Diesel lawsuit proceeds against Mercedes-Benz

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec 4MaticWhile Volkswagen has reached a historic settlement and had to buy back hundreds of thousands of its diesel cars in the U.S., it isn’t the only automaker to be investigated for cheating on diesel emissions. Fiat Chrysler recently agreed to recall its Ram and Jeep EcoDiesels and pay owners for misleading advertising claims. A third case…
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At climate talks, Trump team plans to promote coal

Smokestacks pollution air qualityAt climate talks scheduled for next month, where nations are expected to set up rules to follow to meet targets set out in the Paris Climate Accord in 2015, the Trump administration is planning a sideshow to promote fossil fuels. President Trump notoriously announced six months after taking office that he would withdraw the U.S. from the Paris…
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Colorado sides with California standards but won't yet mandate electric vehicles

Smog over Los Angeles, courtesy Flickr user steven-bussColorado last week formally joined the ranks of states that are in some way choosing to adopt California’s rules for emissions, rather than those of the federal government. With a unanimous vote by the state’s Air Quality Control Commission, Colorado is joining Pennsylvania and Washington in agreeing to adopt California low emission…
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UCS report shows electric cars get even cleaner in 2018

UCS 2016 EV emissions mpg mapElectric cars keep getting cleaner, despite efforts by the EPA and NHTSA to roll back pollution standards on cars and powerplants. That’s the conclusion of the latest report from the Union of Concerned Scientists which annually measures the environmental impact of driving an electric car. The study rates the environmental impact relative to gas…
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Trump fuel-economy proposal writes off rising global temperatures

Smokestacks pollution air qualityIt’s not that the Trump administration doesn’t believe in climate change. It just doesn’t want to do anything about it. In a 500-page draft environmental impact statement concerning the EPA’s and NHTSA’s joint proposal to roll back fuel-economy and emissions regulations, the NHTSA reports that it expects global temperatures to rise by 7 degrees…
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Commentary: How to make your voice heard on fuel economy freeze

EPA Acting Administrator Andrew WheelerDrivers are not helpless in the face of government plans to roll back fuel economy standards. A joint August proposal from the EPA and NHTSA to freeze planned increases in fuel economy standards is out for public comments until Oct. 23. Public comments can make a difference. DON’T MISS: Trump administration releases proposal to weaken fuel…
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VW diesel settlement, California clean air, and fuel economy demands: Today's Car News

Byton M-Byte electric SUV prototypeCalifornia clean air regulators held a reportedly contentious meeting with Trump administration officials over the proposal to roll back fuel economy standards. A wide survey of Americans told researchers that they’re dissatisfied with the fuel economy their cars get now, implying they might want cars to improve. A new report links California’s…
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California meets with federal regulators over fuel-economy rollback

Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]Trump administration officials met with California regulators Wednesday to discuss the EPA and NHTSA’s proposal to freeze fuel economy and emissions standards from 2020 through 2026. The proposal would rescind scheduled increases planned under the Obama administration, which would have raised vehicles’ average fuel economy to about 39 mpg based on…
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Final deadline for VW TDI diesel settlement

Volkswagen turbodiesels await their fate near Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado SpringsTwo more days. That’s all the time owners of 2.0-liter diesel VWs have to file claims to receive a large financial settlement and to have their cars repaired to meet emissions standards. TDI owners have had plenty of notice to file paperwork to receive a financial settlement to replace or fix their cars, yet the latest report from the class action…
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