EPA may attempt to eliminate California’s emissions independence

July 24, 2018 by  
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The U.S. Transportation Department and the EPA are expected to announce a proposal this Thursday to revoke California’s ability to set its own emissions standards . The proposal, revealed by an anonymous source, suggests that the organizations plan to freeze national emission requirements at 2020 levels until 2026. If this plan were to go into effect, experts estimate that national oil consumption after 2020 would increase by half a million barrels of oil per day. Additionally, the proposal would come into conflict with the Clean Air Act waiver that allows California to set its own regulations on emission levels. The levels of environmental damage from the potential increase in oil consumption have yet to be estimated. This news also comes after a January proposal by Governor Jerry Brown to raise the bar on a previous state goal of having five million electric vehicles available by 2030. California representative Jimmy Gomez added that “vehicle emissions standards are a big part of our environmental identity.” Related: The number of electric vehicles on the streets could triple in two years The EPA and the Transportation Department plan to hold public commentary and hearing sessions before finalizing the decision. Other states are also expected to join the conversation as dozens have adopted the same or similar policies on zero-emission vehicles. The organizations will entertain comments on whether U.S. regulators plan to offer credits for autonomous vehicles and air condition improvements as well. + Reuters Images via Shutterstock

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Recycling Tips For Home? We’ve Got ‘Em!

July 22, 2016 by  
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I’m constantly reassessing how our family is doing on the waste and recycling front. Living a life that is as thoughtful as possible is very important to me; being kind to our planet is a big part of that. I’m also mindful that teaching the…

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The business voice in Rio: Is anyone listening?

June 19, 2012 by  
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While business is a big part of the meeting's negotiating text, governments have yet to fully engage those from the business sector attending the summit.

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OfficeMax brings reusable boxes to business customers

June 19, 2012 by  
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Officemax’s business customers can sign up to receive Boomerang Boxes, which will be reused over and over until they’re worn out.

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10 of the World’s Weirdest Spiders (Slideshow)

January 18, 2011 by  
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Photo: Michael Hodge /Creative Commons Hate spiders? You’re not alone: These leggy arachnids are some of the most feared creatures on Earth, despite their relatively tiny size. But even these creepy crawlies play a big part in nature’s order — often in weird and intriguing ways.

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Finally, A No-Draw Charger

March 18, 2010 by  
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AT&T has just announced a USB-based telephone charger that does not pull electricity from the wall when it’s not charging a phone. I don’t know about you, but my charger is plugged in 100% of the time. That charger pulls a tiny amount of energy from the wall 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

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Ocean Film Fest 2010: The Great White Shark Song Brings Fun Back Into the Shark Conversation (Video)

February 8, 2010 by  
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Screenshot via YouTube Sharks were a big part of the film fest, and conversations revolved around finning and the massive decline of an apex predator that holds the balance of the oceans together. But not every video at the Ocean Film Festival was serious footage about the decline of the oceans. There was a fair amount of fun to be had, and no other film brought forth as much laughter from the audience as The Great White Shark Song – a music video that tells exactly what a shark might think and do if it found you in the ocean

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GM Invests $246 Million to Build Electric Motors In-House, Make Them Smaller & More Efficient

January 28, 2010 by  
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Photo: GM Production Begins in 2013 in Baltimore It’s becoming more obvious with each passing year that the transportation industry will have to change radically during the next couple of decades. Part of it will be the improvement of alternatives to cars (fast and efficient transit, more bike paths, walkable cities, telecommuting), but a big part of the improvement will come from electrification (and the cleaning up of the power grid in parallel)

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Clean Tech Finland: Funding & Support (pt. 1)

December 5, 2009 by  
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Quick: name five Finnish clean tech start-ups. You may have trouble with that one… in fact, you may have trouble naming any Finnish companies beyond Nokia . That doesn’t mean that such companies don’t exist; rather, as I heard from a number of business people and entrepreneurs this past week during the Finnfacts Clean Technology Blogger Tour, modesty is a big part of the Finnish national character (as much as such things exist, anyway)

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Reducing at Christmas – how can I politely say thanks but no thanks to gifts?

December 3, 2009 by  
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I meant to post this on Tuesday – the start of advent – but after being away, I didn’t have time to do it justice so here it is now. I haven’t celebrated Christmas for about a decade.

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