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Mar 25, 2016 - 11:31am
Photo Credit: Darrell ClarkeAs SUVs were gaining momentum in 1998, the Sierra Club issued a press release...
Photo Credit: Darrell ClarkeAs SUVs were gaining momentum in 1998, the Sierra Club issued a press release condemning “greenwashing” by General Motors for using a loophole to meet the federal CAFE standards. Twelve years, a bankruptcy, and some serious engineering feats later, in 2011 the Sierra Club was applauding General Motors for releasing their highly-touted Chevy Volt. This week, the two are working together supporting electric vehicle consumer incentives in New York.Earlier this week, automakers, utility companies, and environmental organizations sent a letter of support for the...
Feb 26, 2016 - 10:29am
EVs VS. OIL: According to a new report, electric vehicles are on their way to becoming as affordably...
EVs VS. OIL: According to a new report, electric vehicles are on their way to becoming as affordably priced as conventional gasoline cars. By as early as 2023, EVs could displace demand for 2 million barrels of oil per day, which could lead to an oil crisis similar to the one in 2014.BUSTING LOGGERS: A new satellite-based warning system can alert officials to illegal logging within hours of the crime.DESERT BLOOM: Thanks to heavy rainstorms last fall, Southern California’s Death Valley is enjoying its largest wildflower bloom in a decade. The valley’s typical monochrome is popping with color...
Feb 26, 2016 - 10:03am
Photo Above: A sampling of the electric vehicles available on the market today. Photo Credit: Sierra Club. Electric...
Photo Above: A sampling of the electric vehicles available on the market today. Photo Credit: Sierra Club. Electric vehicles (EVs) are on the rise. In some locations, it’s no longer surprising to see LEAFs, Volts, or any of the multitude of available plug-in models driving alongside us on the road. Not even the climate-change-denying, fossil-fuel-baron Koch brothers, who run Koch Industries, have been able to ignore the reality of EVs’ growing popularity. According to journalist Peter Stone, the Kochs have quietly launched a multimillion dollar plan aimed at slowing EVs down.This week a...
Jan 8, 2016 - 11:29am
In December, when gas prices were the lowest they’ve been since 2009, U.S. consumers bought more electric vehicles than in...
In December, when gas prices were the lowest they’ve been since 2009, U.S. consumers bought more electric vehicles than in any month ever. That month, 13,650 drivers bought or leased a new Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, Chevy Volt, Ford Fusion Energi, BMW i3, i8 and X5, or the many other models available. These fortunate people and their families will rarely, if ever, stop at a gas station. The December sales height marks a more than 10-percent increase from last December, which previously held the record for highest monthly sales of electric vehicles.Gasoline prices averaged only $2.40 per...
Nov 11, 2015 - 11:45am
Momentum for cleaner public transit is building in both big cities and smaller communities. With the recent announcement out of...
Momentum for cleaner public transit is building in both big cities and smaller communities. With the recent announcement out of Lane County’s planned purchase of five zero emission buses, Eugene, Oregon joins Los Angeles, California; San Antonio, Texas; Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville, Tennessee; and dozens of other cities embracing zero emission bus technology.This is fantastic news. If you’ve ever stood behind a diesel bus spewing hot pollution as it left a bus stop, you’ll know why. Buses that rely on diesel engines are big polluters. That brown soot and exhaust isn’t just unsightly and...
Oct 28, 2015 - 8:15am
September marked 1 million electric vehicles (EVs) on the road worldwide. This is an incredible number that demonstrates the...
September marked 1 million electric vehicles (EVs) on the road worldwide. This is an incredible number that demonstrates the growing popularity of EVs around the world, but to to slash greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, this number needs to grow exponentially and fast.This week we at  Sierra Club, Conservation Law Foundation, and Acadia Center released a new report called CHARGING UP: The Role of States, Utilities, and the Auto Industry in Dramatically Accelerating Electric Vehicle Adoption in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States that demonstrates just what the Northeast and...
Oct 21, 2015 - 7:28am
Since German automaker Volkswagen admitted to outfitting millions of “clean diesel” cars...
Since German automaker Volkswagen admitted to outfitting millions of “clean diesel” cars worldwide with software designed to circumvent emissions tests, these staggering revelations have bolstered an important conversation about the need to revamp our cars and the way we fuel them.Real-world tests show that the doctored cars emit as much as 40 times the nitrogen oxides pollution allowed by clean air safeguards. Nitrogen oxides from cars are a key component of smog, which causes around 58,000 early deaths a year in America alone. Vox.com estimated that  the 11 million affected vehicles...
Oct 15, 2015 - 12:14pm
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As an environmentalist, I probably shouldn’t say this, but I love my car.For starters, I love its exceptional fuel economy—an average of 37.5 miles per gallon in the four years I’ve owned it and typically up to 45 mpg on the highway, a significant boost above the U.S. vehicle fleet average of 23.6 mpg. I love its understated style—sleek, compact, and modern without looking flashy. I’ve even come to love the feline purr of its diesel engine, the little rumble that signals its latent power.Unfortunately, my dream car is something of a mirage. That’s because I’m the owner of a 2010 Volkswagen...
Sep 29, 2015 - 2:37pm
Photo Above: Crowds browse EVs at Wilsonville's drive electric week...
Photo Above: Crowds browse EVs at Wilsonville's drive electric week event. Photo courtesy of Allison Kerley in Wilsonville, OR. In mid-September, more 130,000 people in 187 cities attended 196 National Drive Electric Week events featuring more than a dozen plug-in vehicle models for sale on the mass market today. This means the fifth annual National Drive Electric Week arguably constitutes the largest mass mobilization for clean energy in the U.S. to date this year.National Drive Electric Week was founded on the idea that nothing converts gasoline-car drivers to electric vehicle (EV) owners...
Sep 22, 2015 - 12:09pm
This week the German automaker Volkswagen admitted to outfitting millions of cars worldwide with devices...
This week the German automaker Volkswagen admitted to outfitting millions of cars worldwide with devices designed to cheat on emissions tests. As a result, these cars emitted dramatically more smog-causing pollution than allowed by clean air standards. The company is now under investigation in multiple countries around the world and faces a fine of up to $18 billion dollars under the Clean Air Act. While Volkswagen faces billions in fines, people around the world breathing dirtier air will pay with their health.From 2009 to 2015, Volkswagen sold more than 11 million diesel cars with software...

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