EPA science advisers axed; execs from regulated industries to replace them

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emissions Politics government EPA regulation air pollution science Donald TrumpWhile much of the nation's capital is preoccupied with the unpredictable Trump administration and its possible ties to Russia, the fate of the Environmental Protection Agency generates less news coverage. That's not to say there hasn't been news. Administrator Scott Pruitt is proceeding swiftly with a radical plan to restructure—critics.

2017 29

Pruitt won't kill EPA 'endangerment' finding on climate change

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The current EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, does not accept the scientific consensus on human contribution to climate change, though he has given some contradictory statements on that matter. emissions government EPA global warming climate change carbon dioxide science Donald TrumpHis views correspond closely to those of his boss, President Donald Trump, who notoriously compared the science to bovine excrement in a tweet and called.

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Photos reveal how polluted the U.S. was before EPA was founded

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emissions government EPA History climate change regulation air pollutionIt can be argued that the current presidential administration appears to lack interest in the traditional mission of the Environmental Protection Agency. As a candidate, Donald Trump advocated wholesale repeal of environmental regulations and increased production of fossil fuels. He has also called climate science a "hoax" created by China to hurt.

2017 36

2017 Chevy Bolt EV electric car: 238-mile EPA range rating, 119 MPGe combined

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Now Chevrolet has released the EPA estimated range. Efficiency plug-in cars Range Test EPA Ratings MPGeThere will be a lot riding on the tall, square shoulders of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV when it reaches the first Chevy dealers late this year. It will be the first mass-priced electric car with a range of 200 miles or more, and it will go on sale a year before the much-vaunted Tesla Model 3.

EPA's 'Top Fuel Sippers' Don't Use Fuel: They're Electric Cars

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a list of top "fuel sippers," compiled from its fuel-economy ratings. Published on the EPA's Fueleconomy.gov website, the list includes. Green EPA EPA Ratings MPGe plug-in carsThe U.S. But none of them actually use any fuel at all. That's because they're all electric cars. DON'T MISS: What Is MPGe Anyway? What Is Efficiency For Electric Cars?

Bill making it harder for scientists to sit on EPA Science Board advances

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But potential changes to the EPA do not come solely from the Executive Branch. Environmental government EPA congress climate change fossil fuels scienceSince the election of Donald Trump, considerable attention has focused on how a candidate who campaigned on promoting fossil fuels would treat the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies charged with regulating those industries. Over the past few.

2017 25

EPA releases final heavy-truck emissions rules

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heavy duty EPAThe Environmental Protection Agency unveiled this week its final rules for reducing emissions from heavy-duty trucks, including semitractor-trailers, buses, and other heavy trucks. The agency said the new rules would cut carbon dioxide emissions by 1.1 billion tons, cut fuel costs by $170 billion, and save roughly 2 billion barrels of oil over the.

2016 25

Clean energy to grow, coal to fade, regardless of Trump EPA plans

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President-elect Donald Trump's choice of Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicates that his administration will pursue radically different energy policies from its predecessor's. emissions EPA energy policy renewable energy fossil fuels Donald Trump

Ruling that EPA must regulate carbon emissions: now 10 years old

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April 2 of this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Massachusetts vs EPA in which the EPA was forced to regulate carbon emissions. Carbon Footprint emissions laws EPA global warming lawsuit climate change carbon dioxide regulation MassachusettsAnniversaries often provide an opportunity to reflect on important past events, review what has happened since, and reflect upon the future.

2017 17

EPA To Demand More Electric Cars From VW To Settle Diesel Scandal: Report

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EPA TDI VW plug-in cars Volkswagen diesel scandalA German newspaper has suggested that the Environmental Protection Agency wants Volkswagen to build electric cars at its assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The agency also wants Volkswagen to help build a nationwide network of DC fast-charging sites for plug-in electric vehicles. Those actions would be part of an overall settlement of the.

