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Are Dogs Worse than SUVs?

Guy T. Saperstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Guy T. Saperstein

Environmentalists need to give up their big dogs and turn to small dogs to save the planet.

Future Cars, Now: The Next Steps To Fight Global Warming

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

Getting the next generation of cars right isn't just good for the planet. It's good for American jobs. It's good for the economy. It's even good for the carmakers.

Let California Lead: the Green Economy and Lessons from 1990's Zero Emissions Vehicle Mandate

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan Kim

California has always represented a better future, and we seem more impatient to get there than anyone else. The examples are endless: the settlers ri...

Man Killed When SUV Plows into California Restaurant

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

EL CAJON, Calif. — Authorities say a 66-year-old man eating breakfast at a California fast-food restaurant was killed when a vehicle plowed thro...

Whale-Penis Leather Seats | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

What's the world coming to when you can get your $1.45 million bulletproof SUV with gold trim, a ridiculously expensive Vertu cellphone and three bott...

SUV Clubs Gain Traction In New York

New York Times | ANNE BARNARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

A few of the Trucked Out Divas -- Strawberry, Carmel and Black Beauty -- were waiting in front of their clubhouse, a former strip club in Brownsville ...

Scooters Vs. Hummers: Which Pollutes More? | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Corrected 4/13/09: The Chicago Reader article cited in this blog overstated the prevalence of two-stroke engines in scooters. Four-stroke engines, whi...

Miley Cyrus Trades In SUV For Prius, Calls Prius A "Chick Car" (POLL)

Huffington Post | Dave Burdick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

It's nice when people trade in SUVs for hybrids, and nice when that trade-in gets some press, I suppose, but... "a chick car?" Pop star Miley Cyrus t...

Energy Lessons for Europe and the U.S. from the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo

Charles D. Ferguson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Charles D. Ferguson

While feeling angry is justified in a crisis, the governments would be best advised not to get mad at Russia but to get more secure in energy supplies and smarter in energy usage.

Three Doomed American SUV Plants

New York Times | NICK BUNKLEY and BILL VLASIC | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Reeling from its financial problems and a collapsing S.U.V. market, General Motors on Tuesday closed its factories in this city and in Moraine, Ohio, ...

Toyota Projects First-Ever Annual Loss; Congress Disses Detroit

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Congress took a perverse pleasure in giving Detroit's CEOs and the UAW president the third degree -- unnecessary theater while our country suffers this economic decline.

Five Comics Giving (Anti) Environmental Messages

Mairi Beautyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mairi Beautyman

All of these five cartoonists arguably give a negative jab to the green movement -- but does that makes them less green?

How Social-Consciousness Fuels Eco-Consciousness

Plenty | Sushma Sumbramian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

After a revolt against plastic bags swept Europe a few years ago with a public response to a popular outcry not seen on the continent since 1848, bans...

Is Our Long National Obsession With Cars Finally Ebbing?

Sean-Paul Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sean-Paul Kelley

One thing I have never understood about Americans is their love of cars, and I am from Texas. To me, a car is like a prison sentence.

Preview! Las Vegas' High-Performance SEMA Show and the Los Angeles Auto Show; How Green Will They Be?

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

The LA Auto Show is now officially the first big extravaganza on the national car calendar. It opens Friday, November 21st and runs through Sunday, November 30th at the LA Convention Center.

Suburbia's Dirty Little Secret

Lauren Cahn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

We moms find ourselves racing out of meetings, tearing off our tennis outfits, throwing down the great American novel we were writing. Mom is gone. In her place: The Chauffeur.

China May Tax Big Cars As Much as 40 Percent

AP | ELAINE KURTENBACH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

SHANGHAI, China — China is raising its sales tax on big cars to as high as 40 percent, and drastically cutting taxes on small cars, in its lates...

Ford Swears Off SUVs Even If Gas Prices Drop

Clusterstock | Corey Lorinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Now that gas is just a hair under $4 a gallon, US carmakers will go right back to making millions of SUVs, right? Not so says Ford (F), they've learne...

Chrysler Would Outsource Everything But SUVs?

Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

This is the year of cutting SUV production. If you don't believe it, ask Ford, where they're idling manufacturing plants because they can't sell the...

NY Times Says: "Keep Your SUV"

New York Times | Ron Lieber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Your neighbors may turn up their noses, but keeping your gas-guzzling sport utility vehicle, or buying one coming off a lease, may be a smart move. T...

China's SUV Sales Rise 43% Over Last Year, Increasing Oil Demand

The Washington Post | Ariana Eunjung Cha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

SONGJIANG, China -- Nodding his head to the disco music blaring out of his car's nine speakers, Zhang Linsen swings the shiny, black Hummer H2 out of ...

Ford Aims To Save Itself By Bringing Small European Cars To U.S.

AP | DEE-ANN DURBIN and TOM KRISHER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Motor Co. posted the worst quarterly performance in its history Thursday, losing $8.67 billion in the second quarter. Th...

Ford To Drastically Shift Production Away From SUVs

New York Times | Bill Vlasic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The Ford Motor Company, which devoted itself for nearly 20 years to putting millions of Americans into big pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles, i...

Driving Long Distances in Powerful Vehicles: Gas Tax vs. Industry Regulation

Emily Erikson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emily Erikson

The net result of a progressive tax structure in the US has been increased social mobility, which is a more important and durable part of American culture than, for example, owning driving long distances in SUVs.

Ford To Idle Michigan Factory After SUV Sales Plummet

AP | TOM KRISHER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

DETROIT — Sagging demand for large sport utility vehicles has forced Ford Motor Co. to close a Michigan factory for nine weeks starting June 23....