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California Air Resources Board News Clips for March 30-April 1, 2011. This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office of Communications. You may need to sign in or register with individual websites to view some of the following news articles. OBAMA’S ENERGY PLAN An Energy Plan Derailed by Events Is Being Retooled. IN just over two years in the White House, President Obama has seen the major elements of his energy and climate-change strategy demolished by a succession of economic, political, technical and natural disasters. Mr. Obama came into office promising to enact a market-based system to combat global warming and encourage development of alternative energy sources. He endorsed a cap-and-trade system in his first State of the Union address and budget and began pushing for comprehensive legislation to place the nation on a path to a future less addicted to imported oil and more reliant on clean energy alternatives. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/31/business/energy-environment/31POLICY.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss&pagewanted=print Obama goal to cut oil imports is well within reach. NEW YORK -- When President Obama called for reducing the nation's oil imports by one-third by 2025 in a speech Wednesday, he echoed similar goals - still unfulfilled - set by every president since Richard Nixon. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/03/30/1622444/obama-goal-to-cut-oil-imports.html Obama sets ambitious goal to reduce U.S. oil imports. WASHINGTON — Seeking to show the public he understands the burden of rising gas prices, President Barack Obama set an ambitious goal of reducing U.S. oil imports by one-third by 2025, and vowed to break through the political gridlock that has stymied similar initiatives for decades. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20110330/WIRE/110339993 Obama to detail US energy security strategy. WASHINGTON — Facing pressure to curb rising gasoline prices, President Barack Obama is calling for the U.S. to reduce its oil imports by one third by 2025, a lofty goal likely to run into significant obstacles. Posted. http://web.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/mar/30/obama-to-detail-us-energy-security-strategy/ Obama seeks one-third cut in oil imports. “Those of us who are concerned about climate change, we’ve got to recognize that nuclear power — if it’s safe — can make a significant contribution to the climate change question,” he said. “And I’m determined to ensure that it’s safe.” Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/mar/30/obama-seeks-one-third-cut-in-oil-imports//?page=2 Obama renews pitch for clean energy to reduce oil appetite. WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a goal to cut U.S. reliance on foreign oil by one-third by 2025, saying that demand from growing economies such as China and India probably will force prices up in the long term. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/03/30/2330725/obama-renews-pitch-for-clean-energy.html#storylink=misearch http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/president-obama-to-call-for-one-third-cut-to-oil-imports/2011/03/29/AFFy3O1B_story.html U.S. to reduce oil imports by a third by 2021, Obama says. WASHINGTON (NEWSCORE) -- US President Barack Obama outlined Wednesday a new plan to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil, expand oil production and increase the use of natural gas in vehicles. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-energy-20110331,0,5655740.story http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110330/A_NEWS/110339994&cid=sitesearch POLITICS: Greens see EPA-sized hole in Obama energy pivot. For environmentalists fighting to save U.S. EPA regulatory authority from the budgetary chopping block, the most pivotal part of President Obama's energy speech yesterday was what it failed to mention. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/EEDaily/climate_digest/2011/03/31/1/ Sector Snap: Natural Gas Dealers Up On High Prices. A one-two punch of winter storms and energy policy talk from President Barack Obama sent shares of a wide range of natural gas companies up sharply Wednesday. AccuWeather.com says a strengthening storm could knock out power in the Northeast this week, avalanches and high winds are striking the Northwest and a shot of winter chill will hit the Midwest next week. Posted. http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9M9N00G2.htm Obama to highlight alternative-fuel vehicle partnership plan. US President Barack Obama Friday will highlight a public-private partnership to help large US companies reduce diesel and gasoline use in their vehicle fleets by incorporating alternative-fuel vehicles and other measures, the White House said in an early morning statement. Posted. http://www.platts.com/RSSFeedDetailedNews/RSSFeed/Oil/8736755 Obama touts partnership to clean commercial fleets. The White House will work with major corporations, including AT&T Inc., FedEx Corp. and UPS Inc., to reduce fuel consumption in their fleets and integrate advanced hybrid and electric vehicles to the commercial sector. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/04/01/4/ Obama showcases fuel-saving vehicles. WASHINGTON -- With one eye on the gas pump and the other on his energy agenda, President Barack Obama is showcasing fuel-efficient vehicles as part of his goal to reduce U.S. dependency on foreign oil. The president was to make a short trip Friday to Landover, Md., to visit a UPS shipping facility that features fuel-saving vehicles. Obama was to launch a public-private partnership designed to help large commercial fleets cut back on their diesel and gasoline use. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/01/1624705/obama-showcases-fuel-saving-vehicles.