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  • Better fuel economy matters to more US consumers, survey finds

    Better fuel economy matters to more US consumers, survey finds

    by Mark Clayton The Christian Science Monitor April 29, 2013 America’s transition is well under way to higher mileage standards and to vehicles that sip rather than slurp gasoline, with manufacturers and consumers both supporting the shift, according to new research by the Consumer Federation of America. •A large majority of Americans support the higher fuel-economy standards approved by Congress and amplified by the Obama administration. Today’s consumers say they expect the next vehicle they buy to get many more […]

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  • Obama budget boosts funding, tax credit for electric cars

    Obama budget boosts funding, tax credit for electric cars

    by Antony Ingram, Christian Science Monitor, April 14 2013 President Barack Obamahas said he wants to boost the Department of Energy’svehicleresearch budget 75 percent to help develop more efficient cars. In his 2014 budget proposal to Congress on Wednesday, Obama proposes $575 million extra for research, and afurther $2 billion trust fundto help research into getting off foreign oil in the next ten years. Read more…

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  • Obama’s EPA nominee touts 2025 mpg deal at confirmation hearing

    Obama’s EPA nominee touts 2025 mpg deal at confirmation hearing

    by David Shepardson The Detroit News April 11, 2013 Washington ‚Äî The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a confirmation hearing Thursday on the nomination of the Obama administration’s top auto emissions regulator to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Gina McCarthy, who had a key role in negotiating a deal with major automakers to double fuel-efficiency standards to 54.5 mpg by 2025, faced some tough questions from Republicans, who are deeply critical of many environmental regulations that they argue […]

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  • Obama calls for big boost in electric vehicle research funding

    Obama calls for big boost in electric vehicle research funding

    by David Shepardson The Detroit News April 10, 2013 Washington ‚Äî President Barack Obama proposed a big boost in vehicle research funding in his 2014 budget proposal that he delivered to Congress on Wednesday. He also called for more money for high-speed rail, cellulosic ethanol and boosting manufacturing. Obama wants to hike the Energy Department’s vehicle research budget by 75 percent to $575 million and create a $2 billion trust fund to fund more research into getting the country off […]

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  • Obama proposes $2 billion plan for clean energy technology research

    Obama proposes $2 billion plan for clean energy technology research

    by Philip Rucker The Washington Post March 15, 2012 LEMONT, Ill. ‚Äî President Obama on Friday proposed taking $2billion in royalties the government receives from offshore oil and gas leasing to fund research into clean energy technologies designed to lessen the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels to power cars and trucks. Obama called for establishing an Energy Security Trust, which would divert $2billion in federal revenue from oil and gas leasing toward clean energy research. The money would be invested […]

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  • Obama at Argonne lab: Why batteries matter

    Obama at Argonne lab: Why batteries matter

    by David J. Unger Christian Science Monitor March 15, 2013 President Obama’s visit to the center of a national energy-storage-research effort Friday highlights an overlooked tool in the administration’s push for renewable energy: batteries… Many in the energy community believe we need a better battery. That’s the focus of the work under way at the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) at Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago ‚Äì and the reason for Mr. Obama’s visit. The president is […]

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