News and Reports
Low Carbon Fuel Standards
Dan Sperling and Sonia Yeh have written a report published in the Winter 2009, "Issues in Science and Technology" outlining the importance of low carbon fuel standards.
- Low Carbon Fuel Standards
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California Air Resources Board Lowers Zero Emission Vehicle Targets
California's air regulators again revised the targets of the Zero Emission Vehicle Program (ZEV), the changes reduce the mandate for zero emission vehicles but go further to encourage plug-in electric hybrids and other advanced vehicle technologies. Green Car Congress provides a succinct summary of the changes.
States Push Environmental Protection Agency to Address Global Warming
In the continuing trend of states leading the country on curbing global warming and calling for national action, on April 2nd, 16 states and 11 non-profits announced a lawsuit against the EPA for its failure to comply with the Supreme Court. One year ago, in Massachusetts v. EPA, the United States Supreme Court rejected the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's claim that it lacked the power to regulate global warming pollution under existing law. To learn more, read the full article from MSNBC.
California Sues EPA Over Auto Emissions
After waiting nearly two years for the federal government to decide on the state's request to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, California sued the EPA to force action. California was joined in the suit by fourteen other states who have adopted, or plan to adopt, California standards, including Arizona, Illinois, New Mexico, New York, and Pennsylvania. To learn more about the lawsuit, read the Time article entitled California's Christmas List: Clean Air.
Federal Court Rules Against Automakers in Vermont Fuel Economy Case
A federal judge rejected the U.S. auto industry's attempt to block California, Vermont, and 10 other states from setting tough new fuel economy standards, saying the industry had not proved the regulations were illegal, unsafe, or unattainable. To learn more about this issue, read this Associated Press article entitled Judge Rejects Automakers' bid to scrap state Emission Rules.
Sipping Fuel and Saving Lives
A report prepared by the International Council on Clean Transportation outlining the importance of increasing fuel economy without sacrificing safety.
- Sipping Fuel and Saving Lives
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Driving it Home
A report prepared by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Western Resource Advocates, and Pembina Institute regarding fueling North America.
- Driving it Home
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Maryland Adopts Clean Car Standards
Maryland has become the twelfth state to adopt California's Clean Vehicle Standards. To learn more about the action, read the article published by the Business Gazette entitled "A red-letter day for the Environment".
Summary of the Economic Impacts of Implementing "Recommendations to the Nation on Reducing U.S. Oil Dependence"
Report Prepared by the Energy Security Leadership Council and Securing America's Future Energy.
- Summary of Economic Impacts
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Automaker Rankings 2007: The Environmental Performance of Car Companies
Report prepared by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
- Automaker Rankings 2007
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