Obama is asking Congress to raise the EV subsidy at least one more time, and he wants to expand it to other alt-fuel vehicles. Is the third time the charm?
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What the $57,900 Toyota Mirai rolled out last month, executives said that with current state and federal incentives, the Mirai could sell for as little as $45,000. However, Autoblog Green reports that Congress has let the $8,000 tax rebate for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles quietly expire, meaning the Toyota Mirai and other FCVs will have […]
The key to kick-starting electric sales in this country is to raise the federal tax-credit for said purchase up to $10,000 says VT Congressman Peter Welch.
That up there is a quote from teabilly wannabe and Texas Congressman Joe “of course he’s from Texas” Barton. It’s from 2005, sure – but I just became aware of it. I’m betting that most of you don’t walk around thinking that this level of stupidity is possible, but it is. I also don’t think […]
In 2008 then-President George W. Bush, with approval from a Democratic majority in Congress, funded the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program to the tune of $25 billion. Five years later and less than half of that money has been given out, and to just five companies. A panel in the House of Representatives wants to cut the funding to put money towards fighting wildfires in the west…and it’s honestly a better use of the money at this point.
With gas taxes bringing in less and less revenue, states like Massachusetts and Washington are considering a pay per mile tax. This idea of charging drivers a taxed based on how much they drive is even being bandied about Congress. Basically a pay per mile tax, or Vehicle Mile Tax, would charge American drivers per mile driven instead of charging the current 18.4 cent-per-gallon Federal gasoline tax they pay now.
Hydrogen fuel once seemed like a promising alternative to oil, but years of broken promises and false hopes has put hydrogen technology on the back burner for many car companies. So is it any surprise that the Obama Administration withdrew much of its support for fuel cells, and instead backed electric cars?
Yet with EV’s also proving a hard sell, U.S. policy makers are reviving interest in hydrogen fuel cells. This includes a bipartisan committee of U.S. Senators who have revived the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Caucus.
The United States Post Office is dirty, inefficient, and – after failing to pay back the $12 billion loan it got from the US Gov’t – hemorrhaging cash at an alarming rate. Total collapse (in the form of not being able to pay employees, pay bills, or buy stamps) has been looming for over a […]
This Wednesday saw the U.S. Senate approval of a two year $109 billion transportation and infrastructure bill. Now the ball is in the House Republicans court. The federal highway trust fund is set to expire at the end of March. The United States Highway Trust Fund is a transportation fund which receives money from federal […]
When writing about alternative fuels, there is often this sense of deja vu; like I’ve been here and done that. So it is not surprising in the least that I find myself once again writing that Congress is kick the ethanol industry while its down, and moving to block the sale of E15 gasoline at […]
There is no question that America’s highway infrastructure is in dire straits, and they need to be fixed. Unfortunately, a too-low gas tax and misplaced priorities have seen infrastructure constantly shuffled to the back of the pack, especially when it comes to promoting public transit options, walkable spaces, and bike paths. President Obama and Transportation […]
President Obama’s State of the Union Address was very alternative fuel heavy. This lead to a number of applause breaks and in many the camera captured Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders showing his approval. Senator Sanders has been a champion of the alternative fuel movement for a long time and at a recent rally in […]
On the heels of reporting (more) record breaking profits, and just as gas prices hit $4 a gallon nationwide, Big Oil has been called to Washington to defend billions in tax subsidies that some politicians to strip away. The five largest oil producers in the U.S.; Exxon-Mobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, BP America, and Shellby took in […]
In a series of moves that are either laughably backwards or just fundamentally stupid, the newly-elected Tea-Party wingnut Republican majority has taken swift, immediate action to de-green … the cafeteria. Really. John Boehner, the new Speaker of the House, announced the moves AWAY from green initiatives like ecologically sustainable utensils and trays made from corn […]
The U.S House of Representatives voted to block the EPA’s waiver to allow America’s gas pumps to carry E15, a 15% ethanol/gasoline mixture. Is this the end of America’s experiment with ethanol?
I’m all for cutting government waste, but a recent bill introduced by Republicans in Congress would bar California from setting its own emissions and end the EPA’s power to regulate auto emissions. I hate politics.