Washington, D.C. — Plug-in hybrid vehicles could contribute greatly to reducing automobile oil consumption and emissions, but reaching those goals requires major progress in key areas. According to a report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the environmental and economic appeal of plug-in hybrid vehicles will depend heavily upon cleaner power sources and further battery advances.
Washington, D.C. — The average fuel economy of U.S. autos will remain unchanged from 2005 to 2006 according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), despite high gasoline prices and better technology entering the market, including hybrid vehicles, variable valve timing, and cylinder deactivation. EPA released its annual “Light-Duty Automotive Technology and Fuel Economy Trends” report on Monday. “The lesson is that better technology alone won’t get us the reductions we need in oil consumption and global warming gases.
With gasoline prices hovering around $3 per gallon, and the prices of many other energy sources high as well, dozens of bills have recently been introduced in Congress to address our continuing energy problems. However, most of these bills are "message bills" designed to send a message back home rather than serious attempts to pass legislation.
Washington, D.C. — This year, gasoline prices are eating into American budgets as they haven't done in decades. Cutting back on driving isn't the only way to reduce energy costs; most Americans can save on their electricity bills this summer with smart home cooling. Instead of toughing out one more season of high costs, consumers can save real money by reducing the energy they use to stay cool.
Washington, D.C. — Criticizing recent proposals to reduce gasoline prices as too weak and one-sided, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today called on government and business leaders to launch a vigorous public awareness and policy effort aimed at cutting pump prices by easing America's gasoline consumption.
Washington, D.C. — Changes announced today to the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) regulations for light duty trucks fall far short of the oil-addiction recovery goal set by President Bush in his State of the Union address, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
Washington, D.C. — Amid dramatic changes in the U.S. vehicle market and continued concerns about U.S. oil dependence, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today announced the year's "greenest" and "meanest" vehicles, along with the environmental scorings of all model year 2006 cars and passenger trucks. The vehicle scores are part of ACEEE's Green Book® Online, the ninth annual edition of ACEEE's environmental guide to cars and trucks, available online at GreenerCars.org.
Washington, D.C. — Policymakers across the political spectrum agree that the U.S. should reduce its reliance on imported oil, but cannot agree on which policies to favor. Much of the debate has centered on opportunities to improve the efficiency of cars and light trucks. A new report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) broadens this discussion by showing how efficiency measures beyond those directed at passenger vehicles could help curb America's appetite for oil.
Carbon dioxide is the predominant global warming pollutant, accounting for eighty percent of global warming emissions. Contrary to the goals set out in legislation recently considered in the U.S. Senate, emissions have continued to increase. Transportation is responsible for 32.3% of all carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. While the U.S. has made progress in reducing vehicles' emissions of regulated pollutants such as ozone precursors, CO2 emissions from the transporatation sector continue to rise.
Growing U.S. Carbon Emissions
America's dependence on foreign sources of oil continues to grow. Without significant reduction in vehicle miles traveled, implementation of more fuel-efficient technology, or use of a diversity of fuels, this trend will continue.
Percentage of Oil Imported
Source: EERE's Transportation Energy Data Book Ed. 24
Projected Percentage of Oil Imported