BBC Parliament
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Like today at past transport questions, Minister Hayes was very bullish about Volkswagen executives face incremental charges for the diesel emissions scandal in the UK. How's that going? Well, it's very important we work with the Germans on this.
EVO
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‘For instance, who would have guessed, this time last year, we’d have voted to leave the EU?’. ‘I think we’re all aware that politicians can use information to suit their own specific policy agenda, frankly,’ says Jackson. ‘It’s very much a case of using information appropriately and I think there are lots of different levers that the politicians will pull, in a lot of cases to get the right solution, but maybe not always through the most appropriate means. Image 11 of 20 Image 11 of 20 ‘There is an issue; it’s how you deal with it that’s going to be important. I think there are two agendas here. Most European governments, and US regulators as well, are trying to push the electrification agenda, primarily on air quality. Nothing to do with carbon dioxide emissions, it’s all about air quality. “Can I have more electric vehicles in the city centre?” That’s what it’s about.
BBC Parliament
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Mere point out that figures from the environment committee from 2015 set out why it is wrong to demonise diesel and diesel drivers. Diesel cars account for just over 10% of all emissions in London. The same amount, nearly, of buses. And of ageing trains and of ground-based aviation, it is not simply diesel.
BBC Parliament
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I am sure the honourable gentleman, in the usual spirit of bipartisan generosity, will welcome the announcement in the Autumn Statement setting out a further £290 million of funding for live emissions vehicles. He says he wants action, what more action can you have done that? The policy, the legislation, the resources, we are taking action. The honourable gentleman, perhaps because it is Thursday morning and he's feeling grumpy, but he ought to welcome that.
New Scientist - Leaders
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TIME - Top Stories
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(WASHINGTON) While serving as Oklahoma's attorney general, new Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt coordinated closely with fossil-fuel companies and special interest groups working to undermine federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions, newly released emails show. More than 7,500 pages were released under court order Tuesday evening after an Oklahoma judge ruled that Pruitt had been illegally withholding his correspondence, which is public record under state law, for the last two years. Pruitt's office was forced to release the emails after he was sued by the Center for Media and Democracy, a left-leaning advocacy group. Other emails are still being held back pending further review by the judge. The Republican-dominated Senate voted on Friday to confirm President Donald Trump's pick to lead EPA. Democrats had sought to delay the vote on Pruitt's confirmation until the requested emails were released, but Republican leaders used their slim majority to push Pruitt through.
Voice Of America
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The correspondence also shows that Pruitt was in high demand as a speaker for groups that work with corporations and state legislators to shape important pieces of legislation. In addition to Devon Energy, another notable correspondent was Stuart Solomon, president of the Public Service Company of Oklahoma. Solomon sent an email thanking Pruitt for suing the EPA over a federal plan for compliance with Oklahoma's "regional haze" rule, which seeks to control air pollution. "Your lawsuit against EPA," Solomon writes to Pruitt, "and your encouragement of our efforts to settle this issue in a way that benefits the state, were instrumental in giving us the time and the opportunity to develop a revised state plan." Pruitt sued the EPA more than a dozen times in the eight years previous to Trump taking office. His lawsuits challenged the EPA's authority to regulate mercury pollution, smog, carbon emissions, and the quality of wetlands and other waters.
Informed Comment
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In terms of framing, using wind energy is a way to improve local air quality and save money on energy, while also reducing emissions from fossil fuels. paytonc/flickr , CC BY-SA But because it is such a complex and polarizing topic, they often face public uncertainty or outrage toward the issue. So while these local officials have been addressing climate change in their communities over the past decade, many of these policy activities are specifically not framed that way. As one respondent to our survey said : “It is my personal and professional opinion that the conservation community is on track with addressing the issue of climate change but is way off track in assigning a cause. The public understands the value of clean water and clean air. If the need to improve our water quality and air quality was emphasized, most would agree. Who is going to say dirty water and dirty air is not a problem? By making the argumentclimate change and humans are the causesignificant energy is wasted trying to prove this.
