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The Lugar Energy Plan: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

David Doniger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Doniger

Sen. Lugar is a realist who has long acknowledged the dangers of global warming, and who cares deeply about the U.S.'s leadership role in solving tough international problems. But his bill falls short

The Senate Votes in Favor of Science, Oil Savings, and Climate Action

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Today the Senate made the smart choice of voting down Sen. Murkowski's resolution to undermine the EPA's authority to reduce global warming pollution.

Obama on Energy: Two Steps Forward, One Big Step Back

Erich Pica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Erich Pica

The Obama administration's decision to open 167 million acres of pristine ocean to drilling is poor policy. It threatens our coastal communities while perpetuating our dependence on dirty fossil fuels.

Strategies for Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles Leading to Less Pollution

Howard Learner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Howard Learner

Plug-in hybrid vehicles like the forthcoming Chevy Volt will pollute less than "traditional" hybrids like the Toyota Prius, but only in areas where coal plants supply less than 50% of the power mix.

The Best of Weeks and the Worst of Weeks

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Obama is clearly one for two on this week's energy announcements. Increased fuel efficiency standards are a genuine advancement, but the President could have, and needs to, do better.

Obama Goes Forward on Clean Cars, Backward on Offshore Drilling

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

I do not support President Obama's decision to open vast areas of our oceans to offshore drilling. Expanding offshore drilling will take us backward, not forward.

Obama Should Tell Canada's Prime Minister No Thanks on Tar Sands Expansion

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

My hope is that Obama will not sign on to any joint statements that will help Harper ramp up tar sands production -- a process that accelerates global warming and denudes Canada's great boreal forest.

California Dreamin': EPA Grants Landmark Waiver on Greenhouse Gases

David Doniger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Doniger

The Environmental Protection Agency is putting the federal seal of approval on California's leadership in cleaning up global warming pollution from our cars, SUVs, pickups, and minivans.

Everybody Wins With Obama's Clean Cars Plan, Including a California Teacher

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

NRDC and other environmental groups have long called for federal regulations of global warming emissions from cars. But it is heartening to see the auto industry finally back such an effort as well.

Use Your Cell Phone Cam to Tell EPA You Want Clean Cars

Josh Dorner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Dorner

This Thursday, we'll be delivering photos of folks from around the country, holding car keys (or bike lock keys or even just your house keys), and saying, "EPA is the key to cleaner cars."

"Dirty Driving"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Jerry Zezima

Four years ago, when I turned 50, I got a new car. Suddenly, I turned over a new leaf and, for the first time since I got my driver's license, cleaned up my act.