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Like images from a 1979 newscast, a man from the corn growers' association buttonholes anyone who will listen. With a $200 kit, he can fix a car so it will run on ethanol. He's got one installed outside and is offering free rides. Someone from Ford Motor Co. complains that it will be awfully hard to persuade people to buy cars that run on anything but gasoline. Some of that other stuff is dangerous.
September 28, 1987
I agree with The Times that, "Southern California in particular must search for every means possible to reduce the amount of ozone and other pollutants escaping into the atmosphere," ("Package of Smog," Editorial, Aug. 31). According to the President's Council on Environmental Quality, since the passage of the Clean Air Act of 1970 the nation's overall air quality has vastly improved. This finding recently was reinforced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a periodic assessment of the nation's air quality.
December 21, 1988 | LARRY B. STAMMER, Times Staff Writer
Three interconnected and growing environmental and national security threats--global warming, air pollution and dependence on foreign oil imports--are being aggravated by existing federal policies, a report by a Washington-based public policy research group warned Tuesday. All three problems, the World Resources Institute said, are linked through the gases, pollutants and technologies associated with the burning of fossil fuels for transportation and the generation of electricity.
January 5, 1988 | LARRY B. STAMMER, Times Staff Writer
Air quality officials said Monday they will seek approval this week for a broad new clean-fuels program that would require that all vehicles purchased by fleet operators after 1993--including rental car fleets and RTD buses--run on electricity or clean-burning fuels such as methanol.
May 4, 1989 | From Associated Press
Using fuels such as methanol instead of gasoline to power cars could boost the risk of global warming, according to a study given to automotive engineers Wednesday. However, the study said, stringent government controls on emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that contribute to the warming of the Earth, combined with policies discouraging travel by car, could lessen the impact of alternative fuels on the climate. The study by independent consultant Michael Walsh was presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Automotive Engineers.
May 7, 1986
You are to be commended for your strong editorial (April 29), "Staying a Step Ahead," on behalf of cleaner operating RTD buses. Dirty diesels are an obvious source of air pollution that is especially offensive to the rest of the motoring public. In an effort to begin corrective action, last year I carried, and the governor signed, Senate Bill 152, which will include diesel inspections to the "smog-check" program currently applicable to smaller vehicle engines in areas of the state with poor air quality.
November 20, 1987 | DAVID FERRELL, Times Staff Writer
Out of a $200 wrecked Volkswagen, Kenneth Krutz has built his dream machine: a sleek, three-wheel, open-cockpit electric car that will reach 70 m.p.h. with a full set of batteries. The dashboard is lined with solar cells. If the weather, namely the wind, is right, he can turn to a propeller--another source of free power.
April 1, 2012 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
The rows of experiments at the Los Angeles County Science Fair began with a simple question: Is a dog's mouth cleaner than a human's? Answer: It isn't. How about this: Is the closest living relative of the Tyrannosaurus rex a chicken? Not quite. It's the red junglefowl, a wild chicken. Or: Could a sixth-grader build a hovercraft? He could, capable of carrying both him and his mother. But he couldn't figure out how to propel his creation. "I read that some fire extinguishers would work," he wrote, "but my parents wouldn't let me try. " These results and many others were presented by more than 1,000 young scientists whose work for the 62nd annual science fair was on display at the Pasadena Convention Center on Saturday.
Chrysler Corp. will have the capacity to build 100,000 cars annually that can run on methanol, gasoline or both beginning in mid-1992, company officials said Friday. The announcement made Chrysler the first auto producer to disclose its plans for satisfying a requirement in the new federal Clean Air Act that car makers make alternative-fuel vehicles available for sale as part of a pilot program in California.
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