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President Donald Trump has announced that he has decided to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. Trump said in a statement today that he wants to “begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States.” So it’s not a complete […]

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The big news for the environment today is whether or not President Trump is planning on pulling the U.S. from the Paris accord or not. But what is the Paris Accord, and what does it mean to withdraw? Let’s take a look. The Paris Accord was an agreement negotiated within the UN Framework Convention on […]

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City mayors from around the world are starting a car scoring system aimed at cutting air pollution on city streets. The mayors of Paris and London who head the C40 Cities organization are working out a system to score new cars based on their real-world emissions and impact on air quality. Paris mayor and C40 […]

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Plug-in vehicle sales could spike by nearly three quarters if 30 U.S. cities are able to get a good purchase deal and support from vehicle manufacturers. The cities have up to $10 billon to spend purchasing about 114,000 plug-in electrified vehicles for their fleets. The move, coordinated by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, would bring […]

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Thanks to elegantly effective incentives and penalties rewarding electric cars, and charging high emitters, France has become the fifth nation to buy 100,000 plug-in electrified vehicles. The country that was home to last year’s landmark climate change accord has been on a roll, with its domestic press stretching to compare to Norway, which actually just […]

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Last month the 500,000th plug-in electrified vehicle was sold in the United States. Counting all plug-in hybrid and battery electric passenger vehicles back to 2008, the tally of leased and purchased PEVs through the end of August now make the U.S. the second major market after Europe to have crossed this milestone. Europe, which last […]

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California is preparing to extend the nation’s toughest carbon emissions rule another 10 years through 2030. The state Senate passed the bill 25-13 on Wednesday, a day after a 42-29 vote passed it through the state Assembly. Gov. Jerry Brown has said he intends to sign the bill into law, which aims to reduce greenhouse-gas […]

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ExxonMobil is lobbying for a carbon tax credit in Washington, which would support its natural gas division and could deflect investigations into its climate change scandal. Calling for the federal government to enact a revenue-neutral tax on carbon would encourage carbon producers like oil companies and power plants to shift to energy sources that emit […]

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Many articles have been published about slower than expected plug-in electrified vehicles’ market acceptance this decade, but these tend to highlight only a few aspects of a very complicated picture. Looked at from a broad overview, one could alternately say it’s a wonder plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles (PEVs) have done as well as they […]

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A new study from the University of Sussex says that historical precedent shows that huge shifts in energy sources can take place within a decade. Professor Benjamin Sovacool, Director of the Sussex Energy Group at Sussex University, has published a paper that asserts that a switch to a new energy source can be made very […]

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