The Huffington Post
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Ars Technica
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Enlarge / This is what every Tesla driver wants to see upon arrival at a Supercharger station. (credit: Tesla) On Wednesday, Tesla posted a Q4 2016 loss of $121.3 million, but the loss was narrower than the $320 million net loss from the year earlier. The company said it made $2.28 billion in revenue in the quarter, up from $1.24 billion in Q4 the year before. Tesla reported $7 billion in annual gross revenue in 2016. All that comes on the heels of a Q3 in which the company posted a rare profitable quarter that CEO Elon Musk called Tesla’s “best quarter ever.” The company said its gross margin fell between the third and fourth quarters of 2016 due to lower Zero Emissions Vehicle credit sales in Q4 compared to the quarter before. In the last three months of the year, Tesla completed its acquisition of SolarCity as well as Grohmann Engineering , which will become Tesla Advanced Automation Germany. Read 7 remaining paragraphs | Comments
BBC News 24
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Police in Kuala Lumpur have named a North Korean diplomat as a suspect. The sweet smell of mask. It is too early in the morning to say that, but Sally, Elon Musk, he cannot do any wrong? Well... Go on, then. When it comes to the company and the car, Tesla, it would seem he has huge emissions.
Autocar
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Back in 1996, we reported on diesel "feeling the wrath of the environmental and health lobbies". So, how far have things progressed? Modern civilisation revolves around crude oil. Cars are one of the most visible uses for it, and therein lies the story of two brothers: petrol and diesel. They’re born of the same origin and differentiated by little other than the lengths of their carbon atom chains, yet diesel has a far dirtier (literally) image. After all, it’s estimated that despite being more fuel efficient and producing less CO2, diesels cough out as much as 10 times more polluting soot particles than equivalent petrol-engined cars. On 2 October 1996, Autocar’s Tony Lewin wrote about the uncertain future of the controversial fuel. Health issuesDiesel is set to become the environmental battle of the next decade,” we began. “Just as more car makers are turning to diesel power in order to meet stringent consumption targets, environmentalists and medical experts have come up with new warnings liking diesel particulate (PM) emissions with increased risk of respiratory diseases and cancer.
Daily Mail - USA
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Newsy
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If all the big and medium-sized vehicles in the U.S. were electric, emissions and fuel consumption would both be cut by more than a quarter. Learn more about this story at www.newsy.com/66885/ Find more videos like this at www.newsy.com Follow Newsy on Facebook: www.facebook.com/newsyvideos Follow Newsy on Twitter: www.twitter.com/newsyvideos
Politico
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He referred POLITICO to a Tuesday statement saying the AG's office went above and beyond the state's open records law in releasing so many communications. Pruitt’s closest ally energy sector appears to be Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy, one of the largest oil producers in the U.S. and which authored a letter on methane emissions that Pruitt largely copied and sent to EPA. The new emails show several communications between Pruitt’s staff and Devon, in particular Bill Whitsitt, formerly the company’s executive vice president for public affairs. Whitsitt, now retired, sent a draft letter to Pruitt aides in May 2013 that he hoped would be sent by a bipartisan group of attorneys general to EPA to counter to a petition from Northeastern states seeking tighter methane regulations. It would be a shot across the bow, warning EPA not to go down a negotiated-rulemaking or wink-at-sue-and-settle tee-up process, Whitsitt wrote.
BBC One Wales
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But as well as carbon emissions that process produces toxic nitrogen oxide gases which can harm people's health. In September last year the European Court of Justice ruled that Aberthaw was pumping out double the legal amount. Several years ago this stockroom would probably have held With the introduction of new legislation we have to change our diet across from low volatile coal, the indigenous Welsh coals across to highly volatile coal which, unfortunately, is only available outside of the UK.
