Policy News

 

  • July 29, 2011
  • White House ramps up U.S. fuel-economy goals
  • Marketwatch, Shawn Langlois
  • SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — The White House, working closely with the auto makers, took major strides Friday toward slapping the toughest fuel-economy requirements yet on new cars and trucks. The proposal calls for corporate average fuel economy, or CAFE, of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, with benchmarks phasing in ... more ›
  • July 29, 2011
  • Will the new fuel economy rules actually work?
  • Washington Post, Brad Plumer
  • This morning, Barack Obama is scheduled to unveil one of the biggest policy accomplishments of his term—though it certainly won’t seem that way. After the president gives his televised remarks on the debt ceiling crisis, the White House is expected to announce—at a much sleepier Washington Convention Center venue—that it ... more ›
  • July 25, 2011
  • Guest Post: Why PACE Deserves to Return
  • Greentech Media, Rosalind Jacksno
  • A bipartisan effort to revive the home retrofit program will create jobs and reduce financial risk. It’s all upside. Last week, a bipartisan trio of House Representatives announced legislation to reinstate local governments’ right to run PACE energy retrofit programs. By the time the “PACE Assessment Protection Act of 2011” ... more ›
  • July 21, 2011
  • The Pressure to add clean power in California
  • Earth2Tech, Ucilia Wang
  • Setting renewable energy mandates for utilities has been the big policy hammer that forces the use of wind, solar and other sources of cleaner power in the U.S. The pressure has intensified in California now that utilities are required to meet at least a 33 percent mandate by 2020. Utility ... more ›