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/04/01/2332521/obama-showcases-fuel-saving-vehicles.html#storylink=misearch http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_17750069 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_17737573 http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/01/3519797/obama-showcases-fuel-saving-vehicles.html http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/03/29/national/w091602D01.DTL http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/obama-promotes-his-energy-agenda-by-showcasing-energy-efficient-vehicles/2011/04/01/AFpkQmEC_story.html http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_17750069?nclick_check=1 http://wwww.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/apr/01/obama-showcases-fuel-saving-vehicles/ Mr. Obama’s Energy Vision. It was instructive and depressing this week to watch President Obama and Congressional Republicans marching in completely different directions on energy policy. Mr. Obama reminded us that charting a clean energy future is not a pipe dream and that America can reduce its dependence on foreign oil. The Republicans reminded us how hard it will be to get there. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/01/opinion/01fri1.html What a clean-energy standard is, and why we’re talking about it. Whether you think the energy plan President Obama announced yesterday is worth applauding depends on whether you think a clean-energy standard is worth supporting. For most people, that raises a second question: What’s a clean-energy standard? Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/what-a-clean-energy-standard-is-and-why-were-talking-about-it/2011/03/10/AFuTzMBC_blog.html Explaining Obama’s car talk. President Obama likes to spend time talking about batteries, but on Friday he’s talking cars. Specifically, a new Energy Department program encouraging private companies to buy more alternative fuel vehicles. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/explaining-obamas-car-talk/2011/04/01/AFYATLHC_blog.html Obama’s New Plan for Old Goal, Cutting Oil Imports. You can choose from music or film — “ Same as it Ever Was…,” “ Groundhog Day”– to find the same feeling of echoey familiarity contained in President Obama’s latest speech trying to break through America’s “ shock to trance” approach to energy, and particularly oil. His central goal is to cut oil imports by a third over the next decade.. Click here to scan coverage and reactions. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/30/obamas-new-plan-for-old-goal-cutting-oil-imports/ Obama Pushes Energy Savings From ‘Clean Fleets’. President Obama is joining with FedEx, UPS and several other major companies whose vehicles are familiar sights on America’s roadways to promote a new administration initiative encouraging businesses to operate commercial fleets that burn less gasoline and diesel fuel. Posted. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/01/obama-pushes-energy-savings-from-clean-fleets/?scp=8&sq=fuels&st=cse AIR POLLUTION Cemtrex Outlook: EPA's MACT Regulation Will Have a Positive Impact. FARMINGDALE, N.Y., April 1, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Cemtrex Inc. (OTC: CTEI) announced today that the EPA is expected to issue new regulations for air pollution emissions from electrical generating units (EGUs) based upon the Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) provisions of the Clean Air Act Amendments in March 2011. The final regulations should be promulgated by November 2011 and then power plants will have 36 months to comply. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/01/v-print/3520364/cemtrex-outlook-epas-mact-regulation.html Ruling: California can mandate cleaner ship fuels. SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal court has decided California officials have the authority to require ships that stop in the state's ports to use cleaner marine fuels to reduce pollution from engine exhaust. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Wednesday in favor of the Vessel Fuel Rules, which mandate that ship operators use less polluting fuel if they come within 24 nautical miles of the California coast. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/03/30/1622780/ruling-california-can-mandate.html http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110331/A_NEWS/110339979&cid=sitesearch http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/mar/30/ruling-california-can-mandate-cleaner-ship-fuels/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_c8e62848-8901-5e9c-b4d3-5a170efd287e.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/03/30/2330830/ruling-california-can-mandate.html#storylink=misearch http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_17737573 Senate Resolution on Clean Air Act Benefits Slammed as 'Work of Fiction', by JunkScience.com. WASHINGTON, April 1, 2011 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Senate resolution introduced citing enormous public health and economic benefits from the Clean Air Act was denounced as "a work of fiction" today by JunkScience.com. Introduced yesterday by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and 33 other members of the Democratic caucus, the resolution parrots U.S. Environmental Protection Agency claims that the Clean Air Act saves millions of lives and adds trillions of dollars to the economy. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/01/v-print/3520585/senate-resolution-on-clean-air.html Air pollution is another potentially deadly threat for U.S. soldiers in Iraq. As if U.S. troops serving in Iraq didn’t face enough risk to life and limb already, these servicemen and women are putting their long-term health at risk because the air in Iraq is so polluted. A study begun in 2008 is finding that much of the air pollution in Iraq is of the most insidious sort – the very small dust particles that can make their way deep into the lungs and stay there. