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Car Emissions in Los Angeles Are Down 98 Percent from 1960s Levels

New data on California's historical car emissions shows just how important it is to fight for clean transportation.

The State of California was the first place in the world to mandate tailpipes on cars. That was back in 1966. The Federal government wouldn't follow suit for another two years. We've come a long way from the pre-catalytic converter, fuel guzzling engines of the Mad Men days.

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China Gets Over a Quarter of its Electricity from Clean Energy Sources

China generates an amazing 26 percent of its electricity from carbon-free energy sources.

As Hu Jintao arrived in Washington, D.C., for his first state visit, China's Electricity Council released some new numbers this week, including the eyebrow-raising revelation that the nation gets more than one quarter of its electricity from "clean" energy sources. Big caveat here: This includes nuclear power, which is why I'm enclosing "clean" in quotation marks. Opinions differ on whether nuclear should be lumped in with clean and renewable resources like wind, geothermal, and solar. It also includes massive hydroelectric projects like the Three Gorges Dam, which aren't exactly the favorites of many environmentalists.

Still, it's an impressive figure no matter how you slice it. A full 26.53 percent of China's electricity comes from carbon-free energy sources—this in a country once notorious for building a new coal plant every week (which may have been happening three years ago, but isn't today).

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Cap and Trade Is Dead. Now What?

Putting a price tag on pollution isn't solving our climate-change woes. It's time to invest our muscle—and money—in breakthrough innovation.

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