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SAFE Applauds United Nations Global AV Milestone

Washington, D.C.—Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) commends the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) for its regulation on automated lane keeping systems (ALKS)—the first such international binding agreement of its kind, and adopted by a forum of which SAFE is part. “If we are to realize the tremendous societal promise of autonomous driving, it […]

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SAFE Applauds Key Transportation, Energy Programs In House Infrastructure Stimulus Package

Washington, D.C.—Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) commends the U.S. House of Representatives’ inclusion of a number of key transportation and energy provisions in H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, that will enhance the country’s economic recovery, bolster U.S. energy security and strengthen the United States’ hand against China’s current lead in the next era of […]

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Fuel Economy Rules Undermine U.S. Energy Security

The Trump administration’s decision to roll back fuel economy standards is based on a complete misunderstanding of the OPEC-led international oil market, argues General Carlton D. Everhart of Securing America’s Future Energy. He says the standards condemn the U.S. to greater reliance on a commodity controlled by countries that do not share U.S. strategic priorities—and […]

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To Speed Our COVID-19 Recovery, Let’s Get America Moving Again

Smarter stimulus spending in key sectors such as transportation can ensure they bounce back stronger than they were, creating a more robust and resilient economy as a result. SAFE’s Get America Moving Again report contains recommendations that can achieve this smarter spending goal, write Adm. Dennis Blair, former Director of National Intelligence and Commander-In-Chief, U.S. […]

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SAFE Applauds Electric Vehicle and Active Transportation Provisions In INVEST In America Act

Washington, D.C.—Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) commends provisions in the newly-released Investing In A New Vision For The Environment And Surface Transportation In America Act (INVEST In America) by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which will strengthen our economy through increased investments in next-generation transportation technologies. “Investing in the future of transportation now […]

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Get America Moving Again: Manufacturing

Thursday, May 21, 3:30-4:30pm ET. Zoom webinar: Please click here to register. As highlighted in SAFE’s recent Get America Moving Again (GAMA) report, the U.S. automotive and truck manufacturing industries support 9.9 million American jobs and the sector is critical to the recovery of our economy. To stimulate future growth, Congress must not focus simply […]

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SAFE Releases Comprehensive Plan To Get America Moving Again (GAMA)

Washington, D.C.—Alongside its tragic human cost, COVID-19 has illuminated the vulnerabilities of our economy, with more than 30 million Americans losing their jobs in just six weeks. To catalyze the country’s recovery and strengthen the U.S. economy, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) is releasing Get America Moving Again (GAMA), a detailed plan focused on the […]

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Guest Op-Ed: Micromobility Can Get America Moving Again

As Congress considers legislation to get the nation moving again after the COVID-19 crisis, it should consider how micromobility could accelerate our economic recovery while America’s planes, trains, and automobiles get back up to speed, say Mark Joseph, CEO of Mobitas Advisors and Robbie Diamond, President and CEO of SAFE. (Read More) […]

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Oil’s Unbelievable Fall Must Spark US Energy Dominance Rethink

Oil prices falling to -$37 must provoke policymakers to rethink what energy dominance looks like—as it is clear the U.S. economy is reliant upon a commodity beyond American control and dominated by countries that do not share our priorities, writes General James T. Conway, 34th Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps and Robbie Diamond, President and CEO […]

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SAFE Applauds Auto Industry Commitment to Deploy Connected Vehicles to Retain Spectrum

Washington, D.C.—In response to the Alliance for Automotive Innovation sending a letter in support of preserving the 5.9 GHz “Safety Spectrum” to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “The FCC’s plan to reallocate the Safety Spectrum […]

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SAFE Urges Against Prorating In Letter To Texas Railroad Commission

Washington, D.C.—Ahead of tomorrow’s meeting by the Railroad Commission of Texas to consider prorating oil production in the state, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) President and CEO Robbie Diamond submitted a letter urging against the practice. The letter calls upon the Commission to consider the long-term energy security consequences of such a decision. In the letter, he […]

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OPEC+ Decision Highlights U.S. Need To Reduce Oil Dependence

Washington, D.C.—As reports emerge of Saudi Arabia, Russia and OPEC+ agreeing to cut oil production, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) believes the United States must decouple its economy from the boom-bust oil market cycle engineered by the cartel and led by Saudi Arabia to maintain its grip on the oil market. “Saudi Arabia and Russia […]

