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In unusual move, FTC officials throw support behind Tesla's direct-sales model

In an unusual move, three officials at the Federal Trade Commission have publicly come out against laws that ban automakers from selling cars directly to consumers. Those laws are the subject of an ongoing fight by Tesla Motors, which is trying to sell its Model S sedan through Apple Store-esque outlets over the objections of local dealer groups in multiple states.

Tesla says 4 states still in the running for $5B battery factory

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said yesterday that the competition for Tesla Motors planned $5 billion electric battery factory might be down to three states.

Americans used more energy, and polluted more, in 2013

Americans used more energy from all sources — renewable, fossil and nuclear — in 2013, and also polluted the air with more carbon dioxide, the first increase in CO2 emissions since 2010.

Hybrid vehicles save more fuel in India, China than in the U.S.

Though hybrid vehicles use about 40 percent less fuel than conventional cars in the United States, those savings are much higher in India and China, research shows.

Larry Ellison plans to grow food on Lanai through aquaponics, hydroponics

Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison, the majority owner of the Hawaiian island of Lanai, plans to build a facility that would house aquaponics and hydroponics sustainable food systems to produce fresh produce and fish for Lanai residents visitors.