EPA to reopen 2022-2025 auto-emission rule decision: report

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It looks like lobbying pays off, at least in the case of EPA emission rules. According to numerous recent reports, the EPA is expected to reopen the commenting period for vehicle-emission rules it finalized in January, more than a year ahead of schedule. emissions Politics EPA CAFE regulation Corporate Average Fuel Economy Donald Trump

2017 17

All 2017 BMW diesels certified by EPA, production now starting

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The Volkswagen diesel scandal continues to unfold, and last week the EPA accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) of failing to reveal eight separate software routines that altered the behavior of diesel engines in Jeep and Ram vehicles. This might not seem to be the most convenient moment to restart production of a gaggle of diesel cars.

2017 18

EPA Will 'Up Its Game' With New Tests For Emissions Cheating

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will develop better ways to detect cheating on emissions testing in the wake of the Volkswagen diesel scandal, the agency's chief says. emissions EPA regulation Volkswagen diesel scandalThe U.S. It hopes to avoid future cases like this, in which Volkswagen installed special software that allowed cars to operate differently when an emissions test was detected.

2015 37

Trump names proud climate-science denier to head EPA transition team

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EPA energy policy White House climate changeIt didn't take long for the country to get its first indication of what a Donald Trump Administration could mean for U.S. climate policy. Trump has repeatedly denied the science of climate change, calling it a "hoax" at times. Prior to his Tuesday election victory, he also named a top climate-science denier to head his Environmental Protection.

2016 30

VW, Audi TDI Diesel Cars Had 'Defeat Device' That Violated EPA Rules, 500K Cars Recalled: BREAKING

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emissions EPA TDIThe announcement came out of the blue: "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a media call at 12 noon EST today, Friday, September 18, to make an announcement regarding a major automaker." When it was all over, German carmakers Volkswagen and Audi had been ordered to recall half a million of its popular TDI four-cylinder diesel.

2015 41

VW settlement with EPA announced over diesel emission scandal (updated)

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emissions EPA VW California Air Resources Board Volkswagen diesel scandalVolkswagen and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said today that they had reached an agreement on a plan to address hundreds of thousands of diesel vehicles sold over six years deliberately designed to violate U.S. emission laws. The agreement, released at 8 am California time this morning, complied with a deadline of today imposed by U.S.

2016 28

Automakers seek deal to delay EPA's 2022-2025 emission rules

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Despite some alarmist reporting, President Donald Trump hasn't abolished the EPA's vehicle emission limits. So far, he's done two things: signed an executive order reopening the comment period for 2022-2025 EPA emission limits, and proposed a budget that would slash EPA. emissions Politics EPA Fuel EconomyNor has he wiped out corporate average fuel-economy rules, set by the NHTSA.

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Trump's EPA deletes 'science' from Science Office mission statement

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Environmental emissions Politics EPA air pollution science Donald TrumpThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is emerging as one of the government entities most targeted by the new Trump Administration for change. In this case, if reports of the administration's draft budget proposal are accurate, change means wholesale elimination of staff, funding, and programs. Yesterday, however, an even more remarkable fact.

2017 15

Trump budget slashes EPA emission testing, hits makers with higher fees

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emissions Politics government EPA regulation Vehicle Testing Donald TrumpThe prospect of ongoing operations as usual continues to darken for the Environmental Protection Agency. According to a detailed internal budget document published in the The Washington Post, the Trump administration wants to eliminate virtually all federal funding for the agency’s vehicle emissions and fuel-economy testing budgets. If the.

EPA: 2025 target of 54.5 mpg may not be met; SUVs, trucks, cheap gas to blame

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emissions EPA NHTSA CARB CAFE Fuel Economy Corporate Average Fuel EconomyA pair of U.S. federal agencies said yesterday that while automakers had complied with the first five years of stricter fuel-efficiency laws, the industry seemed unlikely to meet 2025 targets for improving gas mileage. Rather than hitting the projected 54.5-mpg Corporate Average Fuel Economy—which translates to about 38 mpg on new-car window.

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More VW Emission 'Irregularities' As Investors Question Confrontation With EPA

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Green EPA Fuel Economy TDI Volkswagen diesel scandal emissionsAnother day, another Volkswagen emission scandal? It's beginning to seem like it. The latest news is that VW Group in Germany has found "irregularities" in carbon-dioxide emission levels in roughly 800,000 vehicles, mostly diesels, producing fuel-economy figures that were too high. That discovery, it said, exposes it to a potential cost of roughly.

