Tag: Transportation


While the surrounding European Union is sticking to its guns with 40 percent greenhouse gases emissions reductions by 2030, Switzerland is showing some leadership by targeting 50 percent cuts by 2030. This is a bold move that deserves to inspire Read more…


According to a new report, up to 650,000 people are working within the bicycle economy in the European Union. With the right incentives, these figures could reach a million jobs by 2020 according to the European Cyclists’ Federation. As The Read more…


Behind electricity, transportation is the second largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., according to the EPA. Twenty-seven percent of those transportation-related GHG emissions are attributed directly to freight trucks and commercial aircrafts. Companies across the spectrum, from Read more…


The car as the ultimate American icon, as represented in literature, cinema and all types of media, seems to be on its way out. And that’s a good thing, too. Transportation is one of the biggest sources of emissions in Read more…


As discussed here, the widening divide between rich and poor has meant that new cars are unaffordable for an ever-increasing segment of the American population. At the risk of sounding like Marie Antoinette with her fatal “let them eat cake” Read more…


At a rate of about a dozen a week, I’m approached with ideas in clean energy/transportation. Here’s an imprecise breakdown of my response to these concepts I’ve received over the last three years: 2%: Crackpots. An attempt to raise money Read more…


If you’re looking to tour the world of urban transportation without leaving your armchair, then Straphanger might be the book for you. The book describes how people get around in a dozen global cities, including Tokyo, Paris, Copenhagen, New York, Read more…


The car company is dead, long live the car company! No, I’m not trying to pour cold water on the notion of the “rebirth” of Detroit, as effectively marketed by Chrysler and Clint Eastwood in the recent Super Bowl ad. Read more…


Transportation has always presented significant design challenges. And no mode of transportation is more fraught with potential hurdles than the automobile. How can we improve fuel efficiency without affecting performance? Are there ways to reduce weight while maintaining strength and safety? Read more…


September 19-25th is the EPA’s Pollution Prevention Week, a time to consider the impact of daily habits and commit to making them a little more green. Humans are constantly on the move. Unlike societies past, we’ve invented numerous ways to Read more…


While I think no piece about electric bikes is really complete without touching on the Optibike electric mountain bike I had the thrill of taking on a week-long test drive two years ago, this piece by energyNOW!’s Josh Zepps about Read more…


Transportation is one of the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions, therefore switching from fossil to alternative fuel sources is an imperative. Many cities across the U.S. are getting ready for electric vehicles as part of the drive towards cleaner Read more…


For city, county, and state governments, the question is one of determining what to do in response to higher gas prices that are likely coming to the U.S. during the summer months. $4 a gallon gas prices should of course Read more…


Municipal fleets, including buses and other forms of city transportation, use a heavy amount of energy every year.  Much like the military, we’ve seen a steady decline in the rate at which they consume. Factors include:

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