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The auto industry has a decades-long history of spreading mis-information about the costs of meeting stronger pollution and fuel efficiency standards. So it should come as no surprise that the auto industry is now claiming a 62 mpg standard by 2025 will lead to a loss of almost a quarter of a million auto jobs. […]

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During his most recent weekly address, President Obama stated that the U.S. can “out-innovate and out-compete” the rest of the world by investing in and adopting clean energy. The President can realize this vision and grow good jobs in the U.S. automotive industry by setting standards that reach 60 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2025. […]

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If you needed any further evidence of the upward momentum of oil prices, witness Iran, where the price of gasoline is a small fraction of what it is here in the United States due to the country’s vast domestic reserves and heavy government subsidies. This week, reports came out that the Middle East’s largest carmaker, […]

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Last week, General Motors unveiled the first Chevy-brand model to use the company’s new eAssist technology, the 2013 Chevy Malibu Eco. The car will get an estimated 26 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, making it among the most efficient mid-size vehicles available without a full hybrid system—or a full hybrid […]

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As the national average gasoline price climbs steadily toward the $4 mark, calls to increase domestic drilling in the United States have grown louder. Drill hawks would like to see the administration open up new areas like the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge and Atlantic Continental Shelf to oil and gas drilling, and update laws and […]

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Last week, Virginia passed yet another extension of its hybrid HOV law, which gives drivers of “clean fuel” vehicles access to the commonwealth’s carpool lanes. The law has been extended annually since its original expiration date in 2006—even as the state’s HOV lanes (and hybrid sales) swell. Could the extensions have anything to do with […]

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Last week, a bipartisan coalition of 133 House members signed on to co-sponsor the latest incarnation of the NAT GAS Act, which would provide credits for consumers, OEMs, fleet operators and filling station owners to encourage the adoption of compressed and liquified natural gas vehicles. The legislation was first introduced several years ago—thanks largely to […]

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The slow but steady rise in popularity of the Toyota Prius has created a positive association with the word “hybrid” for automakers, and prompted many competing vehicles. Derivatives of the full hybrid—which can propel the vehicle for short distances on electric power alone—that offer a percentage of the reductions in fuel consumption and emissions soon […]

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Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today announced a new program to help fund the installation of 10,000 ethanol “blender pumps” within the next 5 years. The pumps are capable of distributing varying gasoline-ethanol mixes, ranging from a newly-approved E15 blend to E85, which is an 85-percent mix usable only in flex-fuel vehicles. Under the terms […]

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Though Germany’s famous Autobahn highway system is world-renowned for its lack of a general speed limit, many people who haven’t driven on it are unaware that more than half its total length is governed by state and local speed laws. Now, with the Green Party poised to take power in the country’s third-largest state—which happens […]

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