BBC One Wales
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BoingBoing
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Tim Harford points out that Dieselgate -- when VW designed cars that tried to guess when they were undergoing emissions test and dial back their pollution -- wasn't the first time an industry designed its products to cheat when regulators were looking; the big banks did the same thing to beat the "stress tests" that finance regulators used to check whether they would collapse during economic downturns (the banks "made very specific, narrow bets designed to pay off gloriously in specific stress-test scenarios" so that they looked like they'd do better than they actually would). (more)
Autocar
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Skoda’s hatchback gets new headlights, some styling updates and a new 1.0-litre petrol engine The new Skoda Rapid and Rapid Spaceback have been revealed in pictures ahead of their public debuts at this month's Geneva motor show . The hatchbacks, which sit between the Fabia and Octavia in Skoda’s line-up, also get the Volkswagen Group’s turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, which is available with either 94bhp or 108bhp. In its lower state of tune, that engine can propel the Rapid from 0-62mph in 11.0sec with 101g/km of CO2 emissions and a claimed fuel economy of 64.2mpg. The 108bhp version does 0-62mph in 9.8sec, emits 104g/km of CO2 and has a claimed fuel economy of 62.7mpg. The rest of the engine range consists of the existing 1.4-litre petrol, 1.4-litre diesel and 1.6-litre diesel. Both the cars get upgraded bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, plus updated tail-light graphics with optional LEDs, as part of tweaked front and rear ends.
EVO
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7sec for 0-62mph. But even if it never feels sub-six seconds to 60mph quick, there is little lag and a healthy shove of acceleration in the mid-range. The sound from the engine, on the other hand, is a touch disappointing – despite the car’s dreaded noise amplification system, designed to enhance engine and exhaust noise through the speakers (ugh). As is the way it wont rev much beyond 6000rpm before the limiter intrudes. Both aspects are a result of having to adhere to increasingly strict emissions regulations, admits Fedeli with a “can’t do much about it I’m afraidshrug. Image 7 of 15 Image 7 of 15 What does work very well indeed, though, is the eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. In auto mode it’s as smooth and seamless as you could want, and in manual it provides a welcome extra hit of driver control/appeal, with smooth but quick changes occurring at the flick of a paddle, up or down.
Auto Express
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Both aspects are the result of having to adhere to increasingly strict emissions regulations, say the engineers. What does work very well indeed, though, is the eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. In automatic mode it’s as smooth and seamless as you could want, and in manual it provides an extra hit of driver control, with smooth but fast changes occurring at the flick of a paddle. The diesel Stelvio is the one to go for, though. Although it has less power than the petrol, there’s a chunk more torque on tap, which lends the Stelvio a deeper level of performance where it counts. And because there’s little or no trade off against the petrol in terms of engine and exhaust noise, the diesel’s extra torque mated to its superior economy means it has the edge overall. Image 6 of 25 Image 6 of 25 Speaking of which, on paper the Stevlio diesel actually surpasses its German rivals for efficiency; Alfa says the 2.
Auto Express
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0-litre three-cylinder TSI petrol option, available with either 94bhp or 109bhp. The less powerful engine hauls the car from 0-62mph in 11 seconds and onto a top speed of 116mph, while delivering fuel economy and emissions of 64.2mpg and 101g/km CO2. A 9.8-second 0-62mph dash is recorded for the 109bhp unit with a top speed of 124mph, but it loses out marginally in terms of efficiency62.8mpg and 104g/km CO2 is claimed. In the cabin, the Rapid gets new door inlays, new vents, new instruments, and redesigned switchgear for the air-conditioning controls. New optional Skoda Connect services including live traffic information and CareConnect support make the cut, alongside new USB ports in the back so rear seat passengers can charge devices such as smartphones. The new Rapid and Rapid Spaceback models will debut at the Geneva Motor Show early next month. What do you think of the updated Skoda Rapid? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. James Brodie
ScienceDaily
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EVO Reviews
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It wasnt impossible to replicate these feelings in the old flat-six Cayman, though, even if did it require slightly more commitment. So despite less accessible torque, the sound, excitement and quality of the old engine made it the finer more satisfying car to drive more of the time. And, with an engine that matched the quality of the chassis, the old Cayman felt like a more resolved and desirable product. MPG and running costs The main purpose of Porsche downsizing the previous Cayman’s flat-six engines to turbo fours was to reduce emissions in the wake of tightening CO2 regulations. As such, on paper at least, the mpg figure of up to 40.1 for a PDK Cayman (38.7 for the ‘S’) has been a useful improvement. However as our team has found, real world economy is not obviously better than the old car’s, with the turbocharged engines consuming considerably more in reality than the unrealistic European test cycles suggest.