California Energy Commission approves plans to invest nearly $500M in electricity R&D and alternative fuels

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The approved 2014-2015 Investment Plan Update for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, which accounts for about 40% of California''s carbon emissions. The program annually invests in a variety of alternative fuels and vehicle technologies. 300,000-grant to the San Diego Association of Governments to develop an Alternative Fuel Readiness Plan.

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GSA proposes assessing package delivery vendors on environmental and alternative fuel benchmarks

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The US General Services Administration (GSA), the government’s purchasing arm, has proposed that vendors competing for a $1.5-billion government-wide contract for package delivery services beginning in 2014 (Domestic Delivery Services Generation 3, DDS3), be assessed on their ability to meet annual targets for fuel efficiency, greenhouse gas intensity and alternative fuel use as well as delivery prices.

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DNV GL paper suggests near-term success for LNG in shipping; alternative fuel mix to diversify over time

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Well-to-Propeller GHG emissions results for marine alternative fuels. DNV GL has released a position paper on the future alternative fuel mix for global shipping. According to DNV GL, the main drivers for the use of alternative fuels in shipping in the future can be classified in two broad categories: (a) Regulatory requirements and environmental concerns, and (b) availability of fossil fuels, cost and energy security.

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California Energy Commission awards more than $17M to support alternative fuel and infrastructure projects

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved $17,223,593 for eight projects including alternative fuel production, plug-in truck demonstrations, EV charging station deployment, and infrastructure planning. The awards were made through the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118. Pipeline transport of fuel and waterless processing will result in near-zero production emissions at the facility.

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US DOE Awards $300 Million in Clean Cities Grants to Support Alternative Fuels, Vehicles, and Infrastructure Development

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These projects put more than 9,000 alternative fuel and energy-efficient light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles on the road, and establish 542 refueling locations across the country. The project will deploy 502 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles through 119 public and private fleets throughout the state. The program includes the installation of 10 alternative fuel refueling sites (two B20, one Electric Recharging, and seven CNG).

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EEA: Traffic pollution still harmful to health in many parts of Europe

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Trend in emissions of air pollutants from transport in EEA-32: PM 2.5 , CO, SO x , NMVOC, NO x. Transport in Europe is still responsible for damaging levels of air pollutants and a quarter of EU greenhouse gas emissions, despite some progress in reducing the impacts from transport. Many of the resulting environmental problems can be addressed by stepping up efforts to meet new EU targets, according to the latest report from the European Environment Agency (EEA).

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Report: Traffic pollution still affecting health in Europe

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There is no doubt that the automotive sector is cleaning up its act by exploring new technologies and alternative fuels: however, traffic pollution continues to cause problems in many areas of Europe. According to a report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), transport in the continent is responsible for damaging levels of pollutants and around [.].

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US MARAD to award up to $900K for project converting vessel to natural gas

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The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) Office of Environment has issued a request for proposals (RFP) ( DTMA91R1500009 ) for projects that focus on converting a vessel to natural gas in an effort to measure in situ change in criteria pollutant emissions and greenhouse gas emissions before and after the conversion.

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Dr. James Hansen Has Something To Tell You

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Tags: carbon producers fossil fuels citizen volunteer environment politics capitol climate action climate change civil disobedience Killer Coal Dr. James Hansen Nancy Pelosi Joe Romm Environmental Politics Climate Progress election

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Dana to provide e-propulsion system for Class 8 truck hydrogen fuel development project in Alberta, Canada

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The trucks are part of a three-year, $11.2-million (C$15-million) Alberta Zero-Emissions Truck Electrification Collaboration (AZETEC) project, which involves the design and manufacture of heavy-duty, extended-range, hydrogen fuel cell electric hybrid trucks. The system’s compact design reduces weight and allows for more hydrogen fuel storage, while high-speed helical gearing provides greater overall efficiency. Fuel Cells Heavy-duty Hydrogen Motors Transmissions

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Big Blue Bus receives nearly $900K to purchase 58 new Cummins-Westport Near-Zero NOx engines

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In California, Big Blue Bus (BBB) will receive $870,000 from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee’s (MSRC) Near Zero Engine Incentive Program. Operating ISL G NZ engines on RNG offers a significant GHG emissions benefit compared to fossil fuels. Nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to a cleaner environment, the entire fleet operates on alternative fuels, including renewable natural gas (RNG).

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T&E finds city e-truck charging could cut road freight emissions by 22% in 10 years; requires €28B for charging infrastructure

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The EU could slash truck carbon pollution by more than a fifth (22%) in a decade by requiring its main cities to have electric truck charging infrastructure, according to a new study released by European environmental NGO Transport & Environment (T&E).

