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  • How plug-in cars can face up to winter’s challenges

    Plug-in and hybrid vehicles face particular challenges in cold weather. But new technologies in the works could help those cars cope.

  • The most important film event of the year

    The most important film event of the year is just around the corner. I refer, of course, not to the Oscars, but to its fun-loving cousin from Northern California, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. What’s the draw? It’s held in Nevada City, a Hallmark-perfect (literally) town in the Sierra foothills. It features great films […]

  • Plug-in cars didn't just happen

    The past few weeks have seen the realization of a dream long-held by many: several major car companies started to deliver — into dealership and garages — production plug-in vehicles.  Count it as a milestone advacne in the fight against climate change…but as a part of the celebration, it’s useful to remember that this change […]

  • The Climate Post: Grid, for lack of a better word, is good

    First Things First: Cars, trucks, planes, and other things that go add more greenhouse gas to the atmosphere than any other sector where end-users burn their own fuel. And transportation added more energy-and-climate headlines this week than any other sector, driven by an emergency congressional payout to continue the “cash-for-clunkers” program and General Motors’ promotional […]

  • Slideshow: The plug-ins and electric vehicles of 2009

    Can’t wait until 2010 for the Chevy Volt (or Coda or Fisker Karma or Chrysler Circuit)? Check out these electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles that are either on the market now or will be by the end of 2009. In slideshow order: Aptera 2e Th!nk City Subaru Stella Toyota Prius extended-range hybrid Mitsubishi i-MiEV smart […]

  • Energy crops up at Obama’s 100-day press conference

    President Barack Obama told reporters at the press conference marking his 100th day in office that he is “pleased, but not satisfied” with the progress his administration has made thus far, noting energy among the issues they need to keep working on. While the majority of the event was consumed by other pressing issues of […]