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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]

Washington State Commits to Supporting a Growing EV Market

August 3, 2015 by Nick Nigro

EVs, States, and Business Models

The power and transportation sectors are the top two sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. So, for a state like Washington, that already relies on low-emission power and energy, transportation is the key opportunity to reduce emissions.[read more]

How a Green Fair Connection Helped the Environment and Employees

July 30, 2015 by Ellie Ramm

Green Transport

Using public transportation can help the planet because it is more fuel efficient. At a recent Green Fair in Springdale, Arkansas, we also learned just how much public transportation can help employees, especially those without a driver’s license or a car who struggle to get to work each day.[read more]

Vote for the Future of American Energy Security

July 22, 2015 by Robbie Diamond

Energy Technologies and the Future

Americans have enjoyed a break at the gas pump this summer. While all of us are relieved to spend less getting around during vacation time, consumers should be wary that this period of relatively affordable gasoline does not signal the achievement of American energy security.[read more]

Surging US SUV Sales: Why Increased Engine Performance May Augur Badly for Climate Targets

June 24, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

SUVs and Climate Change

According to the EPA, the majority of such transportation-related CO2 emissions result from the “combustion of petroleum-based products, like gasoline, in internal combustion engines” with the largest emitters being “passenger cars and light-duty trucks, including sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks, and minivans.”[read more]


What’s Good for the EV Is Good for the Utility

June 4, 2015 by Andy Stone

Utilities and Electric Vehicles

The role of utilities in the EV charging market has been a subject of debate in state capitols, where concern has been voiced that power companies have a natural operating advantage that could quash competition.[read more]

Sustainable Shipping and EPA's Truck Mileage Standards

June 2, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Trucks and GHG Emissions

Fuel efficient trucks will cost $12,000-$14,000 more than today's less efficient trucks, but given the amount of gas used by these vehicles and the amount of ground they cover, that cost will be recovered in less than two years.[read more]

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