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KLM to transport passengers on chip fat

Dutch airline to run commercial flights using biofuels from September, while Airbus ratchets up orders for fuel efficient jet….

Toyota to deliver 75,000 Prius to U.S. by year end

Toyota Motor Corp will send 75,000 of its popular hybrid small sedan Prius to U.S. dealerships by the end of the year, the company said on Wednesday….

Wahoo Fitness iPhone cycling computer

Chip Hawkins started Wahoo Fitness18 months ago with an ANT+ adaptor, or key, for the iPhone. His goal was to develop a better way to capture ride metrics — namely GPS and power data, among others — and share them quickly and easily with other software systems….

The True Cost of Gasoline: $15 Per Gallon

The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) created a short video explaining the true costs of our oil dependency by following a single gallon of gasoline refined and consumed in California. According to the video, this single gallon of gasoline emits 25 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions and a single driver in the United States creates about 10,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions every year. In order to absorb this pollution, each driver would need an acre of forest. To absorb the pollution generated by all of the drivers in the U.S., we would need a forest the size of California, Nevada and Arizona combined….

Amtrak California Ridership Hits Record Numbers

(San Francisco – KALW) California’s high-speed rail project may be struggling to find funding, but it’s not because nobody wants to ride trains.

The state’s transportation department, known as Caltrans, reports that ridership on Amtrak’s California lines is up significantly. The Capitol Corridor route saw an increase of almost 10% over the past year, while ridership on the San Joaquin route went up nearly 13%….

Poll: Republicans Support Transpo Policies to Avert Climate Change, Too

Judging from the level of our national debate, you would guess we are a nation strongly divided on the issue of climate change. But you’d be wrong, according to a new poll from Yale University.

A representative survey of 1,010 adults found that 71 percent think that global warming should be a “very high,” “high” or “medium priority” for the president and Congress. Americans overwhelmingly support policy changes that would help address the issue, the poll found. Participants favored developing clean energy sources by a more than 9-to-1 ratio….

Koch-Funded “Scholar” O’Toole: Seniors Love Car Dependence

If there’s one thing we can learn from Randal O’Toole of the Cato Institute, the think-tank co-founded by climate change denier and fossil fuel industry billionaire Charles Koch, it’s that the little guy in America is tired being pushed around by Big Transit.

Reports like Transportation for America’s “Aging in Place, Stuck Without Options” rankle O’Toole, whose selectively applied brand of libertarianism can be summarized as such: Subsidies for transit are anti-freedom, but subsidies for roads are pro-freedom….

Five Ethanol Myths, Busted

The United States consumes nearly one-quarter of the world’s petroleum production, yet contains a small fraction of its reserves. As other countries’ economies grow, the appetite for this finite energy source increases, placing greater pressure on the resource itself and the environment at large. With inflation and higher energy costs consuming an ever-larger portion of our budget, the need for additional energy sources grows….

25 Senators Demand Robust Transit Funding

In a letter to Finance Committee leaders [PDF], 25 senators today urged adequate funding for mass transit in the next transportation authorization bill.

The letter notes that public transportation systems find themselves in a budgetary crisis just as more and more people, driven by $4/gallon gas, are seeking out transportation options….

GM names Ray Bierzynski as first-ever director of electrification strategy in China

General Motors‘ Chinese division has announced the appointment of Ray Bierzynski as the unit’s first-ever executive director for electrification strategy. Bierzynski, who has held numerous positions within GM over the past 30 years, will be tasked with accelerating vehicle electrification in the automaker’s most immense global market and coordinating the commercialization of GM’s electrification technologies in China….

Poll: 45% of Americans at least somewhat likely to buy alt-fuel vehicle by 2021

Despite an uptick in gas prices in 2011, Americans are no more enthusiastic than they were in 2010 about buying a vehicle that runs on some sort of alternative fuel, according to Rasmussen Reports’ latest national telephone survey….

High Speed Rail In France Zips Along

Almost 190 miles of new high speed rail track will possibly be installed between Tours and Bordeaux, France under the direction of the Réseau Ferré de France (RFF) railway, the Vinci construction company, the Caisse des Dépots investment firm, and AXA, a global fiance and insurance conglomerate….

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