July 26, 2011 |
The White House is preparing to slightly soften its proposal on new fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks, after weeks of talks with automakers lobbying for lower standards out of concern for the impact on their business. The Obama administration's initial suggestion was that automakers steadily increase fuel economy between 2017 and 2025 to a fleetwide average of 56.2 miles per gallon, although environmental activists have complained that a series of exemptions and credits would make the actual mileage substantially lower than that.
September 15, 2013 |
If reducing your carbon footprint is a priority, Alaska Airlines may be the carrier for you. In its first efficiency study, the International Council on Clean Transportation ranked the Seattle-based carrier as the nation's most fuel-efficient major airline, followed by low-cost Spirit Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. Alaska was 26% more fuel-efficient than the least efficient airline, Allegiant Air, according to the study, released last week. “Aviation is a critical part of the U.S. economy, but it consumes a lot of oil and it's the fastest-growing contributor to climate change from the transportation sector globally,” said Drew Kodjak, executive director of the International Council on Clean Transportation . About one third of the efficiencies can be attributed to technology, such as the use of fuel-efficient engines and those up-turned winglets installed on many newer jets, the study concluded.
January 27, 2009
President Obama granted one of our deepest pro-environment wishes Monday by directing the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider allowing California to set tough emissions limits, and therefore tighter fuel economy standards, on vehicles. It's tempting to declare victory and move on, except that the president isn't finished with fuel and transportation policy yet.
January 3, 1988
I applaud The Times' article describing the complexities of the government's Strategic Petroleum Reserve ("Saving Oil for a Rainy Day," Dec. 13). I would point out, however, that SPR is neither the least expensive nor the lowest-risk option for enhancing America's energy security. This point was forcefully articulated in the 1981 energy security study done for the Defense Department's Civil Defense Preparedness Agency. SPR incurs not only a purchase cost, but storage costs and carrying charges as well.
March 14, 2012 |
With national gasoline prices averaging about $3.80 a gallon and above $4 in many states, consumer auto information sites are taking a new look at the fuel economy of vehicles and making recommendations. Edmunds.com has a report about the vehicles that have made the biggest leaps in fuel efficiency, and the gains are pretty startling. It's obvious the automakers know that gas prices are top of mind with consumers. Edmunds looked at the fuel economy of vehicles in the 2008 model year and again this year.
October 26, 2010 |
The Obama administration announced new rules Monday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants by requiring greater fuel efficiency for big trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles starting with 2014 models. The regulations, the first of their kind, call for a 20% reduction in heavy-vehicle emissions by 2018, which would require boosting fuel efficiency to an average of 8 miles per gallon, compared with 6 mpg now, experts estimate. Trucks and other heavy vehicles make up only 4% of the U.S. vehicle fleet, but given the distance they travel, the time they spend idling and their low fuel efficiency, they consume 20% of all vehicle fuel, said Don Anair, a senior analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists' clean vehicles program.