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Student competitions: representing a sustainable future

Daniel Kammen, Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy | June 6, 2013

Recently I was asked to serve as a judge for the Shell Student Energy Challenge, an infographic competition that was part of the student fuel-efficiency contest, Shell Eco-Marathon. Shell sponsors National Geographic‘s Great Energy Challenge initiative. This provided a fascinating opportunity to evaluate what many of us feel: that we must begin by not only communicating … Continue reading »

The MPG Illusion

Catherine Wolfram, faculty co-director, Energy Institute at Haas | June 3, 2013

It’s the beginning of summer, which means the beginning of driving season. Perhaps anticipating summer driving, many people bought new vehicles last month, putting automakers on track to have the best year since 2007. So, here’s a question, particularly for readers who were part of this vehicle-buying wave: Which of the following two choices leads … Continue reading »

Romney vs. Obama: Showdown at the auto CAFE

Dan Farber, professor of law | October 26, 2012

Perhaps lost in the media focus on the Republican convention, the Obama Administration created CAFE standards two months ago.  (CAFE stands for Corporate Average Fuel Economy, a fancy name for gas-mileage rules.)  Romney immediately attacked the rules.  It’s a very revealing – not to mention acrimonious — dispute. According to the Administration, the new standards … Continue reading »

Could self-driving cars help the environment?

Ethan Elkind, director, Climate Program at Berkeley Law | April 11, 2012

As companies like Google pioneer technologies to allow cars to drive themselves, futurists have been imagining a world where autonomous vehicles rule the roadway. Using computer programs, map data, complex sensors, and soon the ability to “see” all vehicles within miles, these cars hold the promise of averting the vast majority of car accidents caused … Continue reading »