President Obama is warning of a return to higher gas prices. He is encouraging drivers to continue to try to save gasoline, which includes choosing fuel-efficient vehicles. "I would strongly advise American consumers to continue to think about how you save money at the pump because it is good for the environment," Obama told The Detroit News. "It's good for family pocketbooks and if you go back to old habits and suddenly gas is back at $3.50, you are going to not be real happy." Instead of using more gasoline while prices are low, he suggests saving money or using the savings to buy a new, more economical vehicle. Read more at The Detroit News.

Uber is testing a cargo delivery service called UberCargo. The service allows users to hire a driver with a van to move large items, such as for a business delivery or moving to a new home. Customers can ride along with the items or track the delivery using the app. For now, Uber is only testing the UberCargo delivery service in Hong Kong, with no word about plans for expanding to other locales. Read more at Uber's blog or at The New York Times.

Oregon has approved the second phase of its Clean Fuels Program, which aims to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 10 percent in 10 years. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's program will no longer include indirect emissions (like the indirect land use emissions predictions that California uses) in carbon intensity scoring beginning February 1. More food and fuel is being produced on a steady amount of land, and Oregon will focus only on direct emissions, which are more easily verifiable. Regarding the decision to exclude indirect emissions in its scoring, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen says, "Oregon did the right thing by taking a careful approach to indirect effects and not putting the policy cart in front of the science horse." Read more at Domestic Fuel.


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