|BRAZIL: Homegrown Fuel Supply Helps Drivers Breathe Easy|
by Marla Dickerson , L.A. Times
June 15th, 2005
Today about 40% of all the fuel that Brazilians pump into their vehicles is ethanol, known here as alcohol, compared with about 3% in the United States. No other nation is using ethanol on such a vast scale. The change wasn't easy or cheap. But 30 years later, Brazil is reaping the return on its investment in energy security while the U.S. writes checks for $50-a-barrel foreign oil.
|US: Bicoastal Blues For G.M. and Ford|
by Danny Hakim, The New York Times
April 23rd, 2005
Setting aside its home base in the Upper Midwest, Detroit has a blue state problem -- and it is about to get worse. Washington and Oregon plan to become the 9th and 10th states to adopt California's tough car emissions rules, forming an increasingly potent market for more fuel-efficient vehicles on the West Coast and in the Northeast.
|US: When Media Dogs Don't Bark|
by Norman Solomon, AlterNet
April 18th, 2005
The recent decision by General Motors to pull its advertising from the Los Angeles Times has not gone over very well.
|CANADA: Automakers Agree to Emissions Reductions
by Ian Austen, New York Times
April 5th, 2005
The Canadian government and nearly all the world's major automakers reached an agreement Tuesday under which the companies would voluntarily reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of their vehicles. The Canadian minister of natural resources suggested that the nation can be a model for the state of California.
|IRAN: France Steps Up Its Investments in Iran|
by Borzou Daragahi , The New York Times
June 23rd, 2004
Undeterred by Iran's pariah status in the United States and by the shortcomings of the country's commercial climate, French companies (many of them car companies) have been increasing their presence in the country in the last few years.
|JAPAN: Former Mitsubishi Boss Arrested
June 10th, 2004
Japanese police have arrested a former head of Mitsubishi Motors and five other executives as part of a probe into the death of a truck driver.
|US: For Cruise Ships, A History of Pollution|
by Edwin McDowell, The New York Times
June 16th, 2002
On April 19 the Carnival Corporation pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Miami to criminal charges related to falsifying records of the oil-contaminated bilge water that six of its ships dumped into the sea from 1996 through 2001.
|US: General Motors Protests Proposed Fuel Standards|
February 25th, 2002
Fearing that increased fuel economy standards will doom the pickup trucks they produce, hundreds of General Motors Corp. workers chanted "Save our trucks, save our jobs," during a meeting Monday with union, company and political leaders.
|US: Bostonians Outraged at Corporate Subway Sponsorship Plan|
by Pamela Ferdinand, San Francisco Chronicle
February 26th, 2001
State transportation officials, looking for new revenue, are taking a cue from professional sports arenas and seeking corporate sponsors to purchase naming rights for subway stations here.
|Grave Danger Posed Under NAFTA by Unsafe Mexican Trucks|
February 6th, 2001
Although a trade panel is expected this week to order the United States to permit access to all U.S. roads by Mexican trucks, the U.S. should continue to limit access because of the grave dangers many Mexican trucks pose to motorists on U.S. highways, Public Citizen has concluded in a report released today.
|US: Ford/Firestone = Homicide?|
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman, Focus on Corporations
September 12th, 2000
Matthew Hendricks is one of more than 150 deaths around the world linked to Firestone tread separations. The families and friends of those killed in these accidents want to know -- what did Ford and Firestone know about these tires and when did they know it?
|JAPAN: Police Raid Mitsubishi Motors|
August 28th, 2000
Japanese police investigators raided the offices of Mitsubishi Motors Corp on Sunday on suspicion of concealing customer complaints and recalls from government inspectors for decades, Kyodo news agency reported.
|GERMANY: DaimlerChrysler Facing SEC Investigation|
by David Mchugh, National Post (Canada)
Automaking giant DaimlerChrysler AG said Thursday that it was under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission after a fired employee told labour officials he was dismissed for complaining that the company was using secret bank accounts to bribe government officials.