EPA to reopen emission-rule review; how important is this step?

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Tomorrow is expected to be the day when President Donald Trump announces the EPA will reopen the comment period for the vehicle emissions standards it finalized in the waning days of the Obama Administration. emissions EPA climate change CAFE regulation Corporate Average Fuel Economy Donald Trump

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VW Diesel V-6 Engines Used By Audi, Porsche Have Cheat Software Too: EPA

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At that event, the EPA revealed that some 3.0-liter V-6 TDI diesel engines used by Audi, Porsche, and. emissions EPA TDI Cayenne Diesel Touareg TDI A6 TDI A7 TDI A8 TDI Q5 TDI Volkswagen diesel scandalSometimes there's no substitute for having a reporter right at a press event--with a smartphone. David Shepardson, D.C. bureau chief for The Detroit News, attended a press conference held by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today.

Carmakers asked to extend CAFE comment period; EPA said no

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The mid-July release of the EPA's Technical Assessment Report opened a 60-day. EPA NHTSA CARB CAFE Fuel Economy regulation Corporate Average Fuel EconomyIt's probably the battle that will do most to determine the carbon emission from new U.S. vehicles over the next decade. Automakers want to modify, delay, or extend the current corporate average fuel economy standards for 2022 through 2025 vehicles; regulators don't.

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EPA Expands VW Diesel Probe To Audi, Porsche V-6s; All Diesels To Be Tested

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emissions EPA TDI VW GroupAmidst a growing list of probes into Volkswagen's diesel-emission cheating scandal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expanding its investigation to cover additional diesel engines used in VW Group vehicles. The original admission by the company that it used a software "defeat device" to circumvent emission controls in real-world use.

2015 33

Volkswagen, EPA Unlikely To Settle Before End Of March: Report

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emissions EPA TDI VW VW Group Volkswagen diesel scandalFive months after it first hit the press, U.S. owners of 580,000 diesel vehicles with Volkswagen TDI engines are no closer to knowing how or when their cars will be modified than they were in mid-September. And if a report last week by the Reuters news service is accurate, they have at least another month to wait--and potentially longer yet.

2016 24

Carmakers ask Trump to review EPA rules, use discredited job projection

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Just days after the presidential election, an automaker lobbying group wrote Donald Trump asking him to change, delay, or dispense with an EPA decision that kept planned exhaust-emission standards through 2025. emissions EPA jobs CAFE regulation Corporate Average Fuel Economy Donald Trump

2017 17

EPA Aiming To Target 'Defeat Device' Workarounds, Not Racing

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) crackdown for weekend racers. Now the EPA’s effectively saying, “Calm down, it was all a big. emissions EPALast week, alarm bells were sounding for large portions of the enthusiast, motorsport, and racing community, over new regulatory language that, from the sound of it, could result in a U.S.

2016 18

New Tesla Model S 100D version rated at 335 miles of electric range

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EPA battery pack Tesla Motors plug-in cars EPA RatingsIf anything, the pace of new Tesla model changes seem to have increased of late. Over the last year, a 60-kilowatt-hour battery option has reappeared, a new 100-kwh battery was launched, followed by a sequence of software updates to make it faster, and all Autopilot sensors were replaced with new hardware. Now, quietly, Tesla has launched a new.

2017 44

Did EPA head ask coal lobby to fight Paris climate pact? Claim disputed

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On Monday, Trump's EPA administrator Scott Pruitt reportedly asked a. Politics EPA global warming climate change electric utilities science Donald TrumpThe Trump administration is either having a robust internal debate on its climate positions or floundering incoherently as various interests vie for the president's attention. Its intentions for the Paris Climate Agreement that the U.S. signed last year remain entirely unclear.

