Column: Emission standards benefit Detroit

Our new analysis finds that fuel economy standards have not hurt the legacy automakers’ financial performance. And weakening fuel economy standards would only damage U.S. automakers and suppliers as they try to compete in a fast-evolving market. It’s no secret that American consumers want to go farther on every gallon of gas. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers’ own polling shows support for strong fuel economy targets, with two-thirds of respondents saying the government should set high standards. And under strong standards, economies of scale will reduce the costs of fuel savings technology.

Detroit News / 08.15.2017

Trump administration takes aim at vehicle emissions standards that save drivers money

“The EPA’s previous technical review of the current fuel economy standards shows that the standards are not only well within reach, but are already working,” Sierra Club Legislative Director for Transportation Andrew Linhardt said in a statement Thursday. “A new administration is no reason to shift progress to reverse.”

Think Progress / 08.11.2017

Trump Administration Targets CO2 Standards for Vehicles

“EPA appears to be abandoning efforts to protect Americans and the environment against global warming by handing over clean car rules to much weaker fuel economy regulators at NHTSA,” said California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols in a statement.

Scientific American / 08.11.2017

Britain Joins the Shift to Electric Cars

The drive to switch to electric cars went a mile further last Wednesday when Britain joined France in pledging to end the sale of new gas and diesel cars by 2040. Norway and India have also said they want to get rid of gas and diesel cars, and at least 10 other countries have set targets for electric cars. All that is good news for the planet and for human health, even if caveats and challenges abound.

New York Times / 08.01.2017

A Brighter Future for Electric Cars and the Planet

There is simply no credible way to address climate change without changing teh way we get from here to there, meaning cars, trucks, planes and any other gas-guzzling forms of transportation. That is why it is so heartening to see electric cars, considered curios for the rich or eccentric or both not that long ago, now entering the mainstream.

New York Time / 07.18.2017

Big Oil Just Woke Up to the Threat of Rising Electric Car Demand

The world's biggest oil producers are starting to take electric vehicles seriously as a long-term threat.

Bloomberg News / 07.14.2017

California’s Clean Air Act waiver should be yanked, Trump’s former environmental advisor says

The head of President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency may not be prepared to battle California over air regulations, but the man who led Trump's transition team for the department is ready. Myron Ebell, who works at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington and helped devise Trump's environmental agenda, said California should not be allowed to set its own standards for greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle tailpipes.

Los Angeles Times / 06.20.2017

Why California’s Climate Change Fight Is Also About Public Health

...leaders in California have set ambitious targets for moving to electric vehicles. An executive order signed by Brown in 2012 calls for 1.5 million zero emission vehicles by 2025, and the state has funded infrastructure initiatives meant to advance the goal. "LA is kind of the perfect place to become the electric vehicle capital of the world: we have lots of passenger vehicles, we have lots of transit buses," says Adrian Martinez, an attorney at the environmental law firm Earthjustice. "Electrification of our transportation sector is critical."

Time Magazine / 06.16.2017