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New EPA Annual Report: 2012 Fuel Economy Hit Record High

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EPA’s annual report shows MY 2012 vehicle sales hit an all time record high for car and truck average fuel economy.   And the trend is likely to continue. Highlights from the report demonstrate many positive developments: MY 2012 fuel economy averaged 23.6 miles per gallon—a new record and 1.2 mpg higher than MY 2011. Fuel Continue Reading

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The new normal: energy report predicts volatility, elevated commodity prices here to stay

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Nominal energy prices have increased 260 percent since 2000, according to a new report issued by the consulting firm McKinsey & Company.  The firm warns that many commodities have a new price floor, while economic pressures are increasing the volatility of the resource market. The report serves as an important reminder that alternative energy sources Continue Reading

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New MIT study: Pollution from U.S. Transportation Causing 53,000 Premature Deaths Each Year

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Conclusions from a recent MIT study provide yet more support for the need to move quickly on implementing stricter emissions standards: the cars and trucks we drive every day are shortening lives. According to MIT’s Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment, total ground-level emissions account for 200,000 early deaths annually, and transportation is the leading Continue Reading

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Highlights from #CleanAir4Kids

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Did you miss our Twitter chat yesterday on the EPA’s proposed clean car standards? We’ve pulled together the highlights: [View the story "Highlights from #CleanAir4Kids chat" on Storify] You can read the full chat overview here.

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Bothered By the Air That You Breathe? Tell Us Your Story

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Are you concerned that air pollution will harm your health? Do you or a family member suffer from respiratory problems, such as asthma, because of the quality of air that you breathe? If you have a story to share, please share it with Consumers Union (CU) here. Your story matters. CU’s Green Energy campaign is Continue Reading

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Join Our Twitter Chat with American Lung Association: Cleaner Cars Means Healthier Communities

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Consumers Union (CU) and the American Lung Association (ALA) will host a joint Twitter chat on Tuesday, June 18 at 3:30 EST to talk about why EPA’s new proposed standards for vehicle emissions and low sulfur gasoline are needed to improve public health and share stories from people affected by air pollution from roadways. Join our Continue Reading

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Air pollution and asthma: new e-book gives practical tips and ways to take action

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Despite the enormous progress resulting from the Clean Air Act, the air is still filled with pollutants that result in the occurrence of asthma in almost 26 million Americas. Asthma is a chronic lung disease—the most common chronic disease effecting children today. It is a growing epidemic, already threatening the health of approximately 7 million Continue Reading

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Top 5 news stories from March on clean cars.

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We saw some big things happen in the last few weeks on the road to cleaner cars. Here’s a taste: EPA announced average fuel economy hit a record high (23.8 mpg) in 2012 Hybrid sales jumped almost a third compared to the same period last year. EPA announced new tailpipe standards that will slash smog Continue Reading

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Where do we go from here on climate change?

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Super Storm Sandy forced climate change into the headlines, and the President highlighted its urgency in the State of the Union address. But most people have watched the figurative climate storm brewing for awhile. Last year was the hottest year on record in the United States, and from the near-record low levels on the Mississippi Continue Reading

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The Consequences of Polluted Air

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There is no way to put a value on clean air. The health of most living creatures out of the water depend on it. Our existence and our future depend on it. There is no longer anyplace on the earth that man’s air pollution hasn’t reached. For me personally I’ve watched my mother’s health dwindle, she can’t Continue Reading

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