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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...
Dec 19, 2014 - 12:35pm
The headlines appeared this week like a recurring bad cold: “Your All-Electric Car May Not Be So...
The headlines appeared this week like a recurring bad cold: “Your All-Electric Car May Not Be So Green,” “Your New EV May Actually Be Dirtier Than The Gas Powered Car It Replaced,” “Can Electric Vehicles Be 'Environmental Villains'?,” among others. A new study from the University of Minnesota assessed the cradle-to-grave “life cycle” impacts on air quality of conventional and alternative transportation. Its findings, which dovetail with information long known (but apparently not concise enough to fit into an attention-grabbing headline: Electric vehicles are really good for the environment,...
Dec 18, 2014 - 6:34am
As current and recently-elected governors consider which issues to prioritize in their new terms, electric vehicle...
As current and recently-elected governors consider which issues to prioritize in their new terms, electric vehicle policies should be on the list. Why? These programs will help them address environmental, health, and economic issues all at once.This week, 67 businesses and organizations sent a letter (PDF) to the governors and governors-elect of the 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states urging them to take specific actions that will accelerate EV adoption.  Notably, many businesses signed  the letter because they see a transition to EVs as a crucial way to spur domestic jobs and energy...
Dec 5, 2014 - 2:38pm
The Sierra Club recently installed the first electric car charging station in downtown Boise, on the side of...
The Sierra Club recently installed the first electric car charging station in downtown Boise, on the side of a house at Fifth and Franklin Streets that the Idaho Chapter shares with the Idaho Educational Association. The charger, paid for by donations from Idaho Sierra Club members, was officially unveiled to the public at a November 18 press conference and lunch at the Club's offices. Flanking the new charger, above, are Middle Snake Group chair Harold Orien and fellow Sierra Clubbers Michael Richardson, Lisa Hecht, David Monsees, Reed Burkholder, and Alan Hausrath.Photo courtesy of...
Dec 2, 2014 - 10:55am
Just about all the case studies I read in graduate school made it seem like the only people who make large-...
Just about all the case studies I read in graduate school made it seem like the only people who make large-scale change in the world are from the corporate or government sectors. Coming from the nonprofit arena, I knew there were powerful stories not being told about how NGO advocates too could positively affect millions of people -- and without a lot of money or inherent power.While finishing up my degree in 2008, I decided to write a case study that would show future students that -- through smart grassroots and grasstops organizing, policy analysis, lobbying, coalition collaboration,...

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