Carrots and Sticks to Reduce Car Emissions

We collectively need a drastic reduction of our CO2 emissions, especially from our cars, and as quickly as possible. This much is clear. I have argued that an exclusive favouring of hybrid and electric vehicles makes no sense if other automotive technologies can also achieve emissions reduction (and I'm talking about real, lifecycle emissions, not just tailpipe emissions). ...more

So you want a seven-seat car that does better than 30 mpg

It's only reasonable: you have a large family to move. Or a family of musicians that play large and delicate instruments. Or you regularly have grandparents in the car, or a few friends. You end up with a minivan or an SUV / crossover: but those tend to eat fuel in a big way. Gas prices have been down fron their peak earlier this spring, but they're still high. I've heard so many moms say, with a sigh, that they would gladly give up their gas hog, if only they could find a gas sipper that offers enough space. ...more

VW offers 2012 Passat with better fuel efficiency

Take it as the first hopeful sign that automakers are responding to the new CAFE 2025 standards for cars' fuel efficiency.  The 2012 VW Passat 2.0L TDI does 31/43mpg (cty/hwy). One of these years, perhaps VW will throw the Bluemotion version in our direction, the one that does 48mpg....more

New Fuel Economy Standard: 54.5 mpg by 2025

Clean air lovers rejoice: Cars in the U.S. are going to get a lot more fuel efficient. Earlier today, President Obama -- along with automakers -- announced new fuel economy standards. As NPR reports, "The agreement pledges to double overall fuel economy to 54.5 mpg by 2025, bringing even greater under-the-hood changes to the nation's automobiles starting in model year 2017. Cars and trucks on the road today average 27 mpg."...more
Good news! For the next few years, all car manufacturers would have to do in order to meet the ...more

Bloggers on the Gulf Oil Spill: We Said the Night Was Full of Zombies

As an anti-plastics blogger, I should be able to write about the gulf oil spill in my sleep. The connections seem obvious. Plastic comes from oil. Our demand for plastic drives up the demand for oil, as do our demands for all the other products made from oil. I should be able to write about this topic as I would write about anything else related to plastic, things like Bisphenol-A, bottled water, PVC, phthalates, ocean plastic pollution, and yet until now, I couldn’t. ...more

Hi Jen. You're right. We're not going to stop using petroleum altogether, but we do need to ...more

Earth Day 2010: Buying Green vs. Being Green

Right now, my e-mail inbox is bursting with Earth Day PR pitches. "Please tell your readers to buy a T-shirt made from recycled plastic bottles, a recycled toothbrush, compostable cups and biodegradable plates, organic "me-shirts," bioplastic iPhone case and baby wipes, reusable containers and utensils, green tips from L'Oréal, organic cotton sheets, Sunchips in biodegradable bags, green cleaning products, eco-friendly jewelry, organic underwear, organic salad greens, or an American flag made from recycled plastic..." ...more

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Tips to Save as much as $800.00 a Year at the Pump

Even though gas prices are slowly coming down, gas will never be cheap again. And there’s no way to predict when the next “crisis” will make them skyrocket. So here are a few ways to stretch your gas money a little further regardless of whether you drive cross-town or cross-country. ...more

The Ultimate Chick Magnet: Being Gas Free

By Gawky Green @ ...more