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, IVECO and ENGIE collaborating to promote natural gas in Europe starting from Belgium

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This collaboration is in line with the implementation of the DAFI Directive (Directive 2014/94 - Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructures), with a particular focus on certain countries and regions, starting from Wallonia, Belgium. At the “Salon de l’Auto” in Brussels, the Minister of Mobility and Environment announced a program for the improvement of air quality in Wallonia. FCA is pursuing the development of alternative fuel motors as a key pillar in its strategy.

California Energy Commission approves almost $700K for alt fuel projects

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The California Energy Commission approved $678,889 to projects that will boost the number of alternative fuel vehicles on the state’s roadways. The awards were made through the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118. The award recipients are: Upland Unified School District was awarded $278,889 to update its compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station.

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Ballard fuel cell modules to power 64t B-train tractor-trailers in Canadian hydrogen project AZETEC

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Ballard Power Systems will provide six FCmove-HD fuel cell modules to power two B-train tractor-trailer trucks as part of a C$15 million (US$11.2 The AZETEC project will test hydrogen as a zero-emissions alternative fuel to diesel, along with the refueling infrastructure and other systems that would be required for Alberta to implement this new fuel solution. Fuel Cells Heavy-duty Hydrogen

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IEA: improving efficiency of road-freight transport critical to reduce oil-demand growth; three areas of focus

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Improving the efficiency of road-freight transport is critical to reducing the growth in oil demand, carbon emissions and air pollution over the next decades, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest report, The Future of Trucks: Implications for energy and the environment. Although trucks are a major contributor to the growth in transport-fuel consumption and emissions, the sector receives far less attention and policy focus than passenger vehicles, the IEA noted.

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Feature: Going Green on Car Care, Repair and Insurance

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If you’re working on increasing fuel efficiency or you already have an alternative fuel vehicle, you can lessen your carbon footprint by taking advantage of green car care, repair and insurance. The higher the percentage of EVs on the road, the lower the air pollution.

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IMO sets 2020 date for ships to comply with low sulfur fuel oil requirement; 5000 ppm

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO), the regulatory authority for international shipping, decided to implement a global sulfur cap of 0.50% m/m (mass/mass) (5,000 ppm) on fuel oil starting 1 January 2020 during its Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), meeting for its 70 th session in London. Heavy fuel oil (HFO) is the predominant marine fuel. The interpretation of “fuel oil used on board” includes use in main and auxiliary engines and boilers.

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ICCT study examines current & projected use of heavy fuel oil in Arctic shipping; growth in BC emissions points to need for policies

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A new study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) estimates heavy fuel oil (HFO) use, HFO carriage, the use and carriage of other fuels, black carbon (BC) emissions, and emissions of other air and climate pollutants for the year 2015, with projections to 2020 and 2025. Top: Heavy fuel oil use (tonnes) in the Arctic, 2015, with minimum sea extents. Shorter distances result in fuel, labor, and time savings.

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Zhejiang University team investigates emissions from methanol-gasoline blends

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Globally, the use of methanol as an alternative fuel has attracted interest because of its low production cost, renewable capacity, and good combustion-related properties (higher thermal efficiency, higher engine power, and lower regulated emissions). In China in particular, there are abundant coal resources, and the technology of using coal to obtain methanol has been perfected with low cost; methanol fuel from coal has become one of the most popular alternative fuels for vehicles.

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Global Industry Alliance (GIA) launched to support low carbon shipping

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Thirteen companies have signed up to launch the GIA, under the auspices of the GloMEEP Project, a Global Environment Facility (GEF)-United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-International Maritime Organization (IMO) project aimed at supporting developing countries in the implementation of energy efficiency measures for shipping.

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Comprehensive LCA report from Ricardo on behalf of EC confirms environmental benefits of electrified powertrains

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With the shift to new fuels and powertrain electrification it is important to use life-cycle assessment (LCA) approaches in assessing the relative impacts of different options on a holistic basis. Electric (Battery) Europe Fuels Heavy-duty Lifecycle analysis Market Background Power Generatio

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UC report to CalEPA outlines policy options to decarbonize California transportation by 2045

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A team of transportation and policy experts from the University of California released a report to the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) outlining policy options to significantly reduce transportation-related fossil fuel demand and emissions. The studies are designed to identify paths to slash transportation-related fossil fuel demand and emissions while also managing a strategic, responsible decline in transportation-related fossil fuel supply.

