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Clean Cars May Cost Less Than You Think

Chevy Spark

The Chevrolet Spark was found to be one of the most affordable and least polluting vehicles on the market today.

Yes, you can afford an alt-fuel car.

A new study released this week by Massachusetts Institute of Technology compares the lifecycle cost and emissions of owning 125 different vehicles on the market, and guess what? It turns out that clean cars are a great deal for both the environment and your pocketbook.

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Report: More EVs and Cleaner Grid Can Lower Emissions Significantly by 2050

Electric vehicles at EV charging stations

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Some studies have found that replacing gasoline vehicles with electric vehicles is like trading one dirty fossil fuel for another if the electricity is coming from a coal-fired power plant. Other studies make a good case for driving electric even in regions dominated by coal.

These studies are helpful if you’re evaluating which car to buy and drive today, but what about in the future? What impact can getting more EVs on the road have as the energy grid gets cleaner? Can EVs make a significant difference in lowering total emissions?

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5 Climate-Friendly Actions You Can Take Today

Alaska

Photo: Alaskan wilderness courtesy of Berkley Lab via Flickr.

Thousands of people have convened in New York for this weekend’s People’s Climate March in advance of the UN Climate Summit. If you can’t be there, there’s no better way to support the climate change issue than by taking action in your own daily life. Here’s a quick list of things you can do every day to help curb dangerous emissions that are changing our climate.

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Obama’s Plan to Curb US Oil Addiction

traffic congestion

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This Tuesday, President Obama unveiled a new plan aimed at curbing carbon emissions and reducing America’s dependance on oil.

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The coal industry faces steep challenges for the future

With its high carbon emissions and the low price of natural gas, it seems that coal-fired power is on its way to being phased out.

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An emissions reality check…

Carbon dioxide emissions could fall by 150 million tons per year if coal plants are replaced by natural-gas fired combined cycle plants. That’s equal to taking some 13,000 cars off the road each year.

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Exercise as Energy

Imagine going to your morning spinning class, getting a great workout, and producing clean energy, all before breakfast. This isn’t some dream of the future — it’s something you could do tomorrow at certain gyms across the country. That’s right, … Continue reading

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By the Numbers

Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.


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