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Jun 12, 2015 - 11:45am
Photo Above: NREL employee Kevin Donovan plugs his electric vehicle into one of the 36 charging...
Photo Above: NREL employee Kevin Donovan plugs his electric vehicle into one of the 36 charging stations in the NREL parking garage. Recently, Politico announced what we at Sierra Club have long known: across the country, King Coal is on the ropes. In a long-form piece detailing the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign strategy and history of success, the numbers spoke for themselves. The Sierra Club and our allies have, through grassroots organizing, lobbying, litigation, and media engagement, secured the retirement of one dirty coal-fired power plant every 10 days on average for the last...
May 29, 2015 - 11:53am
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I'M DRIVING 550 MILES in three days, all by myself, mainly for the fun of it—and I'm not an environmental villain. Behind the wheel of a borrowed bright-red electric Tesla Model S, I click off the miles as I head south from the San Francisco Bay Area on Interstate 5 through California's San Joaquin Valley, feeling virtuous because my tailpipe spews no pollution.I can't call my Tesla "zero polluting," because the electricity its batteries use comes from somewhere. But in my case, that somewhere is Pacific Gas & Electric Company's grid, one of the least fossil-fuel dependent in the United...
May 21, 2015 - 12:22pm
You've probably heard of that psychology study that found children are more likely to go for one marshmallow...
You've probably heard of that psychology study that found children are more likely to go for one marshmallow now than the promise of two marshmallows later.  Researchers at UC Davis found that car buyers are no different and are more likely to buy the car and take advantage of an immediate discount -like a rebate accessible within several weeks- than one that comes with a tax credit available several months later, even if the longer-term one is of higher value.This week, Governor Dannel Malloy of Connecticut wisely announced a new electric car rebate program that gives a more immediate...
Apr 27, 2015 - 7:25am
Increasingly, small businesses are installing electric vehicle charging stations as a way to attract new and loyal customers....
Increasingly, small businesses are installing electric vehicle charging stations as a way to attract new and loyal customers. The Carlisle House Bed & Breakfast in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, added an electric vehicle (EV) charging station for its guests to use during their stay. Owner Alan Duxbury said he's conscious of his environmental footprint and wants to do what he can to reduce it. He hears from customers that the charging station makes the B&B more competitive with big chain hotels nearby that aren't providing this special perk.Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire,...
Apr 10, 2015 - 7:05am
This post was co-written by Hayley Hoverter, a Sierra Club intern and Dartmouth College student.In just the last couple...
This post was co-written by Hayley Hoverter, a Sierra Club intern and Dartmouth College student.In just the last couple of weeks, there has been good news and bad news about state electric vehicle (EV) programs. Georgia decided to end its $5,000 consumer EV tax credit by this summer (so run out and buy one now if you live in the peach state!), and Illinois quietly cancelled its $4,000 EV rebate program. However, Massachusetts renewed its $1,500-2,500 EV consumer rebate program last week, and it looks like new state EV incentives might be coming down the pike in states like Oregon and Rhode...
Apr 10, 2015 - 7:05am
This post was co-written by Hayley Hoverter, a Sierra Club intern and Dartmouth College student.In just the last couple...
This post was co-written by Hayley Hoverter, a Sierra Club intern and Dartmouth College student.In just the last couple of weeks, there has been good news and bad news about state electric vehicle (EV) programs. Georgia decided to end its $5,000 consumer EV tax credit by this summer (so run out and buy one now if you live in the peach state!), and Illinois quietly cancelled its $4,000 EV rebate program. However, Massachusetts renewed its $1,500-2,500 EV consumer rebate program last week, and it looks like new state EV incentives might be coming down the pike in states like Oregon and Rhode...
Apr 2, 2015 - 9:58am
Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its report card on how automakers...
Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its report card on how automakers complied with historic vehicle standards in 2013. These vehicle standards will cut average vehicle emissions to 163 grams of carbon dioxide per mile in 2025, equivalent to 54.5 miles per gallon. The key takeaway from EPA's report - automakers are exceeding standards for the second year in a row.Every year, each automaker is required to meet a certain standard based on the vehicles they sell. The standards are based on each sold vehicle’s "footprint," with larger vehicles facing less stringent...
Mar 25, 2015 - 12:32pm
This column was co-written by Mike Walker, the founder...
This column was co-written by Mike Walker, the founder and CEO of AlterAction, whose blog is here.People already driving electric cars have fallen in love, as shown by of-the-charts customer satisfaction ratings. But for the vast majority of Americans who aren't yet driving electric, how do we get them charged up?In our last two blogs in this series, we talked about the large number of people we need to switch to EVs if we're to have a shot at averting the worst of climate change. We also discussed the type of public policies -- like cash rebates -- that will incentivize people to drive...
Feb 18, 2015 - 12:01pm
Compared to conventional cars, plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  This...
Compared to conventional cars, plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  This is true even after accounting for the power plant emissions from the electricity to charge them. That's why environmental groups have been calling on policymakers, automakers, the media, and the public to support an accelerated switch to plug-in cars, while simultaneously slashing fossil fuel emissions in other ways -like improving mass transit and expanding solar power. In his state of the union address four years ago, President Obama said, "we can break our dependence on oil...
Jan 12, 2015 - 12:30pm
This column was co-written by Gina Coplon-Newfield and Mike Walker, CEO and founder of AlterAction. Photo by...
This column was co-written by Gina Coplon-Newfield and Mike Walker, CEO and founder of AlterAction. Photo by Aaron Choate.Recently, we at AlterAction -- a consulting firm focused on large-scale behavior change -- and the Sierra Club -- the biggest grassroots environmental group in the U.S. -- took an in-depth look at the U.S. electric vehicle ("EV") marketplace. A widespread switch to EVs is one key way to slash emissions, so our "charge" (sorry, pun intended) was to estimate the potential impact of EV policy and program options in order to identify which ones are most likely to increase EV...

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