China State Council issued the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan 2013-2017 (aka “Ten Measures of Air”), setting a new precedent for governmental air pollution management efforts. One year after the Action Plan’s launch, what have China’s provinces and cities done to meet these requirements?[read more]

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