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    Report: The government shutdown, emissions and the EPA
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    With the second day of the US federal government shutdown now behind us, we're getting a lot of information on how the closure is affecting people across the country. For the green car world, the biggest impact we know of right now is that the US Environmental Protection Agency is operating with ...

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    Report: Congress could lower alt-fuel requirements in new Open Fuel Standard Act
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    Congress is considering a revised version of the Open Fuel Standard Act, an Act that was originally introduced two years ago but failed to pass. Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced a bipartisan bill that would require more and more new vehicles to be able ...

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    Report: Congress may change, or even repeal, 2007 ethanol mandate
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    The battle over selling a higher ethanol blend of gasoline in light-duty vehicle fuel is back in the headlines, as some members of Congress are now suggesting an overhaul of the 2007 ethanol mandate, the Detroit News says. Some Congresspeople are arguing that the ethanol mandate needs to be ...

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    Report: Fisker execs will be questioned today over DOE loan, repayments
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    As we get ready for a Congressional hearing later today, news of money that Fisker Automotive owes to the US government is on the mind of regulators and the public. Therefore, the US Department of Energy has announced that it did recently collect $21 million from the struggling automaker. The DOE ...

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    Report: Elon Musk: Tesla could go federal with franchise dealer fight
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    Mr. Musk Goes to Washington? Jimmy Stewart references aside, that's the approach Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk may take in his crusade to get factory-owned dealerships legalized. Musk tells Automotive News that he may go to Congress in an attempt to take on the country's auto-dealer groups in ...

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    Report: House Republicans will hold hearing on Fisker, Henrik asks for travel funds
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    House Republicans have been critical of the Obama Administration over new-energy loans to companies such as Tesla Motors, and will hold a hearing later this month to discuss struggling California-based Fisker Automotive, the Wall Street Journal says. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA), of the ...

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    Report: Obama calls for spending $2 billion in oil lease revenues on clean vehicles
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    President Obama wants to know how many clean cars $2 billion can buy. In an announcement expected later today, the President is expected to ask Congress to use $2 billion that the government has raised from allowing oil and gas exploration in the Outer Continental Shelf to fund clean energy ...

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    Report: A123, Wanxiang deal under scrutiny by Republican Senators
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    Lithium-ion battery maker A123 Systems continues to be a source of drama and intrigue, from bankruptcy and court filings to investor relations and national security. Two US Senators want the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), led by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, ...

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    Report: U.S. Capitol gets first public charging station, frustratingly late for Sen. Levin
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    Ironically enough, even as Washington approved funding electric vehicle charging stations around the country, it dragged its feet on having them installed in the nation's capital. That's going to change, and it has taken surprisingly hard work in Congress to get the stations approved. Last ...

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    Video: GM launches ad campaign touting Chevy Volt safety
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    General Motors has launched an advertising campaign touting the safety of the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in electric vehicle, just as its CEO testified to Congress that a recent Volt fire that took place after a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash test would never occur ...

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    Official: Fed proposes new fuel economy standard: 54.5 mpg by 2025
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    The U.S. Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency and the White House have announced new fuel economy standards for model year 2017-2025 vehicles that will require cars and light trucks to yield a combined 54.5 mpg, as was proposed back in July. According to the government, ...

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    Report: Chevy dealer, Republican Congressman: "there is no market" for Chevy Volt
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    The ongoing hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives over the Obama Administration's fuel economy standards of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 brought Republican Congressman Mike Kelly to testify before the committee last week. Kelly represents Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district but ...

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    House to probe 54.5 mpg rule; public will have input
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    If you thought the new fuel economy standards that are designed to bring average mileage up to 54.5 mpg by 2025 were a done deal, think again. Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has announced that he wants to investigate how the rules ...

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    Ethanol loses big supporter in Congress; Iowa Sen. Grassley ready to "bite the bullet"
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    Up for vote in the U.S. Senate is a deficit-cutting bill already passed by the House of Representatives that will curb federal spending by $60 billion this year while also preventing the EPA from increasing the percentage of ethanol in gasoline from 10 percent to 15 percent and handing out ...

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    House passes biodiesel tax credit, bill moves on to Senate
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    var digg_url = 'http://green.autoblog.com/2010/06/02/house-passes-biodiesel-tax-credit-bill-moves-on-to-senate/'; Since late 2009, commercial biodiesel producers and users across the U.S. have been wandering through the diesel desert, shamefully living off petroleum, thirsting for just one ...

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    Congress to introduce bills to provide $11 billion for plug-in vehicle deployment
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    A pair of identical bills, the "Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Acts," are expected to be introduced in the U.S. Congress today that would provide up to $11 billion in additional funding to spur deployment of electric vehicles (EVs). The hope is to get up to 4 million EVs on the road by 2017, a ...

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    Daily (Show) update on Cash For Clunkers, and a look into the future
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    The foggy blur surrounding the fate of Cash For Clunkers (aka C.A.R.S.) is clearing up. On the political front, passage in the Senate of the extra $2 billion in funds now looks incredibly likely. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that the $2 billion would be enough to keep C4C running ...

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    House of Representative restoring more of DOE's hydrogen funding
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    Earlier this month, the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee marked up the FY 2010 DOE budget and restored the hydrogen vehicle funding that President Obama and the DOE had slashed in May. The Congressional love ...

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    Who wins federal dollars race? Ethanol does, by a long shot
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    Undeterred by the fact that ethanol is the worst type or alternative energy, the federal government is in love with corn ethanol, perhaps a bit too much. Over the years, the American farm lobby has worked and worked to get subsidies for corn growers and, more recently, ethanol producers. The ...

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    Detroit to get $15 billion to tide them over until Obama takes office
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    After spending the better part of two days giving the CEOs of the Detroit automakers every indication that they were going to be hung out to dry, Congress has at least partially caved in to the reality a large number of constituents would almost certainly loose their jobs soon if nothing was done. ...

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