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New EPA rules will reduce air pollution and help increase fuel economy

March 3rd, 2014

The EPA today announced new rules for car emissions, which the agency says will help clean the air, save lives and enable fuel efficiencies that will save American drivers a combined $1.7 trillion by 2025.

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What to look for when you’re choosing a fuel-efficient vehicle

November 1st, 2013

The Alliance to Save Energy presents information about how fuel efficiency saves you money and energy. This video will walk you through common options.

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The true price of gas

June 14th, 2013

What is the true price of gasoline? It’s far more than you think when you step on the accelerator. This video shows the reckless reach of fossil fuel pollution.

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Environmental groups say new fuel economy standards will reduce US oil dependence and air pollution

August 29th, 2012

New gasoline standards for cars and light trucks set by the US Department of Transportation and the US EPA won final approval on Tuesday after several months of public review and hearings.

The new mileage standards will require that American cars get an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. The EPA touted the change as a near doubling of fuel efficiency for cars, and predicted the effect on consumers would be like lowering the price of gasoline by $1 a gallon. Overall, the measure will save consumers more than $1.7 trillion at the gas pump and reduce U.S. oil consumption by 12 billion barrels, according to the EPA.

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Green Test Drive: Prius Plug-in

February 24th, 2011

The Toyota Prius has evolved into t-h-e hybrid automobile since it first hit the
highways in North America in 2000, setting the standard as America’s biggest selling green car with 955,000 sold since introduction. Sometime early next year, Toyota will offer the Prius in a deeper shade of green.

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Find out more about hybrids at HybridCenter.org

June 24th, 2010

In an effort to house all the info about efficient vehicles in one virtual garage, the Union of Concerned Scientists has created HybridCenter.org.

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Federal grants awarded to projects aimed at boosting fuel economy

January 11th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced $187 million in awards to nine projects aimed at improving the fuel efficiency and emissions of heavy-duty trucks and passenger cars.

Three of the projects focus on trying to improve the efficiency of long-haul freight trucks by at least 50 percent.

Secretary Chu announced the awards in Columbus, Indiana, a state that is increasingly front and center with auto developments, with a firm that makes batteries for electric cars and a city readying a plant for the Finnish electric automaker THINK.

He noted that the development of cleaner engines, more efficient truck systems and improved gas mileage vehicles will help improve the energy security of the nation.

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Battle of the boxes: Rating a new generation from Kia and Nissan

July 24th, 2009

By Clint Williams
Green Right Now

There is a reason big, gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles continue to crowd parking lots. SUVs are eminently practical – capable of hauling any combination of people and stuff. There is plenty of storage space for snacks and wipes and coloring books and CDs and on and on.

The downside to such handiness: horrific fuel economy.

But there is a new breed of vehicle that offers much of the practicality of a big SUV and boasts 30 mpg, give or take. Can you chauffeur six soccer players to practice? No, but you can shuttle four. And how often are you filling up an SUV cargo hold with lumber or bales of pine straw?

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Find your car’s emissions and greenhouse gas ratings

May 19th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

How do cars pollute? In two main ways, through inefficient mileage (guzzling a gallon of gas every eight or 10 or 14 miles) and through tailpipe emissions.

There’s the pollution associated with manufacturing, also, but to keep it simple let’s stick with emissions and mileage. Obviously, both affect the air. Think of mileage as a measure of your car’s pollution volume over time – if a gallon of gas doesn’t take you very far, you have to burn a lot more gas — and emissions as the chemistry of that pollution; if the mix is particularly noxious, your car will be a bigger offender than one with better tailpipe controls.

So if you want to buy the cleanest car you can — in the price range you need — you’ll look at both factors. Fortunately, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has already done this work, assigning a “greenhouse gas” score to most models. Find it at the EPA’s Green Vehicles website.

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Get green in your apartment, condo or townhome

March 3rd, 2009

By Laura Elizabeth May
Green Right Now

Meredith Henderson was on a mission, she wanted to make composting available where she lived. But she is among of the one-third of Americans who do not own their own homes.

“I do feel that apartment dwellers are often left out of the green movement because of the fact that their options are limited by their landlord’s willingness to create those options within their buildings,” said 25 year-old Henderson.

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Better auto efficiency rankings via do-it-yourself calculator

January 21st, 2009

By John DeFore
Green Right Now

Last summer, we reported on an effort by professors at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business to get the world to change the way it thinks about automotive fuel efficiency: Ranking cars in terms of miles per gallon, they explained, is much less helpful when it comes to making green choices than ranking the gallons required to drive a set number of miles.

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Guidelines considered to cut diesel fuels

November 21st, 2008

By Tomas Roman
KGO – San Francisco

SAN MARTIN, CA — Thousands of lives could be saved in California by reducing the diesel fumes being pumped out from trucks and buses. New regulations are being considered to cut the cancer risk.

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