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SAFE Warns Against Market Manipulation to Combat Manipulation As Oil CEOs Convene For White House Meeting

Washington, D.C.—In response to reports emerging from today’s White House meeting with oil industry CEOs that the discussions included potential cuts in U.S. production, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “A global production cut is not going to solve the structural deficiency of the oil market, which contributed […]

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It is time to stop letting Saudi Arabia push us around and protect our energy dominance

The effects of COVID-19 and the Saudi-Russia price war on the U.S. oil industry demonstrates the need for a comprehensive energy dominance strategy, write Adm. Dennis Blair, former Director of National Intelligence and Commander-In-Chief, U.S. Pacific Command and Gen. Michael Hagee, 33rd Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps (Read More) […]

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SAFE Issue Brief Calls For American Commitment To Free And Fair Oil Market

Washington, D.C.—Ahead of a White House meeting between President Trump and American oil executives tomorrow, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) has released an issue brief calling on policymakers to reiterate the United States’ commitment to free and fair markets—with passing the No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act (NOPEC) as a strong first step. The issue brief, […]

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Coronavirus-OPEC One-Two Punch Shows Need for U.S. Energy Dominance

American oil companies, already drowning in debt and struggling with the impacts of coronavirus, were blindsided by the recent Saudi-led price war. General James Conway, 34th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, and John Lehman, former U.S. Secretary of the Navy, say Covid-19 and the Saudi-led price war show the U.S. needs a plan for […]

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New Fuel Economy Rules Guarantee Industry Uncertainty At The Worst Moment

Washington, D.C.—In response to today’s release of new fuel economy rules by the Trump administration, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) President and CEO, Robbie Diamond, made the following statement: “At such a difficult time when regulatory certainty is needed more than ever in our auto industry, these rules will plunge U.S. automakers into even greater […]

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SAFE Urges For Comprehensive Energy Solution Over Saudi Oil Alliance

Washington, D.C.—In response to reports that the Trump administration is considering the possibility of Saudi Arabia quitting OPEC to manipulate the oil market alongside the United States, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “This measure is a betrayal of America’s commitment to free markets, and is a […]

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Senators’ Letter To Saudi Arabia Shows Need For Real Energy Dominance

Washington, D.C.—In response to a letter sent by members of the U.S. Senate asking Saudi Arabia to slow oil production as the kingdom engages in a price war with Russia, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “While the United States is the world’s largest oil producer, continued […]

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SAFE President and CEO: With the Flick of a Switch, Saudi Arabia’s Decision Exposes Need For Real U.S. Energy Dominance

Washington, D.C—As the repercussions from Saudi Arabia’s decision to raise production continue to be felt in the U.S. energy industry, Robbie Diamond, President and CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy, made the following statement: “With a flick of a switch, Saudi Arabia has sent oil prices into a freefall—threatening bankruptcies and vast unemployment in the […]

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SAFE Submits Comments and Letter Opposing FCC Plan To Cut Vehicle Safety Spectrum

Washington, D.C.—In response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposed rule that would reallocate portions of the 5.9 GHz spectrum away from connected vehicle (V2X) applications, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) submitted comments noting that revoking this spectrum from transportation applications will indefinitely forestall the realization of the significant safety and efficiency benefits of vehicle connectivity. “It […]

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Saudi Arabia’s OPEC+ Price War Continues To Show Urgent Need For U.S. To End Oil Dependence

Washington, D.C.—As Saudi Arabia ramps up production and slashes prices in the wake of  OPEC+ failing to agree on supply manipulation and the subsequent 30 percent drop in oil prices, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “American oil consumers and producers are only bystanders as Saudi Arabia […]

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SAFE Applauds Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Additional $240 Million Commitment to Curb Traffic Deaths Worldwide

Washington, D.C.—In response to Bloomberg Philanthropies’ announcement that it will commit a further $240 million to its support for global road safety, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “We commend Bloomberg Philanthropies for this generous additional commitment to help curb traffic deaths worldwide. In 2018, more than 36,000 people […]

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SAFE Renews Call for Federal AV Legislation in Letter of Record For House Hearing

Washington, D.C.—In connection with a hearing of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce on autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) submitted a letter for the hearing record which calls for the establishment of a federal AV framework as a priority for America’s energy security, economy, […]

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SAFE Applauds NHTSA Approval of Nuro Self-Driving Petition

