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    Read This: ​Electric vehicles will widen emissions gap with conventional cars
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    Despite some claims to the contrary, green cars will get downright emerald when it comes to environmental friendliness, as electric production gets cleaner, according to a recent Natural Resources Defense Council blog post. Electric vehicles contribute as much as 53 percent fewer ...

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    Report: 2014 Chevy Volt starts production July 15, offers dark new colors
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    Electric Francophiles looking to continue their July 14 Bastille Day festivities might be comforted to know that the party can run right into the following day when General Motors will celebrate the first 2014 Chevrolet Volt models rolling off the assembly line. Yes, July 15 will mark the day ...

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    President Obama calls for cleaner coal plants, which will make EVs cleaner
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    We forget where we heard it first, but we've always liked the argument for plug-in vehicles that they are able to get cleaner over time. Whether it's through installing solar panels on your roof or taking advantage of Tesla's solar-powered Superchargers, with an EV it is possible to make the ...

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    Report: Biodiesel advocates feel respect after feds raise mandate by 28%
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    Brad Albin, president of Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, and Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board, were thrilled to see the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approve a 28-percent increase in the amount of biodiesel that will be mandated for the nation's diesel engine vehicles in ...

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    Report: Hackers bring down Big Oil's computers at Saudi Aramco
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    Computer hackers have moved beyond the U.S. military to cyber attack another enemy: Big Oil. Recently, hackers hit Saudi Aramco, the world's largest oil producer, and disabled 30,000 of its workstations. A group of "hacktivists" calling themselves Cutting Sword of Justice released a statement on ...

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    Official: Ford's sustainability efforts include big energy consumption drop
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    Ford may be taking small steps when it comes to electric-vehicle sales, but it says it's taking leaps in other areas of environmental protection. In its 13th annual sustainability report, Ford said that it reduced energy use per vehicle by 22 percent in the past six years and will cut energy ...

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    Report: Solar energy could match coal's price by 2015 in China; globally by 2020
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    A new report from the Chinese government notes that the cost of solar power in that country could drop below 0.80 yuan (12.5 cents) per kilowatt-hour by 2015. At that price, solar matches up favorably with the current go-to source for cheap energy, coal. How? Well, China already expects to ...

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    Study: Energy usage attributable to electric vehicles could rise 1,700% by 2020
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    Energy usage attributable to electric vehicles could soar 1,700 percent by 2020, according to a report authored by utility consulting firm The Shpigler Group and released by the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC), the so-called "voice of critical infrastructure communications." Annual megawatt-hour ...

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    64% of energy industry execs see oil prices exceeding $121 a barrel in 2011
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    Energy industry executives expect continued volatility in the price-per-barrel of oil for the remainder of 2011, with 64 percent predicting that crude prices will exceed $121 per barrel, according to results from the 9th Annual Energy Survey conducted by the KPMG Global Energy Institute. In this ...

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    PGE completes massive renewable energy project
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    The Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. is known for its coffee shops, never-ending fields of aromatic hops and its affection for the electric vehicle (EV). Portland General Electric (PGE), in Oregon, touts the benefits of the plug-in vehicle with a frequency unmatched by most electric ...

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    Venture capitalist Khosla says U.S. will someday produce too much electricity
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    The U.S. has relied upon conventional energy sources to meet our electrical demand for a long, long time. While conventional energy sources rarely failed to keep up with our burgeoning electrical demand, the recent interest in renewable energy sources may actually push supply beyond our needs. ...

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    Shell Dialogues hosting "future of energy" webchat July 22nd
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    There's a lot of energy talk around here, but some of the most fun is about the future and thinking about the innovations that may forever change our perception of energy production. For example, what about solar energy beamed in from the moon? Want something a little more down-to-earth? Check out ...

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    Shocks that can save fuel, charge batteries and propel vehicles down the road?
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    What if something as simple as a shock absorber could do much more than just absorb the impacts coming from the road? What if the shock could save fuel, charge batteries and even move vehicles down the road? Wouldn't you be interested? We certainly are. The idea of transferring road impact into ...

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    Was Maximum Bob right? Is global warming a crock? Sure looks like it around here!
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    So, was Bob Lutz right, or was it just bad luck? Just as I picked up a new Mazda MX-5 to drive for a few days following the Vernal Equinox, it has started to snow (and snow, and snow). We've actually had more snow this winter than I can recall in quite a few years. Getting 4-5 more inches of the ...

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    ExxonMobil $pending ten$ of billion$ to locate more oil
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    While the amount of energy the world demands every year is tremendous, the cost of finding and purchasing that energy is just as staggering. According to this article, ExxonMobil plans to spend between $25 and $35 billion every year for the foreseeable future in search of more oil. Even as ...

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    House passes energy tax bill, White House threatens veto
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    The House of Representatives passed the energy tax bill yesterday. The White House has threatened to veto the bill, but this one probably won't make it as far as the president's desk. Other bills similar to this energy tax bill died in the Senate but with $102 barrels of oil and $4 gallon of gas ...

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    Poll shows us the obvious: Americans heart renewable fuels
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    A poll conducted by the Clean Fuels Development Coalition over nearly 2,200 people says that 88 percent of adults are of the opinion that the U.S. should pursue alternative fuels to decrease our dependence on foreign oil. Really?? Amazing. More interestingly, 72 percent of adults blame the increase ...

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    California's largest utility looks to the wind to power EVs
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    As discussed in URGE² theory, utilising the grid to overcome the supply intermittency of renewable energy sources is a critical step in moving forward towards a green energy future. Californian utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is looking to do just that by combining the overnight ...

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    A call to URGE - Use Renewably Generated Electricity, Efficiently
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    In a lengthy, two-part editorial, David Roberts, a staff writer at Grist, presents his position on unifying the green lobby around the flag of URGE2: Use Renewably Generated Electricity, Efficiently. He is expecting bumper stickers and t-shirts - here's why.Mine negawatts: The cheapest source of ...

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    25% more efficient 'Portable' hydrogen fuel cell!
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    Battelle has developed and is marketing their Multipurpose Electric Power System (MEPS) fuel cell which is 25 percent more efficient than traditional internal combustion engine generator technology and can put out more than five kilowatts of power. The MEPS runs quietly, producing 20 litres (5.3 ...

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