US Maritime Administration to fund projects on reducing emissions from marine vessels, study on LNG bunkering

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The US Maritime Administration ( MARAD ) Office of the Environment has issued two funding opportunities; the first ( DTMA-91-R-2013-0020 ) will award up to an estimated $900,000 for up to 2 projects that demonstrate criteria pollutant emissions of carbon emissions reductions from marine vessels through repowering, re-engining, or using alternative fuel/energy. Of particular interest to MARAD is the use of natural gas (LNG or CNG) as a marine propulsion fuel.

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Reports highlight ongoing advances in vehicle technology, consumer demand for fuel efficiency in US and Europe

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Two separate reports highlight the ongoing improvement in vehicle technologies and the growing trend toward consumers purchasing more fuel efficient vehicles in the US and in Europe. MPG: A Progress Report on Achievability ”—of the response of consumers and automakers as both begin to experience the effects of the newly adopted federal fuel economy standard. Each year from 2010 to 2013, the average fuel economy for these ‘new series’ vehicles increased by an average of 2.2

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California Energy Commission awards more than $2.5M for clean transportation projects

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The approved awards were made through the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118. The program is slated to invest approximately $90 million during this fiscal year to encourage the development and use of new technologies and alternative and renewable fuels, with the goal of reducing dependence on foreign oil and improving the environment.

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Study finds POMDME-diesel blends cut soot up to 34% with no NOx increase

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A paper on their work appears in the journal Fuel. In order to achieve a reduction in pollutants, several methodologies and measures have been adopted by legislators, academia and industry. Research laboratories and manufacturers are focusing, among others, on the use of fuel blends with a variety of physical and chemical properties. The team compared the reference diesel fuel with two blends of 90% diesel - 10% POMDME by volume and 95% diesel-5% POMDME by volume.

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Volkswagen Group opts for LNG-fueled car carriers

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Alternative LNG drive systems for ships reduce air pollutant emissions significantly—CO 2 by up to 25% and NO x by up to 30%, particulate matter by up to 60% and SO x by as much as 100%. Emissions will be further reduced by the use of an advanced dual-fuel marine engine with direct injection and exhaust gas treatment. The Volkswagen Group is shouldering its responsibility for the environment. UECC dual-fuel LNG PCTC.

2016 185

Reaction Design Upgrades ENERGICO for Use in Liquid-Fueled Turbine Applications; Detailed Chemistry for Fischer-Tropsch Synthetic Jet Fuels

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Reaction Design is bundling the latest release of its ENERGICO software with detailed kinetic mechanisms for both gaseous and liquid fuels, enabling substantially more accurate predictions of engine stability and emissions performance. ENERGICO uses chemistry to accurately model combustion in a virtual environment, which helps identify ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Engine products group files legal challenge to EPAs partial waiver for E15

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The petition, filed with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, asks that EPA’s decision be remanded back to the Agency and requests judicial oversight and review over whether EPA’s partial waiver approval for E-15 fuels violates the federal Clean Air Act provisions, which expressly limit the circumstances under which EPA can approve applications for new fuels and fuel additives. AIAM supports renewable fuels, including ethanol.

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Tsinghua Study Finds That Conventional Three-Way Catalyst Can Handle the Unregulated Emissions from Low-Content Methanol-Gasoline Blends

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A study by researchers at Tsinghua University characterizing the unregulated emissions and combustion characteristics of low-content methanol-gasoline blends has concluded that while engine-out methanol and formaldehyde, as unregulated emissions, increased almost linearly with the methanol content in the fuel, the conventional three-way catalyst (TWC) has a high conversion efficiency for those unregulated emissions. Energy Fuels , Article ASAP doi: 10.1021/ef900974p.

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Reaction Design introduces model fuel library resulting from work of Model Fuels Consortium

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Good fuel models are required for good predictions. Reaction Design is introducing the first volume of the industry’s most well-validated available Model Fuel Library, the result of seven years of research and validation under the Model Fuels Consortium ( earlier post ). The components can be combined to model a large variety of new or existing fuel blends. However, real fuels, with their hundreds of components, are too complex to simulate directly.

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European Automotive Industry Outlines RD Priorities for EU Green Car Initiative

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Energy and Environment (exploring primary energy sources which are renewable, secure, sufficient and environmentally compatible; the electrification of vehicles and the road transport system as a whole; lightweight structures and new vehicle concepts for high energy-efficiency). Under the Energy and Environment category, CLEPA and EUCAR call for a major focus on the electrification of the vehicle, including work on hybrid, plug-in, electric drive, hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles.