Washington, D.C.—In response to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) approval of Nuro’s exemption petition to test driverless electric vehicles with novel designs on public roads, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “Granting this exemption is an incredibly important step forward in fully realizing the tremendous […]

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SAFE Responds To President Trump’s Energy Independence Assertion

Washington, D.C.— Today, President Trump declared that the United States has achieved energy independence. Regrettably, his assertion fails to appreciate the country’s overwhelming dependence on oil and the risk it poses to our economy. “While increased domestic crude production has definitely improved America’s energy security, we must not mistake this for energy independence. Our domestic production […]

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SAFE Applauds Workforce And Accessibility Focus in Department of Transportation’s AV 4.0

Washington, D.C.—The Department of Transportation today released the Trump administration’s third major document relating to AV policy, Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies: Automated Vehicles 4.0 (“AV 4.0”). AV 4.0 provides a full overview of the range of activities that the entire U.S. government is undertaking to prepare for automated vehicles (AVs). The document catalogs the […]

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Soleimani Strike, Increased U.S. Presence in Middle East Stresses Importance of Ending Dependence on Oil

Washington, D.C.—In response to the killing of Iranian Quds Force general Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad airport, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “We need to ask ourselves why the United States keeps sending troops to the Middle East and the persistent answer is […]

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SAFE Responds To Passing Of General P.X. Kelley

Washington, D.C.—In response to news of the passing of General Paul X. Kelley, the 28th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps and Chairman Emeritus of Securing America’s Future Energy’s (SAFE) Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC), SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “As a founder of the Rapid Reaction Joint Task Force […]

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OPEC Agreement Ahead of Aramco IPO Latest Example of Cartel’s Collusion

Washington, D.C.—Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) released the following statement in response to reports that OPEC has agreed to deepen production cuts by 500,000 barrels per day. “American policymakers have ignored the collusive and anti-competitive behavior of OPEC and its allies for far too long,” said Robbie Diamond, President and CEO of SAFE. “Colluding fleeces […]

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SAFE Calls For Expedited Federal AV Framework In Letter For Senate Hearing

Washington, D.C.—In connection with a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on the development of safety technology for autonomous vehicles (AVs), Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) submitted a letter for the hearing record which calls for the establishment of a federal AV framework as an economic and national security priority. In the letter, submitted […]

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SAFE Makes Energy Security Case for EVs in Letter for House Hearing

Washington, D.C.—In connection with a hearing today with the House Committee on Energy & Commerce’s Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change on moving away from petroleum-based fuels in the transportation sector, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) submitted a letter for the hearing record that outlined the economic and national security need for reducing our dependence […]

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Deploying More Troops In Saudi Arabia Emphasizes National Security Need To Reduce U.S. Oil Dependence

Washington, D.C.—Reports that thousands of additional U.S. troops are to be sent to Saudi Arabia, in response to the September 14 attacks on Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq oil processing facility, are an urgent reminder for the United States to reduce its overwhelming reliance on oil. The news comes after reports that an Iranian oil tanker was […]

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Federal funding for Chinese buses risks our national security

China is America’s single largest strategic rival, working to undermine U.S. authority on the global stage by taking control of a variety of critical emerging industries — the electric vehicle (EV) industry in particular. Beijing has declared capturing the EV supply chain to be a strategic priority, but Congress has a chance to counter this […]

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Autonomous Vehicles Have Ability to Transform Society, Panelists Say

The report predicts autonomous vehicles will contribute some $800 billion annually “in economic and societal benefits” when AVs are fully deployed. The benefits will come from cost savings related to reduced crashes, fuel efficiency and better access to transportation. (Read More) […]

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Self-Driving Cars Likely Won’t Steal Your Job (Until 2040)

A new report finds that while some jobs, like trucking, will eventually fade, autonomous tech will benefit the economy overall. In fact, they’ll eventually feed the economy, accruing an estimated $800 billion in annual benefits by 2050, a number mostly in line with previous researchers’ projections. (Read More) […]

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U.S. Oil Reserve Would Fall Nearly in Half Under Budget Deal

Geopolitical risk is alive and well in the oil market, and the SPR is America’s only formal short-term line of defense against oil supply disruptions and price spikes, says SAFE CEO Robbie Diamond. (Read More) […]

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EPA, California must compromise in their fight over weakened fuel-efficiency standards, experts say

SAFE CEO Robbie Diamond believes California and the Trump administration should compromise on new national fuel economy standards to provide more certainty in the marketplace and eliminate the prospect of a legal battle. (Read More) […]

