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  • Report: Obama’s gas-mileage boost will save $69B a year

    Report: Obama’s gas-mileage boost will save $69B a year

    By TODD SPANGLER USA Today April 20, 2012 An environmental group released a report that predicts drivers will save an aggregate of $69 billion a year in fuel costs by 2030 because of new gas-mileage standards in cars. The Natural Resources Defense Council’s report called “Relieving Pain at the Pump” says Americans facing higher gasoline prices are already availing themselves of more fuel-efficient vehicles available as higher miles-per-gallon standards have begun to kick in. Read more…  

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  • In the Margins: Magna E-Car Systems expansion is a good opportunity for local growth in a growing segment of the industry

    In the Margins: Magna E-Car Systems expansion is a good opportunity for local growth in a growing segment of the industry

    By EDITORIAL BOARD The Flint Journal April 18, 2012 GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, MI ‚Äì Magna E-Car Systems in Grand Blanc Township plans to ramp up its production of high-power, high-voltage components for hybrid and electric vehicles in the next few years. Magna E-Car Systems officials not only unveiled a new facility Monday but the potential for hundreds of new jobs over the next five years. Read more…  

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  • Citi report finds meeting higher CAFE/GHG standards likely to bring higher profits for all automakers, nearly $2.5 billion in extra profits for Detroit Three

    Citi report finds meeting higher CAFE/GHG standards likely to bring higher profits for all automakers, nearly $2.5 billion in extra profits for Detroit Three

    Green Car Congress April 5, 2012 Automakers will likely make billions more dollars in profits under proposed new national gas mileage and emissions standards that will be finalized later this summer, according to a new report produced by Citi Investment Research and Analysis in collaboration with Ceres and the Investor Network on Climate Risk; Oakland University’s School of Business Administration; Baum and Associates; and Meszler Engineering Services. Read more…

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  • After Record Sales, Chevy Volt Production Will Resume One Week Early

    After Record Sales, Chevy Volt Production Will Resume One Week Early

    By CARL FRANZEN Talking Points Memo April 3, 2012 Buoyed by record monthly sales of its Chevy Volt hybrid electric plug-in car in March, General Motors will resume production of the Volt at the Detroit Hamtramck plant one week early, the United Auto Workers told TPM on Tuesday night. “They’re adding a week of production back in,” said Don LaForest, the chairman of the UAW’s bargaining committee at the Detroit Hamtramck plant, where the Volt is manufactured, in a phone […]

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  • Let us praise ingenuity: Petty politics are killing our spirit of innovation

    Let us praise ingenuity: Petty politics are killing our spirit of innovation

    By FRANCIS BEINECKE and ROBERT LUTZ Chicago Tribune March 29, 2012 It’s not every day you’ll find the two of us on the same page. One of us is the leader of an organization that believes we need to take every step possible to stop the current and future damage of global climate change. The other famously calls global warming “a crock” but led the efforts at General Motors to develop the Chevy Volt. You can probably guess who’s who. […]

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  • Brian Dickerson: Global warming biggest threat to U.S. security, retired officer says

    Brian Dickerson: Global warming biggest threat to U.S. security, retired officer says

    By LEE GUNN Detroit Free Press March 29, 2012 Lee Gunn — “Lee” is how he introduces himself, although most people call him Admiral Gunn, in deference to his 35 years as a U.S. Naval officer — does not look like a Prius driver, much less a tree-hugger. Which is why many people do a double take when the Pontiac-born Gunn tells them that global warming is the most serious national security issue confronting the U.S. — or, as he […]

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