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  • New draft rules limiting greenhouse gases from existing power plants will give states the tools to curtail emissions that drive climate change without shuttering lots of facilities and threatening electric reliability, said Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, at a panel discussion in Washington on Monday. “Nothing we do can threaten reliability,” McCarthy said at a conference hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington think tank, especially because “in a changing climate, it will be increasingly challenging to maintain a reliable energy supply.”

    LA Times
  • As many as 900 street parking spaces - one of San Francisco's most precious commodities - will be reserved for car-sharing vehicles and leased at discounted rates. The parking program, which will begin in the summer, is a two-year experiment that aims to spread car sharing throughout the city...Half of the street spaces - 450 - will be available starting in the summer. They'll be marked with signs and paint and assigned to a specific vehicle. Primus said they'll be spread around the city, which was a goal of the program.

    SF Chronicle
  • Q: Gary, you stated that a carpool lane ticket was not a moving violation and didn't affect insurance premiums. I say, "Au contraire!" At least, USAA didn't go along with that. Back in the good old days, when I was commuting with "Henri," my companion dummy, I finally got nailed by a motorcycle cop. All I could say was: "Officer, desperate men do desperate things." They raised my premiums for three years!

    Mercury News
  • ..."We believe that Model S demand in the U.S. has plateaued," said Brian Johnson, an analyst with Barclays Capital..."To a large extent, the early adopters have gotten their fix," said Thilo Koslowski, an analyst with Gartner. "Tesla has to conquer new segments of buyers."...That could change, he said, when Tesla introduces its new Model X sport-utility vehicle, scheduled to go on sale in 2015.

    Mercury News
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    Crews dismantling the old east span of the Bay Bridge have cut it in half by slicing through metal sections of the cantilever section east of Yerba Buena Island...Contractors are dismantling the 77-year-old span in reverse order of how it was constructed in the 1930s.

    Contra Costa Times
  • ...The fact that the black box and cockpit voice recorders must be physically retrieved and the data downloaded seems positively archaic in an era when we all have GPS in our pocket, OnStar in our cars and the NSA can track anyone, anywhere. Indeed, the technology exists to render black boxes obsolete, and the question of why we aren’t using it came to the fore after Air France Flight 447 crashed in the Atlantic Ocean in 2009. WIRED explored the question of why we still use black boxes and what alternatives there are in this piece from 2011, which remains relevant in light of MH370.

    Wired
  • Volkswagen plans to make plug-in cars in China, company sources say, seeing a big potential market as the country's leaders fight hazardous levels of air pollution with measures that include boosting green power...Production is likely to be at its new assembly plant in Foshan, southern China, the sources told Reuters on condition they not be identified because the plans are still confidential.

    Reuters
  • ..."The time for experimentation, for marginal changes and for conditional response is now over," Christiana Figueres told the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) in a speech in London. She urged an "urgent transformation" to greener production after top scientists warned on Monday that climate change would damage food supplies, slow economic growth and aggravate the underlying causes of armed conflicts.

    Reuters
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    Once every two weeks or so, in the six months after Houston's first light rail line opened in 2004, a car crashed into the dazzling fountain that flanks the tracks downtown. In the first year of operation, the light rail was involved in 67 collisions. Folks took to calling it the Wham-Bam-Tram. Some drivers never learned to coexist with the newcomer at all, opting instead for parallel side streets...Ten years later, the city is in the midst of a second burst of light rail expansion. 

    Atlantic Cities
  • ...CNBC reports UberRush, Uber's new courier service, will debut in your app marketplace of choice on Tuesday. "It's an Uber for things," explains Josh Mohrer, Uber's New York general manager. Which means a courier will transport your things from point A to point B, by either bike or a car, instead of delivering you. Even better, the company promises UberRush will deliver 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

    Atlantic Cities