Monday, October 18, 2010

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Flex fuel vehicle at Pearson Fuels' E85 station opening Pomona, California, December 16, 2009.It’s tough not to note the rancor in the ranks and it was in fine form last week over the Environmental Protection Agencies ruling that a 15 percent blend of ethanol is allowed in the gasoline mix (up from the current 10%) of vehicles manufactured in 2007 or later.  While the ethanol industry is a little pleased, BNET reports plenty of angst ranging from the Renewable Fuel Association (RFA) to auto manufacturers and dealers. Battle lines are also being drawn in California over efforts to convince Californians to suspend the landmark climate law known as AB 32.  Thomas Friedman takes on the perpetrators by following the money. It involves big oil, powerful polluters, heavy lobbying…you don’t need to hear it from me. 

Read Mr. Friedman
and then let the good people of California sing it to you in this compelling YouTube summary.

The French have a proverb “The future belongs to the man who gets up early.”  Bonjour to early birds Paris Tech and Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe.  Autoblog Green announces that the former is in partnership with the Sustainable Mobility Institute to launch the first Master’s degree program dedicated to electric vehicles.  Entrez Monsieur Delanoe who is making plans to introduce Autolib to the mobility challenged city.  Spiegel Online projects that in a year, Parisian drivers may have a new car-sharing program to include 3,000 electric cars. But who needs drivers anyway, the good folks at Google are asking?  To much buzz, the internet giant told the world, and the New York Times, that they’ve been working on technology allowing cars to drive themselves, having logged more than 140,000 miles.

And, kudos to valued CALSTART Member Michelin for reaching the production of the one millionth X One tire.  In addition to fuel savings and efficiency, Fleet Owner lauds the international company for their ambitious recycling program which includes the tires.  Now, if only we can get better at recycling vehicles.  But wait, the Germans have beaten us at that, too.  Check it out.