2017 11

Justice Department, EPA Sue VW Over Diesel Cheating, Billions In Penalties Possible

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At the request of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Green EPA VW Volkswagen diesel scandal emissions lawsuitThe U.S. government has now sued Volkswagen over its diesel-emissions cheating. Department of Justice filed a civil suit against Volkswagen in a Federal court in Detroit Monday. The suit alleges VW's use of "defeat device" software in diesel cars constitutes a violation of the.

VW's Electrify America submits electric-car charging plan to EPA, CARB: now what?

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EPA CARB plug-in cars charging charging infrastructure Volkswagen diesel scandalVolkswagen has submitted a plan for electric-charging infrastructure to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board. VW's "Electrify America" plan shows how the automaker would spend funds it is required to commit to zero-emission vehicle infrastructure under the terms of a settlement for its diesel-emissions.

EPA keeps car-emission rules to 2025; what happens under Trump?

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The EPA's carbon limits correspond exactly to NHTSA standards for corporate average fuel economy, and the EPA decision was widely (if incorrectly) reported to be about. emissions EPA NHTSA CAFE carbon dioxide Corporate Average Fuel Economy Donald TrumpTwo days ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a ruling that existing limits on tailpipe emissions of carbon dioxide for 2022 through 2025 should remain in place.

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EPA Issues Final Clean Power Plan Rules; Now The Fight Begins

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After much discussion, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its first-ever standards for carbon emissions from power plants. Under the newly-finalized Clean Power Plan, the EPA will attempt to use its authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon emissions from power plants. Environmental emissions EPA energy policy climate change air pollution

EPA Proposes To Cut Ethanol Requirement For Gasoline

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EPA ethanol energy policy transportation policy Renewable Fuel StandardIn 2007, Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act, which includes a Renewable Fuel Standard requiring certain amounts of ethanol to be blended into the national fuel supply. But over the past few years, the volumes of ethanol called for by the rule have been deemed unrealistic by analysts and critics. And last week, the U.S.

Audi, Porsche, VW Diesel Stop-Sale Orders: More Cars Than EPA Named

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EPA's contention that its 3.0-liter TDI diesel engines contained illegal emission software, Porsche's U.S. emissions EPA TDI Cayenne Diesel Touareg TDI Q7 TDI A6 TDI A7 TDI A8 TDI Q5 TDI Volkswagen diesel scandalAlthough VW headquarters in Germany came out swinging against the U.S. arm suspended sales of its Cayenne Diesel on Tuesday. Now, Volkswagen Group of America has issued a stop-sale order to its dealers for a list of pricey Audi, Porsche, and.

EPA: 'Long List' Of Questions On New VW Diesel Software Feature

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A couple of weeks ago, Volkswagen seemed confident that it would be just a matter of weeks before it made some simple tweaks and got its 2016 lineup of TDI diesel vehicles certified by the EPA. The EPA has said that it has a. Green EPA TDI VW Volkswagen diesel scandal emissionsThat was before the existence of a second, and different, piece of software--previously undisclosed by VW--came to light.

2016 21

Even More Coal-Fired Power Plants To Be Retired Under Proposed EPA Rules

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Environmental emissions EPA energy policy electric utilities energy air pollutionAmong currently used methods for generating electricity, coal is by far the dirtiest. But--in the U.S., at least--it's also on the decline as an energy source. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) now predicts that coal's share of U.S. electricity generation will decline from 44 percent in 2011 to 32 percent in 2040. DON'T MISS: What.

2015 27

2016 Chevy Volt EPA Ratings: 53-Mile Electric Range, 42 MPG On Gas

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The 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid has been rated by the EPA at 53 miles of electric range, a nice boost on Chevy's earlier promise of "at least 50 miles." The EPA also rates the 2016 Volt at 42 mpg combined when the engine is running, and 106 Miles Per Gallon Equivalent combined when operating solely on electricity. Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars EPA Ratings BMW i3 REx

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Budget Bill Cuts EPA Funding, But Keeps Clean Power Plan Intact

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Environmental emissions Politics EPA energy policy congressLate last week, Congressional leaders reached an agreement on a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund the government through September. The negotiations lasted until just days before members of Congress were set to leave Washington for the holiday season, creating concern over the potential for another government shutdown in the weeks.