The Gas Tax vs. Fuel Economy Debate

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 12:55 pm

Eduardo Porter attempted to take the air out of one of the few carbon mitigation programs the Obama Administration has been able to approve, the increase in fuel economy standards. Porter’s perspective is basically that increased gas taxes make more sense than higher fuel economy, and that the latter carries unintended consequences. For the first [...]

US Finalizes 2025 Fuel Efficiency Standard of 54.5 MPG

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 10:21 am

The United States has finalized fuel economy rules that would increase the average to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, almost twice as much as the current standards. It’s the first update since the mid-1980s, and it should have a big impact on the annual cost of fueling up cars and trucks as well as [...]

Interior Secretary Assures Alaska on Drilling Permits

By: Tuesday August 9, 2011 8:55 am

The President announced the first fuel economy standard for heavy duty trucks today, which the Administration claims will reduce oil consumption by 530 million barrels and greenhouse gas emissions by 270 million metric tons. It will also save businesses which use and operate commercial vehicles $50 billion in fuel costs. The standards would kick in [...]

Inside the Obama Deal on Fuel Economy

By: Friday July 29, 2011 10:10 am

The President will announce a deal on fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks today, boosting the average fuel economy to 54.5 MPG by 2025. The agreement would require U.S. vehicle fleets to average 54.5 miles per gallon or 163 grams per mile of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2025, which represents a 50 percent [...]

White House, Carmakers Close to Announcing New 54.5 MPG Fuel Economy Standard

By: Wednesday July 27, 2011 8:50 am

I always try to reserve space for at least one silver lining story. That’s been getting more and more difficult of late. Here’s what I could come up with today: carmakers and the White House have reached a deal on new fuel economy standards. The Obama administration is preparing to require that automakers’ vehicle fleets [...]

Automakers Fight CAFE Standards Proposals

By: Tuesday July 5, 2011 11:17 am

With the complete capitulation to the austerity economy and the confidence fairy, maybe we should retreat to any of the few remaining areas where we can see any vestige of progress. I would argue that fuel economy is one of those areas. The Obama Administration wants to set up what I believe is a fairly [...]

CEO of GM: Raise the Gas Tax By $1

By: Thursday June 9, 2011 8:58 am

OPEC announced yesterday they would not increase oil production in the near future. The price of oil remains elevated, at around $100 a barrel, and this means prices will stay high. Goldman Sachs has estimated that gas prices could hit $5 a gallon this summer. The speculation embedded in the system of oil trading is [...]

2010 Tied for the Warmest Year on Record

By: Thursday January 13, 2011 8:44 am

2010 tied 2005 for the hottest year in recorded history, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They also found that it was the wettest year on record, in terms of global average participation. From the NOAA release: According to NOAA scientists, 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest year of the global surface [...]

EPA, DOT Raising Fuel Economy Standard to 60 MPG?

By: Friday October 1, 2010 11:40 am

Environmentalists are not enthused about the prospects of meaningful climate legislation for the rest of President Obama’s first term. They may be able to eke out some legislation on oil spill response, a weak renewable energy standard (though Lindsey Graham’s introduction of nuclear power into that debate puts that in peril) and some renewables and [...]

A is for Fuel Efficient

By: Tuesday August 31, 2010 1:12 pm

You can’t get much more subtle than this step to “fundamentally transform America,” but I’d submit that things like this have a bigger impact than you think: The Obama administration is proposing to give automobiles a letter grade ranging from “A” to “D” based on their fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions. The proposal comes [...]

Lowest Gas Prices This Year Makes “Drill Now, Pay Less” Look Ridiculous

By: Tuesday August 24, 2010 10:08 am

BP has still not completed the “bottom kill” that would permanently seal the well in the Gulf, though it has not gushed oil for over 5 weeks. The main holdup seems to be a broken pipe attached to the blowout preventer. Eventually, BP will complete the task in the Gulf, one hopes. But just a [...]

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