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Report: Trucking undergoing ‘technological revolution’

Big gains in fuel efficiency and safety lay ahead if policymakers give the industry ‘flexibility’ to achieve them, group says. (Read More) […]

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Report: Advanced tech can bring huge fuel savings to trucking industry

A new report from Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) says advanced technologies can bring huge fuel savings in the oil-thirsty trucking industry — if Congress and federal agencies make policy changes that catalyze their deployment. (Read More) […]

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New Report Suggests Workforce, Safety Concerns for Automated Trucks Are Overblown

Commercial trucking is likely to be one of the first sectors that benefits from vehicle automation and connectivity, according to a new report from Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE). (Read More) […]

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Environmentalists, automakers fight over Trump’s proposed fuel efficiency standards rollback

Robbie Diamond, CEO and president of Securing America’s Future Energy, insists there is a deal to be had that accommodates the concerns of both sides. “It is in no one’s interest to have competing standards between our largest state and the rest of the country,” Diamond said. (Read More) […]

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Opinion: National Security Interests Best Served by Modern Fuel Economy Standards

As the world’s largest consumer of this critical commodity with a transportation system that is 92 percent powered by oil, the United States is particularly vulnerable to the economic stress of price spikes and volatility. A technical review of existing fuel economy standards is underway, creating an opportunity for regulators in the federal government and […]

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Industry-Backed Bill Would Create Federal Rules for Autonomous Vehicles

Eric Danko, SAFE’s vice president of government affairs and coalitions management, said that it’s possible this was an oversight since low-emissions vehicles are the only category of exemptions left out of the legislation — but it is an issue that needs to be rectified before moving forward. (Read More) […]

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LTE: Electric Cars Help America Depend Less on Oil

If America is to remain prosperous and secure in the 21st century, we must reduce our oil dependence by ensuring fuel diversity. Electric vehicles running on diverse and domestic fuels like nuclear, natural gas, coal or renewables are our opportunity to break oil’s monopoly. Unless we act, 90% of our transportation network will remain oil […]

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Blind ‘Drivers’ Step Up to Shape U.S. Push for Driverless Cars

Requiring that passengers in an autonomous vehicle that needs no human intervention have a driver’s license is a “needless restriction” that would blunt the impact of the technology on the disabled community, Securing America’s Future Energy said in a recent study commissioned along with the Ruderman Family Foundation, an advocacy group for the disabled. (Read […]

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Smart Columbus: What Does it Mean for Mobility?

Robbie Diamond, a consultant to the team from SAFE, Securing America’s Future Energy, believes the key is getting CEOs to commit to electric vehicles for their personal use, to purchase electric vehicles for corporate fleets and to expand the number of charging stations for personal vehicles parked at the office. (Read More) […]

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Trump Wants to Sell Half the U.S. Strategic Oil Reserve For More Cash

The White House said it would roughly halve the amount of crude stored in the SPR over the next ten years, selling off 270 million barrels of oil and leaving 260 million in reserve. SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond termed the move as “misguided.” (Read More) […]

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Trump Proposes Selling Off Half U.S. Strategic Oil Reserve

The White House plan to trim the national debt includes selling off half of the nation’s emergency oil stockpile and the entire backup gasoline supply, but Securing America’s Future Energy believes the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is “America’s only formal short-term line of defense against oil supply disruptions and price spikes.” (Read More) […]

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Gray Matters: The future of driving

According to a study by Securing America’s Future Energy published in January, self-driving cars are the wave of the future. Technology is on its way to on-demand mobility solutions that will impact everyone on numerous levels. Beyond transportation, this technology will affect our economy, our energy independence and issues related to national security. The benefits […]

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Trump Plans to Review Fuel Economy Standards, and Maybe That’s a Good Thing

Securing America’s Future Energy, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil and an advocate for fuel-efficient cars, noted that a review of fuel economy standards could improve the existing regulations by accounting for new technologies and business models. (Read More) […]

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In Michigan Visit, President Trump Reopens Review of Fuel-Economy Standards

Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), a nonpartisan think tank that explores energy and transportation policy with the goal of promoting economy and national security, believes a broader focus on the entire mobility system, rather than individual vehicles, will result in reductions in oil demand as well as less burdensome regulations. (Read More) […]

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Trump to reopen review of US fuel efficiency standards

