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  • US House to EPA: We won’t let you set emissions laws

    US House to EPA: We won’t let you set emissions laws

    by Antony Ingram Green Car Reports June 29, 2012 With 2025’s 54.5 mpg corporate average fuel economy standards set to be finalized towards the end of this year, carmakers will also have to meet a 34.1 mpg average by 2016. Alongside these economy targets, carmakers–and perhaps other businesses–will also be bound by the EPA’s greenhouse gas emissions limits. Well, that’s if the House Appropriations Committee doesn’t have its way. The committee has concerns over the affordability of the regulations, which […]

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  • House panel votes to bar EPA from setting tail-pipe limits

    House panel votes to bar EPA from setting tail-pipe limits

    by David Shepardson Detroit News June 28, 2012 Washington ‚ÄîThe House Appropriations Committee has voted to bar the Environmental Protection Agency from setting vehicle tailpipe emissions limits for the 2017-25 model years, or allowing California to set its own rules. But the effort faces an uphill battle in the Senate and from the Obama administration, which oppose the GOP move. Last year, the Senate and Obama administration refused to go along with the House, which had approved the same amendment […]

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  • Auto makers proving critics wrong in race to meet 2016 fuel efficiency standards

    Auto makers proving critics wrong in race to meet 2016 fuel efficiency standards

    by Jeremy Cato The Globe and Mail June 27, 2012 The doomsayers were saying it would not happen, it could not happen, that car companies were incapable of meeting strict 2016 fuel economy regulations without suffering cataclysmic damage to their health as viable companies. Apparently they were wrong. Just days ago, for example, Nissan Canada proclaimed that, thanks to a strict diet, technology improvements and an aerodynamic design, the all-new 2013 Nissan Altima will offer best-in-class fuel economy figures of […]

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  • EPA wins historic victory on emissions regulations

    EPA wins historic victory on emissions regulations

    by BusinessGreen staff Business Green June 26, 2012 A federal appeals court today upheld legal limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and vehicles in what was hailed as a “huge victory” for green groups and the Obama administration. A three judge panel unanimously upheld the view put forward by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that carbon dioxide is a danger to public health that can be regulated under the existing Clean Air Act… The move seems to leave […]

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  • Federal court upholds Obama EPA’s climate change regulations

    Federal court upholds Obama EPA’s climate change regulations

    by Ben Geman The Hill June 26, 2012 A federal appeals court has upheld Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) greenhouse gas regulations, a victory for the Obama administration that’s also sure to inflame election-year political battles over the White House green agenda. Environmentalists heralded the three-judge panel’s unanimous 82-page ruling that leaves intact EPA’s first-time regulations and authority to craft future rules to help combat global warming. “Today’s ruling by the court confirms that EPA’s common sense solutions to address climate […]

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  • EV-Everywhere? U.S. Energy Secretary Chu touts initiative for affordable electric vehicles in Dearborn

    EV-Everywhere? U.S. Energy Secretary Chu touts initiative for affordable electric vehicles in Dearborn

    by Michael Wayland MLIVE June 21, 2012 DEARBORN, MI ‚Äî U.S. Secretary Steven Chuexpects American vehicle manufacturers like the Detroit Three to be testing “affordable” electrified vehicles by 2020. “The OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) really want to drive to get the affordable thing because that becomes mass-market,” he told reporters following a speech this morning in Dearborn. “If you are selling a car at $60,000, it’s a niche market… “Realistically, we think a plug-in hybrid at 340-50 miles, or a […]

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