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Environment
8:16 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Durham Entices Residents To Scrap Gas Lawn Mowers

Durham is collecting old power tools to scrap. Gas powered lawnmowers can produce 11 times more harmful emissions than a car.
Credit kallerna / Wikipedia

Durham's "Get Your Grass Off Gas" campaign kicks off its fourth year next weekend. Each year, the city collects gas-powered yard equipment – like lawn mowers and weed whackers. They send those to the scrap yard and give residents discounts on new electric models.

City Sustainability Officer Tobin Freid says about 300 people have turned in gas-powered equipment over the past three years.

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Environment
3:23 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Raleigh Approves Funding For More Propane Police Cars

An older model Raleigh police car. The department is converting some of its cars to run on propane.
Credit Alberto Rodriguez via Creative Commons

The Raleigh Police Department is adding propane tanks to more of its patrol cars after a two-year test run. 

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Transportation
1:56 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Gas Tax Becoming An Unreliable Source Of Revenue

Gas prices in Carrboro from April 2013. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is now $3.47
Credit Laura Candler

The state Department of Transportation's main source of revenue will drop sharply over the next decade. 

That's according to the DOT's chief financial officer, who recently told the Board of Transportation that more fuel efficient cars are cutting into state revenue from the gas tax.  That source of funding accounts for 70 percent of the department's budget.  The DOT's CFO, Mark Foster, says growth in revenue from the gas tax depends on more drivers using more gas.

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Environment
5:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

New Tool Compares Fuel Costs For Electric & Non-Electric Cars

Electric vehicles spend about one third the amount a conventional car spends on fuel in North Carolina.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A new tool on the US Department of Energy’s website allows users in each state to compare the price of power for an electric car to the cost of driving the same distance using gasoline. In North Carolina, a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel costs an average of $3.41. The equivalent amount of electricity costs about a third of that- an average of $1.02. That’s 12 cents less than the national average.

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Environment
1:45 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Raleigh Gets Its First Alternative Fuel Station

People who live in the Raleigh area and want to use alternative fuels for their cars or trucks have a new choice. A station on New Bern Avenue opens today with both E-85 ethanol blend and bio-diesel available. It's the first of its kind in the state capital. Anne Tazewell is the transportation manager for the North Carolina Solar Center at N-C State. She says alternative fuel stations are slowly spreading across the state.

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Business & Economy
5:45 am
Wed April 13, 2011

Drivers Get Gas Saving Tips

Drivers can learn how to save gas at a workshop today in Raleigh. The North Carolina Solar Center will host the Drive Green, Save Green demonstration. Participants will drive a five-mile course as they normally would and then try again with a few pointers in mind. Anne Tazewell from the Solar Center says a conscientious driver can save an extra 10 to 30 percent on fuel by following their advice.

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Business & Economy
9:32 am
Fri September 19, 2008

Love And Gasoline

Leoneda Inge prepared this report on how the year's dramatic rise in gasoline prices has affected personal lives.

Love may make the world go around, but sometimes it may need a little gasoline to keep it going. North Carolina Public Radio asked listeners how the year's dramatic rise in gasoline prices has affected their personal lives.