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How Should America Fund Its Highways in the 21st Century?

The Conversation US | Posted 02.08.2016 | Green
The Conversation US

Cheap gasoline raises the perennial question over how the U.S. funds its transportation infrastructure -- a key rationale behind Obama's proposed oil tax. And it makes electric vehicles (EVs) and biofuels less competitive on price, hindering U.S. efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption. Can the U.S. continue to fund upkeep of its infrastructure and reduce emissions from transportation?

Bill Nye Has A Brilliant Idea To Transform NASCAR

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 01.29.2016 | Technology

Has the time come for NASCAR to go green -- and help save the world? Bill Nye thinks so. In an emotional new blog post, America's beloved "Science Gu...

A Self-Driving Electric Bus Is About To Hit Public Roads

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 01.28.2016 | Technology

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - An electric, driverless shuttle bus will take to the Dutch public roads on Thursday, rolling six passengers along a 200 meter (...

December 2015: Best Month Ever for Electric Vehicle Sales in U.S., Despite Incredibly Low Gas Prices

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 01.10.2016 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

In December, when gas prices were the lowest they've been since 2009, U.S. consumers bought more electric vehicles than in any month ever. That month, 13,650 drivers bought or leased a new Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, Chevy Volt, Ford Fusion Energi, BMW i3, i8 and X5, or the many other models available.

Electric Vehicles Take Center Stage at the Connecticut Auto Show

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 11.25.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

At this year's Connecticut Auto show, electric vehicles (EVs) stole the show. In fact, the Hartford Courant's headline said it all: "Connecticut International Auto Show Opens With Focus on Electric Cars." With thousands of participants in attendance, the show was the perfect arena to educate people about the wide range of benefits of EVs.

The Small Steps That Will Lead to a Low-Carbon Economy

Steven Cohen | Posted 11.23.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

The COP21 talks in Paris are the time and place for those discussions. But after the conference, when everyone comes home, these large-scale policy discussions will be replaced by small-scale management decisions and the day-to-day actions that will reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.

How Zero-Emission Buses Make Our Cities Healthier

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 11.12.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

With lower operating and fuel costs, slashed carbon emissions, and the ability to decrease asthma rates, zero emission buses are the cleaner, greener, and healthier transportation option. Many more transit agencies should climb on board.

Forget Vegas, Nevada is Now About Reno and Lithium

James Stafford | Posted 10.28.2015 | Business
James Stafford

As the state's southwest corner fills up with new lithium players, Tesla gears up for its battery gigafactory and the world's largest data center sets up shop, Nevada is poised for one of the greatest economic revival stories of the century.

New Report: How Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States Stack Up in Getting Electric Vehicles On the Road

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 10.29.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

September marked one million electric vehicles (EVs) on the road worldwide. This is an incredible number that demonstrates the growing popularity of EVs around the world, but to to slash greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, this number needs to grow exponentially and fast.

Lithium Market Set to Explode: All Eyes Are on Nevada

James Stafford | Posted 10.07.2015 | Business
James Stafford

While other commodities are floundering or completely collapsing in this market, lithium--the critical mineral in the emerging battery gigafactory war...

Biggest Mass Mobilization for Clean Energy Solutions in 2015: for Electric Vehicles

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 09.30.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

National Drive Electric Week was founded on the idea that nothing converts gasoline-car drivers to electric vehicle (EV) owners faster than conversations with existing EV owners and test-drives in these quiet, powerful and clean vehicles.

State, City, and Consumer Actions Drive Dramatic Shift to Renewables and Low Carbon Future

Ron Pernick | Posted 06.06.2015 | Green
Ron Pernick

Regional governments, at the state and metro level, are setting a range of targets as we increasingly transition to a low-carbon economy.

China Power Sector Reform Plans Aim to Boost Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Barbara A. Finamore | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green
Barbara A. Finamore

The reforms were wide-ranging and introduced a number of different topics, including improving efficiency in the power sector, assisting efforts to integrate renewable energy into the grid, and removing conflicting incentives in power generation, all changes that NRDC has been advocating for years.

How Tesla Can Create Model 3 Quickly

Patrick Roth | Posted 05.13.2015 | Technology
Patrick Roth

Tesla has a reputation for bringing out new products well behind initially-announced schedules. Both their Roadster and Model S were delayed multiple times before finally being released to the public. Model X is fully one year behind schedule, with no firm release date yet provided.

What Kia Got Right (and Wrong) With the 2015 Soul EV

Patrick Roth | Posted 04.28.2015 | Technology
Patrick Roth

Hamster lovers far and wide were thrilled when Kia announced they were taking their hip, iconic Soul electric. Kia's EV offering is smart, sexy, fun...

Let the Dialogue Resume!

Carl Pope | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

The energy and climate waters, it appears, are finally getting safer for thoughtful conservatives to test and navigate.

5 Vehicles We Wish Were Electric

Patrick Roth | Posted 06.29.2015 | Technology
Patrick Roth

While there are more electric vehicle options on the road today than ever before, only a handful of them are offered nation-wide and even fewer are re...

The Best City Programs Promoting Electric Cars

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 04.10.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

State programs are important, but what can cities and towns do to accelerate a consumer switch to EVs?

Polluting Cars Out From Under Radar

Molly Miller | Posted 06.01.2015 | Green
Molly Miller

At 5 am as many as 500 cars and trucks are lined up outside the gates of the fairgrounds in Fresno, CA. Many of the people in the line even camped out here overnight to get something that might not normally be that thrilling... a tailpipe emissions test.

5 Ways to Get the Masses Charged Up About Electric Cars

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 05.25.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

People already driving electric cars have fallen in love, as shown by off-the-charts customer satisfaction ratings. But for the vast majority of Americans who aren't yet driving electric, how do we get them charged up?

Can Utilities Survive the 21st-Century Energy Market?

James Stafford | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
James Stafford

The electric utility is at a crossroads. Facing flat electricity demand and a sudden insurgent campaign from rooftop solar, the large, centralized utility company is entering a new era. The smarter utilities are moving with the tide rather than fighting it.

U.S. Utilities: For or Against a Green Future?

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 04.27.2015 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

Most adventuresome new car buyers are skipping electric cars for now and buying another gas-powered vehicle to tide them over until the problems of range and public charging are solved. Clearly, the EV charging market requires standards.

How Many Electric Cars Do We Need to Save the Planet?

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

The U.S. needs 10 million electric vehicles on the road by 2025 to have a shot at avoiding the worst effects of climate change. But even AlterAction's sunniest market projection indicates that we'll have only 4 to 5 million EVs on the road by 2025 if we charge ahead at the current modest pace of growth.

Hybrid Owners: Stay Out of the Carpool Lane

Brian Moody | Posted 04.12.2015 | Business
Brian Moody

If you have a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle (EV), you should not be driving in the carpool or HOV lanes. Even if your home state allows you to legally drive in the carpool lane with the driver as the car's only occupant, you shouldn't do it. Here's why.

Naomi Klein, Climate, and Capitalism (Pt. 2): Creating a Broad Social Movement

John J. Berger | Posted 03.15.2015 | Green
John J. Berger

The key to breaking the climate and energy policy logjam in Washington, D.C., Naomi Klein contends in This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, is the building of a powerful social movement. Citizens can then put leaders into office who are willing to take decisive action to protect the climate.