May 30 News: Toyota Prius Becomes World’s Third Best Selling Car

A round-up of the top climate and energy news. Please post other links below.

Toyota’s Prius, a niche oddity when it went on sale 15 years ago, was the world’s third best-selling car line in the first quarter as U.S. demand and incentives in Japan turned the hybrid into a mainstream hit. [The Columbus Dispatch]

Republican super PACs and other outside groups shaped by a loose network of prominent conservatives – including Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and Tom Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – plan to spend roughly $1 billion on November’s elections for the White House and control of Congress, according to officials familiar with the groups’ internal operations. [Politico]

Romney, a former private equity executive, backed tax breaks for film makers and biotech and medical-device manufacturers. His administration promoted venture capital-style funds that extended loans to start-up companies, some of which subsequently went out of business. [Reuters]

Coal is in a corner. Across the United States, the industry is under siege, threatened by new regulations from Washington, environmentalists fortified by money from Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire mayor of New York City, and natural gas companies intent on capturing much of the nation’s energy market. [New York Times]

The Seattle City Council has unanimously passed a resolution opposing development of coal-export terminals in Washington over concerns about increased train traffic and potential harm to health and the environment. [New York Times]

The Memorial Day Weekend brought a rare combination of extreme weather events to much of the U.S., with everything from record heat to wildfires, plus the most intense tropical storm on record to make landfall prior to June 1. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most notable extreme weather events. [Climate Central]

The European Union’s greenhouse gas emissions rose in 2010 for the first time in six years, but the 27-nation bloc is still on track to meet its target under an international climate accord, the EU’s environmental agency said Wednesday. [Washington Post]

7 Responses to May 30 News: Toyota Prius Becomes World’s Third Best Selling Car

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  2. Mauri Pelto says:

    After getting 52 mpg with my Prius in the last year, it is hard to imagine getting anything that is not comparable in the future too. This will be a built in ongoing market for high mileage vehicles.

  3. Dennis Tomlinson says:

    Wanted: A few viable alleles specializing in adaptation to climate change. Must currently reside in host’s genome, though likely recessive. Application not necessary, just be on the ready.

  4. wili says:

    The fire in NM is now the largest in that state’s history, some 170,000 acres or 265 square miles, beating out last year’s record.

    The area has been abnormally dry for two years, so any spark that lands anywhere in foliage is guaranteed to start a fire.

    This is GW in action. And it is part of the carbon feedback that will drive GW even further than we are doing by UN-sequestering 10 billion tons of carbon (and rising) a year.

  5. Artful Dodger says:

    My electric-assist bicycle gets 2000 MPGe… more when charged on my solar array. Lot’s of room for improvement on the Prius!

  6. Artful Dodger says:

    How about a salt-water tolerant cereal crop?

  7. Sasparilla says:

    Exxon Evaluating Gas Exports From Gulf, Canada – WSJ

    Exxon is now seriously looking at exporting natural gas (since international prices are so much higher) – which they hadn’t been doing previously. As it is for coal, export prices are much higher than domestic US prices for natural gas – exporting would also have the effect of raising domestic prices.