Strong Clean Car and Fuel Economy Standards Finalized, Here Are the Details and Numbers…

Luke Tonachel’s Blog

Strong Clean Car and Fuel Economy Standards Finalized, Here Are the Details and Numbers…

Posted August 28, 2012 in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized new automobile standards that reach the equivalent of 54.5 mpg in 2025. Let’s take a look at the final numbers and what this historic achievement means for consumers, our nation’s oil dependence, the environment, and jobs.

The standards for model years 2017 to 2025 are very similar to those proposed last November—I’ll discuss some adjustments below—and they extend the light-duty vehicle National Program that ramped up fuel economy and cut greenhouse gas emissions for model years 2012 to 2016. Continue reading “Strong Clean Car and Fuel Economy Standards Finalized, Here Are the Details and Numbers…”

Eileen Claussen Comments on on the Federal Government’s New Fuel Economy Standards

Statement of Eileen Claussen
President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Aug. 28, 2012

This is a win all around – it saves consumers money, reduces dependence on foreign oil, and is the biggest step ever by the United States aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

While Congress remains utterly gridlocked on energy and climate issues, the Obama administration and the auto industry have proven that real progress is still possible.  Working together, they’ve crafted a common-sense solution that taps technological innovation to benefit both the economy and the environment. Credit also goes to the state of California, for paving the way, and to the regulatory flexibility afforded by the Clean Air Act. Continue reading “Eileen Claussen Comments on on the Federal Government’s New Fuel Economy Standards”

Chevy to the Levee: New Clean Car Standards Mean Less Pollution to Fuel Extreme Weather

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Chevy to the Levee: New Clean Car Standards Mean Less Pollution to Fuel Extreme Weather

Posted August 28, 2012 in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

The Obama administration’s new clean car standards mean you’ll save money at the fuel pump while your car pumps out less carbon pollution to fuel dangerous climate change and extreme weather.

Our cars, SUVs, and light trucks account for 20 percent of America’s heat-trapping carbon pollution – second only to our power plants.  Unrestricted carbon pollution is driving up temperatures and fueling increasingly extreme weather – heat waves and drought, storms and floods – with staggering costs to life, limb, and property. Continue reading “Chevy to the Levee: New Clean Car Standards Mean Less Pollution to Fuel Extreme Weather”

New car rules get it right on energy, the environment and the economy

 Submitted by Judi Greenwald | 08/28/2012

http://www.uaw.org/articles/uaw-applauds-publication-final-rules-regulating-cafe-and-greenhouse-gas-emissionsToday the federal government issued vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards that enjoy broad support from automakers, auto workers, environmental groups, and consumers. Why is everyone so happy, when the idea of regulation is anathema to so many? It’s both because of what the rules do, and how they do it.

As a result of these new standards, we will see the fuel economy of the average new vehicle increase by up to 90 percent by 2025. That will save each car buyer thousands of dollars in fuel costs. We’ll also see greenhouse gas emissions from the average new vehicle decrease 40 percent. Continue reading “New car rules get it right on energy, the environment and the economy”

New Fuel Standards are Good for Drivers, Auto Industry, our Health and the Environment

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New Fuel Standards are Good for Drivers, Auto Industry, our Health and the Environment

NRDC: “Everybody is a Winner Today”

WASHINGTON (August 28, 2012) — The latest vehicles fuel efficiency standards announced today by the Obama Administration is a landmark achievement in more ways than one.

The following is a statement by Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“Everybody is a winner today. Continue reading “New Fuel Standards are Good for Drivers, Auto Industry, our Health and the Environment”

EDF celebrates announcement of new fuel efficiency and emissions standards for cars

EDF celebrates announcement of new fuel efficiency and emissions standards for cars

New standards will mean more clean air and more savings for American families

 Contact:
Sharyn Stein, 202-572-3396, sstein@edf.org

(Washington, D.C. – August 28, 2012) – Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) joined businesses, health experts, national security groups and other environmental advocates today to celebrate the announcement of historic new fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards for American cars.

The standards will ensure that by 2025, new cars on U.S. roads will average an unprecedented 54.5 miles per gallon and will reduce the levels of dangerous climate pollution from auto emissions.

“These new standards mean we’ll create the cars we need to reach a cleaner, safer, better future,” said EDF President Fred Krupp. “Under the new standards, we’ll get cleaner air and we’ll reduce our reliance on imported oil, and we’ll do it while we save Americans more than $8,000 at the gas pump.”