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-iraq-air-pollution-health-20110331,0,5107215.story CLIMATE CHANGE Congress aims to curb EPA's power over gases, bugs. The Obama administration's bid to regulate greenhouse gases, after losing last year's congressional debate over global warming, is making the Environmental Protection Agency the focus of Republican attacks on federal oversight. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_6198e169-80de-5254-a6d9-ecc5747763b7.html http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/03/30/state/n134914D35.DTL Has Emissions Cap and Trade Created Toxic Hotspots? A New Study Says No. Despite concerns that date back to the early days of emissions trading, a U.S. EPA program that lets coal-fired power plants buy and sell the right to pollute hasn't hit poor people and minorities with dirtier air than everyone else, according to a new study (pdf). Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2011/03/31/31greenwire-has-emissions-cap-and-trade-created-toxic-hotsp-4746.html?scp=7&sq=air%20pollution&st=cse http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/climate_digest/2011/03/31/3/ CLIMATE: House to vote next week on EPA bill as Senate dithers. The House is poised to pass a bill next week that would prevent U.S. EPA from using the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions as Senate leaders continue grappling with when and how to bring the same provision to the floor. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/04/01/3/ U.S. emissions down, report says. WASHINGTON, April 1 (UPI) -- The economic recession and low energy prices contributed to the largest decline in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in more than a decade, the EIA said. Posted. http://www.upi.com/Science_News/Resource-Wars/2011/04/01/US-emissions-down-report-says/UPI-21011301660702/ Berkeley scientists' climate data review puts them at center of national debate. An effort by a handful of UC Berkeley scientists to reexamine temperature data underlying global warming research has landed in the center of a national political debate over government regulation. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-berkeley-climate-20110331,0,2472031.story Experts Heat Up Over Berkeley Lab Scientist's Quest to 'Calm' Climate Change Debate. The scientist heading up a controversial review of land-surface temperature records has a simple goal. "What I really hope to do is calm the debate" over climate change, said Richard Muller, a physicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the director of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature study (BEST). Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/04/01/01climatewire-experts-heat-up-over-berkeley-lab-scientists-q-490.html Denial of climate change is irresponsible and dangerous. SAN FRANCISCO -- My daughter, age 5, is a member. Chances are, so is a youngster you know. In fact, every child on Earth born after June 23, 1988, belongs to what I call Generation Hot. These 2 billion young people will spend the rest of their lives coping with the hottest, most volatile climate that civilization has ever known. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/03/31/v-print/3516933/denial-of-climate-change-is-irresponsible.html EIA reports 5.8% year-to-year decline in US GHG emissions in 2009; 4.3% drop in transportation sector although vehicle miles travelled increased. Total US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions were 6,576 million metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) in 2009, a decrease of 5.8% from the 2008 level, according to Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the United States 2009, a report released by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/03/eia-reports-58-year-to-year-decline-in-us-ghg-emissions-in-2009-43-drop-in-transportation-sector-alt.html#more NATIONAL PARKS: Proposed construction cuts test GOP senator's support for land buys. A Republican senator and key supporter of Interior Department land acquisitions yesterday criticized the National Park Service for failing to address a growing backlog of maintenance projects and argued funding might need to be shifted from climate change or other agency programs. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/EEDaily/climate_digest/2011/03/31/4/ GREEN ENERGY Climate Corps interns help businesses save energy. Cisco Systems is installing energy-saving devices throughout its R&D labs. EBay upgraded its lights to LED, installed power-management software and replaced most of its desktop computers with laptops. Shorenstein Properties adjusted the heating and cooling systems for its buildings. Now it plans a road show to educate its thousands of tenants about sustainability. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/03/16/BUS91I3IJD.DTL China charges up the on-ramp of the electric highway. When it comes to the future of electric cars, as with other green technologies, the wild card is China. The People's Republic has invested billions in renewable energy and has become a solar superpower in photovoltaic manufacturing. It's also poised to one day potentially blow away the competition in wind turbine production. Posted. http://www.grist.org/green-cars/2011-04-01-china-charges-up-on-the-on-ramp-of-the-electric-highway Aviation Welcomes Obama's Boost For Biofuels. Aviation industry expects to benefit from plans for at least four commercial-scale biofuel refineries announced by President Barack Obama today as part of an energy-security strategy to reduce U.S. oil imports by a third by 2025. Posted. http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_generic.jsp?channel=aviationdaily&id=news/avd/2011/04/01/14.xml&headline=Aviation%20Welcomes%20Obama's%20Boost%20For%20Biofuels VEHICLES Carmakers scramble to hire electric engineers. DETROIT -- Engineering students and newcomers to the auto industry are unfazed by the deep job cuts and troubles the industry has suffered in recent years - especially those looking to become tomorrow's electric vehicle engineers. