US Engine Maker Will Pay $1.6 Billion to Settle Claims of Emissions Cheating

"The United States and the state of California have reached an agreement in principle with the truck engine manufacturer Cummins on a $1.6 billion penalty to settle claims that the company violated the Clean Air Act by installing devices to defeat emissions controls on hundreds of thousands of engines, the Justice Department announced on Friday."

Source: NYTimes, 01/02/2024

"California Gas Tax Revenue Will Drop By $6 Billion, Threatening Roads"

"California’s funding from gas taxes will drop by nearly $6 billion in the next decade due to the state’s electric car rules and other climate programs, “likely resulting in a decline in highway conditions for drivers,” according to a new state analysis released today."

Source: CalMatters, 12/15/2023

Greens Sue BNSF For Grizzlies Killed By Trains Without Safety Measures

"Wildlife groups aren’t sure what is worse: That trains have killed more than 63 grizzly bears in northern Montana since 2018, or that Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad has seemed to ignore requests to help alleviate the problem."

Source: States Newsroom, 12/15/2023

We Went to the First EV Charging Station Funded by Infrastructure Law

"On the western outskirts of Columbus, Ohio, two doors down from a Waffle House, is a truck stop that, as of last Friday, has the first electric vehicle charging station in the country to be financed in part by the 2021 federal infrastructure law."

Source: Inside Climate News, 12/14/2023

"How Mounting Demand for Rubber Is Driving Tropical Forest Loss"

"The growing market for rubber is a major, but largely overlooked, cause of tropical deforestation, new analysis shows. Most of the rubber goes to produce tires, more than 2 billion a year, and experts warn the transition to electric vehicles could accelerate rubber use."

Source: YaleE360, 12/08/2023


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