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Driving Out of the Red with Greener Cars

  • By
  • Lisa Margonelli,
  • New America Foundation
March 24, 2014

Income inequality in California is already high, and it continues to increase. This income inequality is exacerbated by unequal access to jobs, credit, and efficient vehicles. Wages in California's Central Valley are lower than in the rest of the state, and workers there must commute long distances, with little access to alternative transportation, in older, inefficient cars. As a result, some working families in the Central Valley spend as much as a third to half of their income on fueling and maintaining their vehicle.

Electric Forecast Calls for Increasing Blackouts

  • By
  • Lisa Margonelli,
  • New America Foundation
July 13, 2012 |

It’s not just a feeling: Power outages have become normal in the United States. Last month’s heat and derecho storms that left more than 300,000 people in the Mid-Atlantic states without power (some for as long as a week) are part of a larger trend. In 2008, according to the Eaton Blackout Tracker, there were 2,169 power outages in the U.S. affecting 25 million people. In 2011, there were more than 3,000 outages affecting 41.8 million people.
 

Gas Prices Top $4/Gallon In Some Parts Of Central Pennsylvania | Patriot-News

April 5, 2012

''In 2011, Americans spent $491 billion on gasoline -- about $100 billion more than in 2010," said Lisa Margonelli, director of the New America Foundation's energy policy initiative and author of "Oil on the Brain." "And that sucked up the entire ...

A New Green Agenda for Commuters

  • By
  • Lisa Margonelli,
  • New America Foundation
March 29, 2012 |

As gasoline prices passed $3.50 a gallon nationally, the politicking predictably kicked into overdrive. “There’s no reason we can’t get gasoline down to $2 and $2.50 a gallon,” said Newt Gingrich, who in February promised he would accomplish this via an agenda he called “Drill here, drill now, pay less.” Two days later three prominent Democrats, including Representative Ed Markey, called for President Obama to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to lower gas prices.

Promising To Slash Gas Prices Is "Economic Nonsense" | Energy Collective

February 28, 2012

There are, of course, also multiple books about this as I wrote here, these include my friend Lisa Margonelli's Oil on the Brain. Speaking of the brain, I may finally understand why the media routinely gets the facts wrong when it comes to this issue, ...

Oil Prices Climb As Tensions With Iran Persist | Public Radio International

February 17, 2012

Lisa Margonelli, a fellow at the New America Foundation, said she's baffled by the pronouncement that Iran would cut off oil shipments in advance of the new sanctions going into effect. Though she pointed out that just one Iranian news agency said the ...

Gas Prices to Spike 60 Cents or More By May | USA Today

February 5, 2012

Lisa Margonelli, author of Oil on the Brain: Petroleum's Long, Strange Trip to Your Tank, says consumers will be vulnerable to rising prices until the US develops alternative fuels such as natural gas. For more information about reprints & permissions, ...

Solar: Not Just For Tinfoil-Hatters Anymore

  • By
  • Lisa Margonelli,
  • New America Foundation
February 1, 2012 |

Since 2007, California has experienced a solar boom. Photovoltaic panels rest on 107,159 rooftops, as of this writing (the numbers are updated here every Wednesday). Driven by incentives that are bankrolled by every Californian who pays a utility bill, Californians now have more than one Gigawatt of solar capacity installed over our heads That’s a lot: one Gigawatt is roughly the size of one of the state’s four nuclear power plants, although solar PV panels do not produce power at the steady, even rate that nukes do.

California Start-Up Better Place Touts Car Battery Switch Stations For The ... | ABC News

January 24, 2012

Even northern California would be hard to ... blanket with the kind of battery changing stations that we need," said Lisa Margonelli, director of energy policy at New America Foundation. "We have, like, 150000 gas stations in the United States.

The Keystone Pipeline Is No Victory For Environmentalism

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  • Lisa Margonelli,
  • New America Foundation
January 19, 2012 |

Yesterday, everyone involved in the support and opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline got what they wanted: Obama tossed a squib to environmentalist supporters whom he's previously disappointed, and Republican boosters of the pipeline got to turn the Obama's refusal (which they accelerated by attaching a February 21 deadline for approval to the payroll tax bill) into a talking point against Obama in the upcoming election. In a country without a greenhouse gas strategy or an energy policy, this is passing for political action, but it's really... nothing, a draw, a symbol of symbols.

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