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    Official: Energy Department offers $50 million for more, better plug-in vehicles
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    Sequestration or no sequestration, Washington is investing another $50 million in electric vehicles and hybrid electric cars, with the goal of making them as affordable to own and operate as today's gas-powered vehicles. The funding by the Department of Energy is in support of its EV Everywhere ...

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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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    DOT announces $104.1-million clean-fuel transit initiative
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that transit authorities can duke it out for a share of $101.4 million in federal funds by proposing innovative projects that promote the use of "clean fuels" for public transit. Says Secretary LaHood:

    This money supports ...

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    Report: EPA and DOT drop letter grades from window stickers
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    It seems that the Average Joe isn't the only one who thinks that the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed letter grades on windows stickers are not only confusing, but too subjective for the government to assign, as well. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Obama ...

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    How EPA's new fuel economy label would grade current cars
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    EPA Fuel Economy Sample Grades – Click above to view entire list
    Twenty years ago, the federal government made it mandatory for most food products to carry nutrition information based on a 2,000 calorie diet in the 1990 Nutrition Labeling and Information Act. In doing so, the feds ...

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    Survey: Most Americans want better public transportation options
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    Looks like Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is on to something. He announced a major policy revision last week that will see his department "treat[ing] cyclists and walkers with policies similar to automobiles." Transportation for America (T4A) has issued the results of a survey that show ...

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    Report: Investigators can't recreate speeding Prius incident, lawyer says, "So?"
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    Runaway Prius in San Diego – Click above to watch the video
    The speeding Prius story is not done yet. Over the weekend, we heard that Toyota was pretty sure the brake override system in Jim Sikes' Prius should have kicked in to slow the speeding car down and that this is exactly what ...

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    Detroit 2010: Transportation Secretary LaHood ponders another round of cash-for-clunkers
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    Cash-for-Clunkers was among the more watched auto-related story lines of 2009. With the industry hurting, the government provided cash vouchers of between $3,500 and $4,500 to anyone who turned in a vehicle that was eight (or more) years-old and with between two and 10 miles-per-gallon worse fuel ...

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    Obama administration shifting transportation priorities to include livibility, environment
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    In well-planned residential areas, public transportation and places people want to go are located in the same place. Tokyo's Yamanote Line (山手線, pictured) is one of the best examples of this. Not only is each station placed near businesses and locations of interest, most stations along the ...

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    REPORT: Cash for Clunkers could be dead
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    Congress allocated close to $1 billion for the Cash for Clunkers program. That's billion with nine zeros. And all that money might be gone by midnight tonight. This, according to reports by both the Detroit Free Press and Edmunds AutoObserver. We learned earlier that the C4C program has proved to ...

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    Hybrids to get roll over testing for first time in 2008 model year
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    Want to know a dirty little secret about the car industry? A lot of cars are not that different from other cars. I don't mean designs look the same, I literally mean many car brands are exactly the same cars (frame, engine, etc, etc) except for small differences in things like the interior design. ...

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    Nation's largest ports attend "Faster Freight - Cleaner Air" conference
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    Port representatives from around the U.S. are currently attending the third Faster Freight - Cleaner Air (FFCA) conference which examines technologies and processes designed to reduce the environmental impact of all sectors of the goods movement industry (rail, trucking, marine, off-road equipment ...

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    America's congestion conundrum and the true cost of driving
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    According to the Christian Science Monitor, there are now 134 million commuters hitting American streets during rush hour and we're responding to the traffic problem worse than ever. So says Alan Pisarski, the country's top commuter expert (I not sure how he got that title, but the CSM chooses to ...

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    What does your employer do for your commute? US government ranks top 20 workplaces for commuters
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    For the last three years, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transporation have ranked 20 companies that they feel offer the best benefits for commuters and for three years Intel has come out on top. Why shouldn't they? They offer their employees vanpools, subsidies for ...

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