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OECD paper presents and analyzes policies and programs to foster market growth of green cars

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While alternative fuel vehicles can potentially provide an important contribution to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and threats to air quality and human health; enhancing the energy security of countries; and providing governments with new sources of economic growth and competitiveness, there are a number of specific barriers retarding the development of the market, according to a detailed policy paper newly published by the OECD as part of its “Green Growth” series.

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Perspective: Ending Oils Monopolya Blueprint for Mobility Choice

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2 ] Furthermore, our environment cannot continue to bear the brunt of carbon emissions stemming from our heavy use of oil. We must fight against the increasing amount of carbon pollution entering our atmosphere if we are to leave our planet in better shape for generations to come. We can, and must, do more for the sake of national security and the environment. We need to develop cleaner, renewable sources of energy as well as alternative means of getting around.

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Governor Pataki On Board

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Bruno today announced a new $10 million State program to convert vehicles in the State fleet to plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and plans for the construction of a state-of-the-art alternative fuel research laboratory at the Saratoga Technology + Energy Park (STEP). The $10 million PHEV program will encourage the development and deployment of these vehicles, which can achieve a fuel economy of up to 100 miles per gallon. In most cases, these brands do not include renewable fuels.

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SAE New Energy Vehicle Forum: China’s focus on NEVs may have profound impact on future of transportation

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These include the increasingly problematic pollution and haze in cities; China’s projected increased reliance on imported oil; the need for rationalized multimodal transportation systems in ever more congested and space-limited cities; the growing dominance of the China auto market; and the desire to have China become the leader in the next generation of automotive technology, vehicles and mobility systems. The average fuel consumption of the passenger vehicles made in China was 7.3

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NRC report finds that large-scale production of algal biofuels poses sustainability concerns; not a definitive barrier

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Pathways for cultivating and processing algae to fuels and their products. Scaling up the production of algal biofuels to meet at least 5%—approximately 39 billion liters—of US transportation fuel needs would place unsustainable demands on energy, water, and nutrients, according to a new report from the National Research Council. algal biofuel production would have to produce sufficiently more energy than is required in cultivation and fuel conversion to be sustainable.

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New Proposal for Discrete Road Systems for High-Speed Vehicles and Low-Speed Modes of Transportation Seeks to Enhance Sustainability Without Compromising Benefits of Motor Vehicle Use

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Dr. Delucchi is a research scientist at the ITS, and is a member of the Alternative Fuels Committee and the Energy Committee of the Transportation Research Board. Also, In contrast to multi-modal solutions, in which users must shift themselves and any baggage, cargo, and personal belongings back and forth between multiple travel modes in a single trip, this dual infrastructure design creates two complete systems with alternative temporal, spatial, and social sensibilities.

2010 191

Belfer Center report calls for policymakers to begin taking steps to change policies for funding US transportation infrastructure

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The report, “Transportation Revenue Options: Infrastructure, Emissions, and Congestion”, summarizes discussions at a May 2010 workshop convened by the Belfer Center in which 27 experts debated three broad revenue-generating options: higher fuel taxes, perhaps supplemented by a carbon tax; fees collected based on vehicle miles traveled (VMT); and congestion fees on major roadways. users pay for the construction and maintenance of roads via a federal fuel tax.

2010 179

Schwarzenegger's Green Cred Fading with CARB Caos

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The LA Times headline, Mixed messages in the air, The governor's actions often work against his tough talk on pollution tells the story. It is not the first time the governor has made bold promises on the environment while his administration dragged its feet behind the scenes. Schwarzenegger has vetoed bills that would put new taxes on polluters, spur the development of alternative fuels and help clean the air.

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Using the PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) to Transition Society Seamlessly and Profitably From Fossil Fuel to 100% Renewable Energy

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The alternative-fuel car evolved to reduce exhaust emissions and other problems derived from burning fossil fuels. The PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), a subset of the electric car, combines a primary electric motor with a much smaller back-up engine fueled with a hydrocarbon/biofuel mix. (In If PHEVs became the major form of transportation, the use of fossil fuels would be cut dramatically. Smaller and lighter, it requires less liquid fuel.

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Researchers Propose New Method for Life Cycle Impact Assessment; Transportation Fuels as a Case Study

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To demonstrate the technique, Kristin Rogers and Thomas Seager applied it to a set of conventional and alternative transportation fuels (carefully noting that their purpose was purpose to illustrate the method, not to provide definitive conclusions about alternative fuels). TRACI-characterized inventory data for the different fuels and impact categories. Trade-offs are apparent in that no alternative outperforms all other alternatives in all impact categories.

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