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/01/1624863/carmakers-scramble-to-hire-electric.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/04/01/2332670/carmakers-scramble-to-hire-electric.html#storylink=misearch http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/01/3520056/carmakers-scramble-to-hire-electric.html Vehicle-sharing network Zipcar opens in Sacramento. Zipcars now live in Sacramento. City Council members approved the partnership with Boston-area Zipcar Inc., at its meeting Tuesday night. The car-sharing network with its flotilla of gas-sipping economy cars carrying its banner of affordable, convenient transportation opened for business Wednesday. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/03/31/1623049/vehicle-sharing-network-zipcar.html Start-Ups Work to Reinvent the Combustion Engine. IN this city where Toyota Priuses clog the roads and battery-powered Tesla Roadsters and Chevrolet Volts can be spotted at the organic farmers market, the engine factory in a gritty industrial neighborhood near San Francisco Bay is a throwback to the automotive past. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/31/business/energy-environment/31ENGINE.html?_r=1&scp=4&sq=diesel%20emissions&st=cse Pinnacle Engines Introduces Its Ultra-Efficient Combustion Engine. SAN CARLOS, Calif., March 31, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Pinnacle Engines today unveiled plans to commercialize a breakthrough ultra-efficient engine by 2013. The new engine design enables significant reductions in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions without increasing vehicle cost. Pinnacle also announced it has raised $13.5 million in venture funding from NEA, Bessemer Venture Partners and Infield Capital. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/03/31/v-print/3517030/pinnacle-engines-introduces-its.html Lexus CT 200h is a multifaceted hybrid. Lexus recently introduced an all-new car, the CT 200h, and it's a hybrid in more ways than one. Unless you're a descendant of Gregor Mendel or his peas, it's likely you think of hybrids in strictly automotive terms. But let us not forget that the term has long been more broadly applied to the result of two dissimilar entities being combined. Think of the pluot, a sweet combination of the plum and apricot. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-lexus-ct-200h-review-20110331,0,6561613.story 24.2 million EURO for electromobility in Europe. The ‘Green eMotion’ project will cover different types of electric vehicles, the development of Smart Grids, innovative Information and Communication Technologies solutions, and urban mobility concepts with the aim to exchange and develop know-how and experience in selected regions within Europe as well as facilitate the market roll-out of electric vehicles in Europe. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/54820110401.php SHIFT: From hybrids, technology, new vehicles and the environment, to saving money at the pumps. Could a new lightweight material replace metal and carbon fiber?: Scientists at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., have created a material with the look, strength and durability of metal, but that can be molded into complex shapes just like carbon fiber can - but as simply and cheaply as plastic. They say the material could have an impact on soci ety similar to the development of synthetic plastics in the mid-20th century. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_17744690 MISCELLANEOUS NYC green auction aids 4 groups. NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City benefit auction has raised $1.4 million for four environmental groups, including the Central Park Conservancy. Christie’s “The Green Auction: A Bid to Save the Earth” also will benefit Conservation International, Oceana, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/apr/1/nyc-green-auction-aids-4-groups// An ecological calculator to help make your home-buying decision. If you can apply a hard-headed business perspective to a home purchase, you don’t need a deep understanding of environmental issues to make a decision that is more environmentally benign, said Mathis Wackernagel, the man who devised the Ecological Footprint, a widely used metric for assessing the impact of human activities on the earth’s resources. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/buying-a-home-considering-environmental-as-well-as-emotional-aspect-easy-activist-says/2011/03/28/AFU31eHC_story.html Sacramento State expands environmental studies degrees. California State University, Sacramento is expanding the types of degrees students can earn in environmental studies. The university is now offering both Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in environmental studies. The B.S. requires students take more hard science classes, while the B.A. requires more classes focused on policy and planning. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/03/31/3518917/sacramento-state-expands-environmental.html San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District board seeks student videos. Students and teachers have a chance to help clean the air with 30-second videos promoting bicycle riding, carpooling and other practices. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is holding its third annual For Reel Video Contest for elementary through college entrants. