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Some Experts Say Tax-By-Mile Black Boxes Inevitable

For every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction, and in the case of cars higher fuel economy is coming at a high cost, literally, for the nation’s infrastructure. With the federal highway fund not covering necessary repairs or improvements anymore, many states are seriously considering a tax-by-mile system that has privacy rights advocates up in arms.

October 28th

One Drawback of Fuel-Efficient Cars? Higher Gas Taxes

The Federal Highway Fund has had a budget shortfall for decades, owing mostly to the fact that the Federal gas tax hasn’t budged since 1993. That alone was bad enough to cause our infrastructure to fall trillions of dollars behind, and new more fuel-efficient cars are only compounding the problem. This has Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood looking at options that include higher taxes and tracking miles driven.

Virginia’s Governor Proposes Anti-EV Legislation

In some parts of the country, there is a very real and rational discussion about the role electric vehicles will play in transportation, especially when it comes to paying taxes. Without the need to buy gasoline, EVs avoid paying for taxes on the same roads they use. But a proposal by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell would eliminate the gas tax, while levying a $115 a year free on electric and plug-in hybrid drivers. Seriously?

January 28th

CSR Builds a Carbon-neutral Choo-Choo

Earlier this week, CSR announced plans to build the world’s first carbon-neutral locomotive. Set to run on biocoal (“coal” fuel created through an energy-efficient processing and compressing of cellulosic biomass), the train will will have the same performance and load-hauling capabilities as traditional coal-burning engines, but without harmful metals or volatile off-gasses. Check out the […]

May 24th

Washington State Passes $100 EV Tax

In what could be a preview of the future, Washington has become the first U.S. state to impose an annual tax on EV drivers to make up for lost tax revenue. This is because electric vehicles don’t need gas, which is taxed to to provide for road repairs and infrastructure improvements. This move has some […]

February 17th

FPL Helps Turn Florida's Sunshine into Clean Green Power

Solar energy has been in the news quite a bit these days with its ubiquity, advances in infrastructure, and expansion (as well as some major setbacks) making waves in the media. On the back of that publicity, Florida Power and Light Company (FPL) is working with the Florida Public Service Commission to offer rebates on […]

September 17th

Myth No. 6: Ethanol Gets More Subsidies than Oil

When I wrote “5 Ethanol Myths Exposed – as Crap!” a few days ago, I knew that it would upset some people (cognitive dissonance, and all that), but I was more surprised by the number of people leaving comments like this one, below, left by Steve Shurts. Your article (re. Argonne’s study) ignored the real […]

July 4th