Tag Archive: car industry

US Tailpipe Regulation: You want it? You got it!

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Although as yet unofficial, an exciting new development is expected when President Obama will soon – probably later today – announces new federal rules for automobile emissions and mileage standards. When Obama cleared the road for a federal waiver, which would have allowed California (and 13 other states which would have followed suit) to develop …

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New Formula 1 Track: Crash Course in Environmental Politics?

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Last year France was axed from the Grand Prix calendar after the French motorsport federation withdrew support of the Magny-Cours track, citing lack of funds.  Formula 1 CEO, Bernie Ecclestone, ruled out returning to the rural venue, with his sites set on a Paris race date to grace the Formula 1 calendar. Things were looking …

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The German wrecking bonus: party’s over – what about side effects and hangovers?

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Introduced as a seemingly small addition to make the Germany’s economic stimulus package seem more specific in helping consumers and the automotive industry, the wrecking bonus has become a breathtaking success. It’s formula is very simple: anyone who buys a new car which meets EURO IV exhaust limits gets 2500€ from the government as long …

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50 Billion for the German economy – how much for the environment?

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Sigmar Gabriel, minister for the environment and former prime minister of lower Saxony, welcomed the second ‘Konjunkturpaket’ (stimulus package), as a chance for both job creation and the environment. Public investment would be subject to environmental guidelines, while changing car taxation to a CO² basis and paying car owners to get rid of old cars …

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