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California Sues EPA over Waiver Denial
By Alison Loomis | Thursday, 03 January 2008

In his first political action of the new year, Governor Schwarzenegger has filed suit against the EPA to overturn the agency's decision denying California's request for a waiver to regulate tailpipe emissions. Fifteen other states have joined the suit, as well as five national environmental groups.

After delaying California’s request for nearly two years, U.S. EPA administrator Stephen Johnson promised he would make a decision by the end of the year. Hours after President Bush signed the federal energy bill on December 19, Johnson announced his decision to reject California’s waiver request.

The decision went against the recommendation of Johnson's own staff, and long-standing EPA practice. The agency has routinely approved over 50 waivers in the past, leading to improvements like unleaded gasoline, and catalytic converters. This is the first time in the 37-year history of the Clean Air Act that the U.S. EPA has not granted California a waiver.

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"Green Car of the Year” Less Efficient than Model - T
By Andy Mannle | Tuesday, 20 November 2007


The 2008 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid was awarded the “Green Car of the Year “ award at the LA Auto show, despite the fact that it gets only 21 miles per gallon. So why does it qualify as a ‘green car’ at all?  Because its two-mode hybrid system makes it more efficient than a normal gas-guzzling SUV. But critics argue that with fuel prices reaching record highs, and temperatures soaring from global warming, we need to get truly efficient cars on the road in significant numbers if we’re going to make real reductions in our greenhouse gas emissions.

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GM's Electric Resurrection
By Mark Durham | Tuesday, 06 November 2007

Chevy Volt
"Do you hear that?"

"It's humming."

"Oh, that's no ordinary hum. That's the sound of the future: the extended-range electric car powered by the miracle of the advanced lithium-ion battery pack.
You plug it in. And they expect you'll get up to 40 miles without a drop of gas.

The adorable kids, the comforting narrator, and the sleek silver car framed by an oak tree are standard Madison Avenue fare.
But then, in tiny type, a caveat appears on the screen: "Not yet available for sale." GM is running TV ads for a car that doesn't exist yet -- and won't for at least three years.

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