Although the move to reassess Obama-era decision threatens to slow the development of electric cars, Robbie Diamond, president of Securing America’s Future Energy, said there was “no reason for environmentalists, automakers and conservatives to risk a nuclear war over these rules”. (Read More) […]

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Trump won’t seek to roll back California vehicle authority

As President Trump announced a review of fuel economy standards, Securing America’s Energy Future (SAFE)—a non-partisan group of energy advocates and retired military leaders—urged the federal government, California and others to work together. (Read More) […]

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Trump takes steps toward undoing Obama’s auto emissions limits

President Donald Trump will tap the brakes Wednesday on the Obama administration’s tightening of future vehicle emissions limits. Securing America’s Future Energy, a group focused on reducing dependence on oil, called for all sides to come to the table. (Read More) […]

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Car ownership may decrease in the U.S.—here’s why

At CES 2017, SAFE’s Commission on Autonomous Vehicle Testing and Safety launched its best-practice recommendations for self-driving cars, which demonstrate that shared, electric AVs are a good path toward achieving energy security. (Read more) […]

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Self-Driving Cars: The Three Legs of Future Mobility

Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) is a nonprofit organization composed primarily of military and business leaders determined to develop and advocate for policies that improve America’s energy security by curtailing our dependence on oil. Think electric. Last year, SAFE put together a blue-ribbon panel of experts to study the testing of AVs, making recommendations for […]

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How driverless cars can empower Americans with disabilities

According to a new report, Self-Driving Cars: The Impact on People with Disabilities, released yesterday by the Ruderman Family Foundation and Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), the potential of driverless vehicles to liberate Americans with disabilities from transportation issues, bring more people into the workforce, and save substantially on health care, is vast. (Read more.) […]

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Autonomous cars are ‘the vaccine that will cure deaths on the road’, says industry figurehead

Robbie Diamond, CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), addressed media at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, where he said autonomous vehicles could be a way of dramatically cutting down the road toll on a global level. (Read more.) […]

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California’s Race to Regulate Slams Brakes on Innovation

The U.S. government is prepared to treat artificial intelligence in Google’s “self-driving” car as a legal “driver,” likely clearing a major obstacle on the way to reinventing transportation as we know it. Unfortunately, as they race to catch up with the automotive and tech industries, regulators may end up sending American mobility backwards, not forwards. […]

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Driverless cars could go on sale by 2018, says former GM exec

Driverless electric cars are closer to becoming a reality, but issues still exist. Nearly 3,000 roadway deaths could be prevented worldwide every day if humans could be removed from the driving equation. Nobody’s talking about taking people out of their cars, but rather, taking them out of the driver’s seat. (Read More.) […]

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Toyota and US think tank moving to bring forth the demise of the internal combustion engine

For years there have been reports of the internal combustion engines’ approaching death and they might all be entirely premature, but events unfolding around the world are now establishing a favorable climate for the successor technologies. Read More. […]

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SAFE launches Autonomous Vehicle Task Force

Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) has formed an Autonomous Vehicle Task Force, a group of leading experts who will guide SAFE as it develops an action plan to facilitate the widespread deployment of this technology. Read More. […]

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World of driverless pods could transform mobility

Larry Burns, professor of engineering practice at the University of Michigan, sketched a future of driverless, intercommunicating, on-demand, two-seat “pods” that will dramatically alter how we get around at an Oct. 14 Newsmakers Event at the National Press Club. Read More. […]

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Toyota, new task force could boost non-gas options

Reports of the internal combustion engine’s demise may be premature, but two events Wednesday could make it happen sooner. Toyota said that it intends to cut the average emissions from its vehicles by 90% from 2010 to 2050. That means conventional gasoline-only vehicles will be a small minority of its products as hybrids and fuel cells […]

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Group launches task force to speed driverless cars

A group working to reduce U.S. oil use is launching a task force to help development of self-driving cars. Experts believe the widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles will eventually dramatically reduce oil use by sharply reducing congestion, avoiding crashes and maintaining proper distance between vehicles. Read More. […]

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Blair: Reducing Fuel Use by Trucks to Improve Energy Security

Implementing stronger efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks is not just about climate policy. The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal for regulating trucks will improve American energy security by reducing our dangerous oil dependence. Read More. […]

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OPEC maintains output. Is anyone steering oil markets? (+video)

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced it would keep oil output unchanged during its meeting Friday. That inaction won’t answer any of the myriad questions surrounding the future of the world’s most dominant fuel. Read More.   […]

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