The new standards will be formally unveiled early this afternoon in a joint news conference by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Continue reading “EDF celebrates announcement of new fuel efficiency and emissions standards for cars”

Clean Energy Companies Are Powering Economic Recovery and Job Growth

Peter Lehner’s Blog

Clean Energy Companies Are Powering Economic Recovery and Job Growth

Posted August 23, 2012 in Green Enterprise, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

A few years ago, Craig Winn launched a new company with two employees and a good idea: leverage the auto industry’s engineering prowess to improve solar manufacturing. Three years later, the Michigan-based company has hired nearly 50 workers and doubled its production capacity. The secret to its success is using precision techniques from car manufacturing to make the metal frames that hold solar panels. Business has been so good the company is opening a new plant in Ohio this year.

This is just one of thousands of success stories emerging from the clean energy sector right now. Across the country, clean energy entrepreneurs are embodying the best elements of America’s can-do capitalism: ingenuity, resourcefulness, daring, and triumph. And their innovative ideas are generating jobs and economic growth in the process.

In the last quarter alone, clean energy companies announced more than 70 projects leading to as many as 37,000 job openings, according to new analysis released by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), the national group of 800-plus business leaders who support sound economic and environmental policies.

Installing Solar Panels  Continue reading “Clean Energy Companies Are Powering Economic Recovery and Job Growth”

States Save Fuel and Create Jobs from 54.5 mpg Fuel Efficiency Standards

States Save Fuel and Create Jobs from 54.5 mpg Fuel Efficiency Standards

Posted August 21, 2012 in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

With landmark new automobile fuel efficiency standards expected to be released this month, NRDC teamed up with the BlueGreen Alliance to provide a state-by-state breakdown of projected jobs created, fuel saved by consumers and carbon pollution avoided.

The results are impressive. Individual states will create tens of thousands of jobs and save billions in fuel costs.

The benefits described graphically and in a table below are for the year 2030 and are the result of ramping up fuel efficiency over model years 2017 to 2025, from the equivalent of 35.5 miles per gallon to 54.5 miles per gallon. (If I included the current 2012-2016 standards, the fuel and pollution reduction benefits of the full 2012-2025 vehicle efficiency program would be more than twice the values listed here.) Continue reading “States Save Fuel and Create Jobs from 54.5 mpg Fuel Efficiency Standards”

How A Biofuel Dream Called Jatropha Came Crashing Dow

03:24 am; August 21, 2012;by

A man harvests fruits of the Jatropha tree in Taabo, Ivory Coast. Jatropha, which is grown in many parts of the world, has fallen from favor as a diesel fuel substitute.
Getty ImagesA man harvests fruits of the Jatropha tree in Taabo, Ivory Coast. Jatropha, which is grown in many parts of the world, has fallen from favor as a diesel fuel substitute.

From Congress to The Colbert Report, people are talking about the Midwestern drought and debating whether it makes sense to convert the country’s shrinking corn supplies into ethanol to power our cars.

It’s the latest installment of the long-running food v. fuel battle.

But wouldn’t it be lovely if somebody came up with a biofuel that didn’t take food out of people’s mouths? Continue reading “How A Biofuel Dream Called Jatropha Came Crashing Dow”

Driven by Fuel Efficiency, U.S. Auto Industry Jobs Up Nearly A Quarter Million Since 2009

Driven by Fuel Efficiency, U.S. Auto Industry Jobs Up Nearly A Quarter Million Since 2009

New Final Federal Fuel Economy Rules for 54.5 MPG Expected in Mid-August; Highlighting MI, IN, and OH Employment Impacts, Report Available at New DrivingGrowth.org Website

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Press contact: Josh Mogerman, NRDC, 312-651-7909

DETROIT (August 8, 2012) – With the launch of new federal vehicle fuel economy rules only about one week away, the American auto industry has grown by nearly a quarter million jobs (236,600) since June 2009 when the auto industry hit bottom, according to a new report available from DrivingGrowth.org.

The report from DrivingGrowth.org (http://www.DrivingGrowth.org) finds that fuel efficiency is a major factor behind the gains in U.S. auto jobs.   A website that tracks the revitalization of the U.S. auto industry, DrivingGrowth.org  is sponsored by three leading U.S. environmental organizations:  The Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. Continue reading “Driven by Fuel Efficiency, U.S. Auto Industry Jobs Up Nearly A Quarter Million Since 2009”