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Fuel Economy Gains Slowing Down--Blame the Trucks and Muscle Cars

10.14.2014
Good news! Today's cars are 26% more fuel efficient than seven years ago. Bad news! That trend is about to take a nosedive. Here's why.

The Good News (and the Bad Loopholes) on Fuel Economy

05.01.2014
Automakers are reaching their federal mileage targets, but only thanks to some clever industry lobbying for loopholes. See what's going down.

Big Oil vs. Big Ethanol: A PR Battle Royal

04.25.2014
The EPA is proposing a big cut in the Renewable Fuel Standard, but ethanol producers say it's all political and the regulators are bowing to oil company pressure.

Obama's Green Car Plan Is a Job Creator (or Not)

08.30.2012
The Obama Administration has finalized its fuel economy plan through 2025, and its supporters say it's a big engine for job growth. Romney disagrees, but he's talking millions of jobs from his drill, drill, drill energy plan. What's going on? A political season with worrisome unemployment figures.

Christmastime for the Telecommunications Industry

12.27.2011
Yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Clause. Just ask the telecoms of the world who are rejoicing in the surprise overruling of the NTSB's recommendation to ban the use of cell phones in cars by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

We CAN Drive 54.5

11.17.2011
Cleaner cars will hit the road by 2025, and the Obama Administration makes it official. It’s all good, but there are some pesky loopholes to worry about.

Cellulosic Ethanol: Corn's Cleaner (and Better) Cousin

06.30.2011
Corn ethanol never made any sense, either economically or environmentally. Congress is finally killing corn ethanol subsidies, but it shouldn't abandon ethanol entirely. Made from the fiber of plants and with a really good energy balance, cellulosic ethanol is the better alternative.

When Industry Says It Can't Be Done That's When You Know It Can

06.21.2011
By the time Anthony Weiner got around to avowing recently that the content of any texts he sent minor females was not "indecent" was there anyone still inclined to take his word for it? That's the way I feel when I hear the American automobile industry howl with pain over their own dire prophesies when discussing proposed fuel economy regulations.

The Cat Fight Over the Fuel Economy Rules: Would 62 mpg Bankrupt Detroit?

06.15.2011
Automakers and environmentalists are in a battle royal over not just a federal fuel economy standard (greens want 62 mpg, the industry will settle for 47) but over how it will affect future sales. Lions don't lie down with lambs, so don't expect a happy resolution with everybody singing "Kumbaya."

Don't Like Government Regulation? How'd You Like Another Pinto?

03.24.2011
September 11th: A day that lives in infamy for more reasons than one. Thirty-one years to the day before the vicious attack that took so many lives on this date in New York City in 2001, the Ford Motor Co. introduced the Pinto.

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