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/03/31/1624590/air-board-seeks-student-videos.html OPINION MILLOY: Defund EPA’s enablers. NPR is not the only partisan political organization that ought to have its public funding cut. Congress should put the American Lung Association (ALA) on the chopping block, too. As Congress went on recess last week, the ALA took out billboard advertising in Michigan targeting House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, Michigan Republican. The billboard ad features a child with an oxygen mask over her face and reads, "Rep. Fred Upton, protect our kids' health. Don't weaken the Clean Air Act." Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/mar/31/defund-epas-enablers/print/ Need clean energy. After reading the March 29 opinion piece by Assembly Member David Valadao regarding loosening up requirements to encourage and allow petroleum-based energy production in California, I am very concerned with his logic. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/04/01/2332087/need-clean-energy.html#storylink=misearch BLOGS Republicans Get Inconvenient Replies at Climate Hearing. Richard Muller, a Berkeley physicist who at times has been embraced by foes of action to limit greenhouse gases because of his criticism of depictions of catastrophic global warming, was a star witness at a hearing today organized by Republican lawmakers. I’ll be adding some observations from the hearing below as time allows. Add yours, of course! Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/31/republicans-get-inconvenient-replies-at-climate-hearing/ E.P.A. Eases Way for Alternative-Fuel Engine Conversions. The Environmental Protection Agency has revised its alternative-fuel conversion regulations for light and heavy-duty vehicles, making it easier for manufacturers to sell conversions that are compliant with clean-air laws. The 186-page ruling provides an exemption from a Clean Air Act prohibition against tampering when converting an engine to run on alternative fuel. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/31/e-p-a-eases-way-for-alternative-fuel-engine-conversions/ Coal, Jobs and America’s Energy Future. No one should be surprised to learn that in trying to woo a reluctant community, developers in just about every industry tend to exaggerate — or perhaps optimistically overestimate — the number of jobs they expect to create by building that new shopping mall, industrial park, widget factory or other project. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/31/coal-jobs-and-americas-energy-future/?scp=10&sq=climate%20change&st=cse On Our Radar: Senator Expects Vote on Delaying E.P.A. Rules. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, has pledged to bring to a vote an amendment blocking the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate climate-warming gases for two years, Senator Jim Webb, a Virginia Democrat, says in a statement. “I hope we will have the opportunity to vote on this measure within the next day or so,” said Mr. Webb, an opponent of E.P.A. emissions rules for stationary sources like power plants. [Blue Virginia] Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/31/on-our-radar-senator-expects-vote-on-delaying-e-p-a-rules/ Solar, Wind, and Nuclear: South Africa’s New Electricity Plan. You might think that this would be the sort of month to hold off on investing in a new nuclear reactor. But even as some countries are taking a step back — Germany has taken seven of its oldest plants offline, Italy has declared a one-year moratorium on a plan to re-establish its nuclear industry, and China has temporarily suspended approvals of new plants — South Africa is moving confidently ahead. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/31/solar-wind-and-nukes-south-africas-new-electricity-plan/?scp=8&sq=green%20energy&st=cse Piston Engine Holds Promise for Fuel Economy. As I wrote in Thursday’s Times, several start-ups backed by Silicon Valley venture capital firms are developing a new type of internal combustion engine that promises a striking boost in fuel economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/31/piston-engine-holds-promise-for-fuel-economy/?scp=2&sq=green%20vehicles&st=cse Your neighborhood tour bus: use it or lose it? Proximity to Alamo Square, a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, stellar, sweeping views and gorgeous architecture. On the other, abysmal parking and constant crowds of visitors, most of them transported to the Square by giant tour bus. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/ontheblock/detail?entry_id=85997 Brooklyn Motorized: Electric With a Jolt of Retro Style. Last December, Neil Young played a venue opposite the offices of the Brooklyn Motorized Corporation, an electric-motorcycle start-up situated among the red brick warehouses of Gowanus, Brooklyn. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/01/brooklyn-motorized-electric-with-a-jolt-of-retro-style/ Everybody Panic: California dealers reportedly running out of Prius models. The Japan earthquake and tsunami has left the vast majority of Japanese auto plants without parts or power at least temporarily, and the good folks of California are beginning to feel the pinch. The Los Angeles Times reports that the Toyota Prius is in very short supply in The Golden State, leading many car buyers to move up their purchases in fear of not being able to get their precious hybrid at a later date. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2011/04/01/everybody-panic-california-dealers-reportedly-running-out-of-pr/ 3-D Lithium-Ion Batteries Are Lighter and Charge in Minutes. A new type of lithium-ion battery that features a 3-D interior structure is able to recharge in just a few minutes, can be discharged over twice as many times as traditional lithium-ion batteries and is thinner and lighter than existing versions -- essentially the dream battery for electric cars. Posted. http://www.ecogeek.org/component/content/article/3469