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    Official: California leads 8-state coalition shooting for 3.3M EVs by 2025
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    One of the big complaints that automakers had with America's fuel economy legislation a few years ago was the potential for California to lead the way in setting up its own, more-stringent rules that would lead to a "patchwork" of mpg laws. That never happened because the federal government came ...

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    Report: Tesla weighs options to take dealer fight to the feds
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    It's one thing to try to cozy up to the federal government. It's another to mess with Texas. Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk is pondering the former after attempting to do the latter in an attempt to overturn the age-old laws banning automakers from operating their own car dealerships, Automotive ...

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    Report: Colorado looking at plug-in-friendly rules for HOAs, parking lots
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    Colorado sealed one set of green credentials last month by legalizing non-medical marijuana use. Turns out, the Rocky Mountain State is not done making green the most appealing color. Colorado could attempt to goose plug-in vehicle sales by introducing legislation that would provide financial ...

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    Report: Fisker loan spurs more questions from senators
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    Um, about that $337 million. Fisker Automotive and its pending federal government loan has spurred a letter from two U.S. senators to Energy Secretary Steven Chu questioning the appropriateness of the loan, The Detroit News reports. In their letter to Chu, senators John Thune (R-South Dakota) ...

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    Study: Strong majority of Americans support higher gas tax to improve roads
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    Think of it this way: a teenager cruising in a convertible down Pacific Coast Highway will probably be pretty big on smooth roads. That's sort of the gist of a survey from the Mineta National Transit Research Consortium, which polled more than 1,500 people on their attitudes toward taxation, ...

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    Official: Energy secretary says more alt-fuel options are better than gas-price drop
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    U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the federal government will continue to emphasize finding alternative forms of transportation energy sources over merely trying to find ways to cut gas prices, Politico is reporting, citing Chu's comments at a Washington, D.C., House appropriations hearing ...

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    Report: Arizona lawmaker proposals per-mile electric-vehicle tax
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    Because nothing says environmental sustainability like a per-mile tax on electric vehicles. That's what some Arizona legislators are proposing as a way to raise funds on the backs of those not paying taxes usually associated with fuel purchases. Arizona Representative Steve Farley is proposing ...

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    Report: Pennsylvania may make neighborhood-electric vehicles street legal
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    Pennsylvania, one of the last states holding out against legalizing neighborhood-electric vehicles (NEVs) – such as those from Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), pictured – for street use, may change its laws to allow NEVs on some streets with speed limits as high as 35 miles per hour, ...

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    Report: Arizona repeals Clean Cars program after one year
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    Arizona has repealed a lower vehicle emissions program that was patterned after California's rules after just one year in effect. The state government voted to instead match federal greenhouse-gas regulations. CronkiteNewsOnline reports that, last week, the Arizona Governor's Regulatory Review ...

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    Opinion: How red light cameras decrease safety, waste fuel and generally frustrate us
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    Red light cameras. Don't you hate them? It seems too often drivers are given the option of slamming on their brakes and being rear-ended or getting a fat, incontestable fine in the mail. Perhaps it wouldn't be so bad if green lights lasted long enough for at least half-a-dozen of the waiting ...

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    Auto dealers fight strict California emissions rules
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    The National Automobile Dealers Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals to revoke a waiver granted in 2009 by the Environmental Protection Agency that permits California, along with 13 other states, to adopt stricter emissions policies than those ...

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    Connecticut governor hopes to implement electric vehicle incentives
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    After nine months of meetings, the Electric Vehicles Infrastructure Council created by Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell has issued its final report on how to promote the use of plug-in vehicles in the state. The list of proposed incentives covers all of the usual bases but doesn't get too ...

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    Tax credit for "black liquor" eliminated under health care reform bill *UPDATE
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    Buried in the health car reform legislation is a mention of a paper-making byproduct known as "black liquor." This substance, a wood-pulping byproduct, is utilized as a biofuel to generate electricity for paper-making companies throughout the U.S. Up until now, companies utilizing this black ...

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    Transportation Secretary embraces bicycling, walking for a greener future
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    Right now, it seems impossible to imagine a day when bicycles and pedestrians can equally share the roads with cars and trucks in the U.S., but Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood aims to make that day a reality. Recently, LaHood announced a "major policy revision" that will treat cyclists and ...

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    Report: Diesel and electric vehicles two of many options to meet CAFE regulations
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    New CAFE standards set to take affect in 2015 have automakers in a hurried frenzy. Meeting target CAFE numbers of 35.5 miles per gallon within the short five-year time frame is no easy feat. Current standards, set at a fleet average ...

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    Bid to block California's A.B. 32 emission standards funded by big oil
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    California plans to implement an emissions control law called Assembly Bill 32 in 2012. The law grants the state the rights to set emission standards and implement greenhouse gas guidelines. Additionally, the state will be able to promote alternative fuels and technologies by way of rebates and ...

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    Honda pondering plug-in hybrid as response to U.S. policy changes?
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    "We are thinking about plug-in hybrids, but we aren't thinking about commercializing one right away." This is what Honda's President Takeo Fukui said in a recent interview. The automaker, which is leasing hydrogen cars in the U. S. and Japan, thinks of hydrogen as the long-term solution, but ...

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    Ladies and Gentlemen: Let's Get Ready to Rummmble!
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    In this corner, we have the current champion, weighing in at a pretty and firm (classified), the Speaker of the House Nancy "Leader of the Pack" Pelosiiiii! And, in the far corner, we have the challenger, a battler with a long, long record of victories, that Congressman from the great state of ...

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    Not just an issue for the Big 3- Imports and CAFE
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    If you think that the Detroit 3 are the only ones worried about the new CAFE standards, think again. As it turns out, Honda and Toyota execs are supporting a fuel economy bill, but not all parts of the ones proposed. In fact, it almost seems as though they don't want to see their American ...

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    Congress loves biofuels forever. Will biodiesel and ethanol credits become permanent?
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    We have already reported that this year's Congress will pursue energy issues individually, and one of the most important issues up for debate is biofuels. Reps. Earl Pomeroy and Kenny Hulshof have introduced the Renewable Fuels and Energy Independence Promotion Act of 2007 which proposes to ...

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