The Fight Over Fuel Economy Rules Gets Messy

The Fight Over Fuel Economy Rules Gets Messy

That’s why the Obama administration decided in 2012 to (slowly) strengthen regulations governing vehicles’ tailpipe emissions and fuel economy standards, requiring each automaker’s fleet to average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 and boosting the penalty for missing that target.

Trump Administration Says Carmakers’ California Pact Is Illegal

Trump Administration Says Carmakers’ California Pact Is Illegal

Separately, the Justice Department has opened an antitrust probe into the deal, in which four automakers reached a pact on compromise tailpipe emissions with California, defying federal regulators, according to a person familiar with the matter.

White House Plans Biofuel Quota Boost Amid Appeals From Iowa

White House Plans Biofuel Quota Boost Amid Appeals From Iowa

Top administration officials have developed plans to give a 5% boost to U.S. renewable fuel-blending quotas in 2020, as President Donald Trump seeks to temper farm-state criticism he has undermined U.S. mandates compelling the use of corn-based ethanol and soybean-based biodiesel.

The EPA Says Methane Rules Are Bad for Industry—It's Wrong

The EPA Says Methane Rules Are Bad for Industry—It's Wrong

In 2018, researchers at the Environmental Defense Fund along with scientists at 12 universities and two federal agencies published a paper in the journal Science concluding that the amount of methane leaking from oil and gas operations was 30 million metric tons per year, or about 60 percent more than EPA estimates.

Trump Lashes Out After Automakers Agree to California's Standards

Trump Lashes Out After Automakers Agree to California's Standards

That deal represents the most clear-cut example of auto industry unease with the Trump administration’s August 2018 proposal to dramatically ease fuel economy and vehicle greenhouse gas emissions standards drafted by the Obama administration, which sought to boost average fuel efficiency to roughly 50 miles per gallon by 2025.

3 Animals Hurt By the New Endangered Species Act

3 Animals Hurt By the New Endangered Species Act

Several unique animals, including the North American wolverine, the northern spotted owl and the American burying beetle, demonstrate how the changes could hamper species protection.

Trump Safety Pitch for Easing Car Standards Rebutted by Study

Trump Safety Pitch for Easing Car Standards Rebutted by Study

President Donald Trump’s plan to freeze U.S. vehicle efficiency standards would result in higher costs for motorists without doing anything to boost highway safety, according to an analysis by Consumer Reports that undermines the administration’s chief talking points in favor of the move.

John Ratcliffe Is a Dangerous Pick for Director of National Intelligence

John Ratcliffe Is a Dangerous Pick for Director of National Intelligence

The news Sunday that Trump planned to tap representative John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) as director of national intelligence, replacing former senator Dan Coats, left many even on Capitol Hill scratching their heads: Who?

California's Auto-Emissions Deal Could Trump the Feds' Plans

California's Auto-Emissions Deal Could Trump the Feds' Plans

Aarian Marshall covers autonomous vehicles, transportation policy, and urban planning for WIRED.The Trump administration questions the science around climate change, and wants to ditch the Obama-era rules.

Depth of Field: The Charged Uncertainty at the Tijuana Border

Depth of Field: The Charged Uncertainty at the Tijuana Border

Difficult because of what the photo intones—a persecuted people in search of a new home that may not want them—but beautiful in the way it tells their story.

EPA Dismisses California's Emission Compromise With Automakers

EPA Dismisses California's Emission Compromise With Automakers

In a joint statement, the automakers said the pact with California “will provide our companies much-needed regulatory certainty by allowing us to meet both federal and state requirements with a single national fleet, avoiding a patchwork of regulations while continuing to ensure meaningful greenhouse gas emissions reductions.”.

Senators Try—Again—to Solve the Nuclear Waste Debacle

Senators Try—Again—to Solve the Nuclear Waste Debacle

Instead, spent fuel rods are sitting at 95 nuclear plants around the country in either “fuel pools,” where the waste cools down for a few years after the rods finish producing energy, or in special steel-and-concrete casks that sit above ground like nuclear garbage cans.

Under Trump, the Fight Against Cybercrime Has Waned

Under Trump, the Fight Against Cybercrime Has Waned

Though the White House has not opposed specific legislation coming out of Congress—the president has signed all the cybersecurity bills sent to his desk—it also has not demonstrated an overarching strategy necessary to combat this pressing issue.

How Not To Prevent a Cyberwar With Russia

How Not To Prevent a Cyberwar With Russia

"The idea that we can use cyber offense capabilities to impose sabotage-like effects, and to do so in increasingly large scale and costly ways until they get it through their head that they can’t win, I don’t think that's going to work," says Tom Bossert, who served as White House homeland security advisor and the president's most senior cybersecurity-focused official until April of last year .

Fiat Leans Toward Trump as Industry Agonizes Over Fuel Rules

Fiat Leans Toward Trump as Industry Agonizes Over Fuel Rules

In its written comments submitted to regulators last year, Fiat Chrysler said it agrees with one of the Trump administration’s central arguments: Stricter fuel-efficiency mandates drive up new vehicle prices, keeping older, dirtier and less-safe cars on the road longer.

