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Lessons for the U.S. from Norway’s success with electric vehicles

By Brian Lutenegger Norway is the world’s leader in electric vehicle adoption, and the country has set a goal to be 100 percent electric by 2025. But their experience with the transition to electric vehicles holds some lessons for other countries, including the U.S. Norway has the highest

States to get more information about oil train traffic

By Bill Holloway USDOT recently issued an emergency order requiring that railroads moving large amounts of crude oil from the Bakken formation notify the states through which their trains travel. Railroads must notify each state’s emergency response commission of the route the trains will

Safety concerns spur calls for improved oversight of rail shipments

By Bill Holloway A series of high profile derailments and explosions involving trains hauling oil, most notably in Lac Mégantic, Quebec, have prompted calls for improved rail safety and new guidelines governing the testing and transport of oil. Concerns center on train speeds and track

Transportation impacts of energy boom not limited to road maintenance

By Bill Holloway The booming oil and natural gas industry is bringing jobs and economic development to states across the U.S. But along with the money and jobs come lots and lots of trucks. Particularly in rural areas with historically low traffic volumes, the huge numbers of trucks—often more

Maine approves law to reduce oil use

A Republican-led legislature passed An Act to Improve Maine’s Energy Security, which the HuffPost Green calls “great news for energy independence. It sets ambitious goals for reducing economy-wide oil use in Maine: by at least 30 percent by 2030, and 50 percent by 2050. The law directs