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Press Release | October 25, 2010

Proposed Truck Standards a Milestone, but Some Savings Opportunities Left Untapped

Washington, D.C. —  Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation proposed the first-ever fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses. The affected vehicles, ranging from large pickup trucks to big rigs, today consume about 2.5 million barrels of oil per day, one-fifth of total transportation oil use in the U.S.

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Press Release | October 1, 2010

EPA, DOT to Set Course for Further Reductions in Vehicles’ Oil Consumption, Emissions

Washington, D.C. – Making good on a commitment made by President Obama in May, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation today announced progress in developing standards that will dramatically reduce the fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks in model years 2017 to 2025. The announcement follows the adoption earlier this year of standards boosting average fuel economy to 34.1 miles per gallon by 2016.

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Blog | August 18, 2010

Is the Climate Right for Efficiency in China?

Summer Study participants were treated to two insiders’ take on energy efficiency in China.

Mark Levine was recently the director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and is now working full time with the China Energy Group at LBNL, a group Levine founded in 1988.

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Blog | June 17, 2010

Three Studies All Find that Long-Term Greenhouse Gas Emissions Limits Can be Met without Harming the U.S. Economy

<p>On Tuesday June 15, 2010, three studies were released on the impacts of the <a href="/topics/american-power-act-2010">American Power Act (APA)</a> as developed by Senators Kerry and Lieberman. The three studies also integrated in all or many aspects of the <a href="/topics/acela">American Clean Energy Leadership Act (ACELA)</a> as developed by the Senate Energy Committee. All three studies found that impacts of this bill on the U.S. economy would be minimal.

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Blog | May 9, 2010

The Danger of Downplaying Energy Efficiency

While Congress is now placing an emphasis on new energy resources, a closer examination of the evidence indicates the real push should be to dramatically improve the U.S. economy’s very low 13 percent energy efficiency.

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Blog | May 9, 2010

Automobile CAFE, Greenhouse Gas Standards Adopted; Heavy Truck Standards One Step Closer

On April 1st, USDOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the EPA issued harmonized fuel economy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for cars and light trucks of model years 2012 through 2016. The joint rulemaking marks the first major increase in fuel economy standards in three decades, and the first national GHG standards for vehicles.

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Press Release | April 28, 2010

America's Anemic "13 Percent Economy:" Experts Warn U.S. Risks Long-Term Growth by Focusing on New Energy at Expense of More Energy Efficiency

Washington, D.C. — What will play the biggest role in future U.S. economic growth: the new energy that we find … or the energy that we avoid using?

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