White House Rejects Carmaker Plea for California Pact on Emissions

White House Rejects Carmaker Plea for California Pact on Emissions

White House spokesman Judd Deere, responding to the letter on Friday, said the California Air Resource Board “failed to put forward a productive alternative, and we are moving forward to finalize a rule with the goal of promoting safer, cleaner, and more affordable vehicles.”.

Another Ripple From the Huawei Ban: Scientific Peer Review

Another Ripple From the Huawei Ban: Scientific Peer Review

But this week the Chinese technology news publication Pandaily published an email sent by IEEE to the editors of its publications, instructing them to stop using Huawei employees as peer reviewers for articles they're considering for publication.

How Huawei Might Handle the Latest US Sanctions

How Huawei Might Handle the Latest US Sanctions

On Monday, the US government agreed to a 90-day exception to the export restrictions that allow Huawei to deal with US companies to support existing products. Even without the 90-day exemption, Huawei will still be able to use Google's open source Android operating system for its phones.

Ted Cruz's Space Pirates Comments Top This Week's Internet News Roundup

Ted Cruz's Space Pirates Comments Top This Week's Internet News Roundup

Senator Ted Cruz voiced support for President Trump's proposed Space Force last week. What Really Happened: There's no way to sugarcoat this: The war over abortion has intensified beyond what most would have expected in the past couple of weeks, with new bills being signed into law that significantly limit the freedom of those with wombs in certain states.

Trump Is Hiding Obamacare, A Major Microsoft Bug, and More News

Trump Is Hiding Obamacare, A Major Microsoft Bug, and More News

Trump Is Hiding Obamacare, A Major Microsoft Bug, and More News. The White House is scrubbing out Obamacare info, Microsoft found a major flaw, and there's a good alternative to AirPods. Microsoft released a Windows XP fix, and it's a very bad sign.

The Trump Admin Is Scrubbing Obamacare From Government Sites

The Trump Admin Is Scrubbing Obamacare From Government Sites

Some time in the weeks after President Trump's inauguration, for example, the Affordable Care Act page on the website for the Office of Minority Health was removed.

NASA Needs $1.6 Billion More to Send a Human to the Moon

NASA Needs $1.6 Billion More to Send a Human to the Moon

In a teleconference with reporters on Monday evening, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said the budget amendment was a "down payment" on what will be needed in future years to fund the program.

Feds Rule That One Company’s Gig Workers Are Contractors

Feds Rule That One Company’s Gig Workers Are Contractors

On Monday, the US Department of Labor hinted at an answer, writing in a letter to one gig-economy company that its workers are, in fact, independent contractors.

Boeing 737 Crashes May Make It Harder for Air Taxis to Take Off

Boeing 737 Crashes May Make It Harder for Air Taxis to Take Off

Now, in the wake of the dual MAX 8 crashes, the FAA could be far less eager to sign off on new technologies, agency watchers say.

Trump’s Homeland Security Purge Worries Cybersecurity Experts

Trump’s Homeland Security Purge Worries Cybersecurity Experts

“DHS’s voice is vital around the Situation Room table,” says Edelman “Looking ahead, as we consider issues like national security controls over AI, or limits to foreign investment, DHS is going to be more crucial than ever—and their absence of leadership could lead to some very skewed outcomes.”.

While You Were Offline: The Internet Will Forever Fight Over the Mueller Report

While You Were Offline: The Internet Will Forever Fight Over the Mueller Report

What Happened: For those hoping to see what Robert Mueller and his team actually put in the report themselves, instead of the attorney general's summary, you might be in for a long wait.

NASA's Super-Sized Space Launch System Might Be Doomed

NASA's Super-Sized Space Launch System Might Be Doomed

But one thing was certain: on Orion’s first foray beyond Earth, a crew-less capsule would complete a six-day circuit of the moon; that’s the mission Bridenstine now says could launch atop a commercial rocket.

Kamala Harris Wants to Give States Millions to Overhaul Tech

Kamala Harris Wants to Give States Millions to Overhaul Tech

“We must do more to empower our state and local governments to tap into the power of technology to provide seamless, cost-effective services for the 21st century.” Kamala Harris The Digital Service Act also includes another $50 million a year to help USDS continue its work at the federal level.

What Trump’s Executive Order on AI Is Missing

What Trump’s Executive Order on AI Is Missing

As the CEO of an artificial intelligence research institute , I am calling on him to include a special visa program for AI students and experts to help us win this race for the sake of both economic vitality and national security.

Trump’s Plan to Keep America First in AI

Trump’s Plan to Keep America First in AI

Trump’s Plan to Keep America First in AI President Trump's executive order directs federal agencies to support AI research and commercialization. The White House says it will ask agencies in areas such as health and transportation to release data that could advance AI research, using mechanisms that protect privacy.