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May 2006

GET MOVING

EXXON/MOBIL: Let 'Em Know You're Mad As Hell and You're Not Gonna Take This Anymore
The results are in from last month's survey: the overwhelming number of Better World Club members want to boycott Exxon/Mobil. 95% of you voted for the boycott.

But the poll was not without controversy. We received numerous emails saying that the price of gasoline is not too high--rather it's too low. After all, the price we pay for gasoline does not include the cost of pollution and global warming. Nor does it include the cost we pay to protect oil shipping lanes in the Mideast ($50 billion according to Kevin Phillips.) If these costs were incorporated, then the price would be much higher.

Rather the boycott seems to be desired as much for environmental reasons and the belief that oil companies are exploiting their ownership of a commodity whose production is controlled by a cartel, as it is by a concern about price.

Regardless, the desire for a boycott is clear. Here are some different ways you can Drive Change and let Exxon/Mobil know that their anti-environmental policies are not acceptable:

- Boycott Exxon/Mobil-branded gas stations. Find Non-Exxon/Mobil Gas Stations In Your Area. While these gas stations are typically independently owned, and we have no wish to punish small business owners, there is no other effective option open to consumers. Hopefully, putting economic pressure on the retailers will lead them to put pressure on the company to clean up its act (literally and figuratively).

- Exxpose Exxon provides several ways consumers for consumers to Take Action, including sending an email to CEO Rex Tillerson and "Adopting A Gas Station". You can also find information on the May 31st ExxonMobil shareholders meeting. Some shareholders will ask ExxonMobil to take climate change seriously and invest aggressively in renewable energy.

Better World Club Needs Your Feedback on Campaign for Energy Independence

Every American Needs to Know the Magic MPG Figure that Will Get Us Off Foreign Oil

It's Not Really That Important: Only Involves National Security, the Economy, and the Environment


Better World Club will be announcing a high profile campaign for Energy Independence. This campaign will feature recognition to those who are driving high mileage vehicles, using alternative fuels, and otherwise helping to change America's gasoline dependent culture. The centerpiece will be the fuel economy target that must be met in order to end our dependence on foreign oil for our vehicles, which comprises roughly 70% of America's energy use. Complete Story

There is still time to give us your feedback. If you haven't already, we'd appreciate you completing the survey in Kicking Asphalt

You Can Feel Good About Voting For This Ball of Gas

Not Pat Robertson. We're Talking About The Sun.

The feds are getting into the game--and with the newly introduced "Securing America's Energy Independence Act", we have our biggest opportunity yet to jumpstart solar in this country.

The bi-partisan legislation (introduced in the House as HR 5206 and the Senate as S. 2677) would make America's energy future a lot brighter in a very sensible way by making solar energy, in effect, 30% cheaper across the country.

The bill extends the 30% federal investment tax credit (just enacted but currently set to expire at the end of 2007) for another 8 years to 2015, and lifts the cap on residential credits to $2,000 per kilowatt of capacity.

This is a huge opportunity. California's $3.2 billion, 3,000 MW initiative passed earlier this year was big. This is even bigger.

Send an email to your representatives. Rally your friends. Take Action Now, or no complaining later.

Pombo and Crapo Join Forces To Gut The Endangered Species Act

Groucho, Chico, And Harpo Decline Comment On The Proposed Legislation

There is still time to act. Read the Full Story from last month's Driving Change.

Washington Watch
Dumbest Tax Policy Ever?

Maybe Not, But Close: Hybrid Tax Break Limited to Early Buyers.

Aren't We All "Early" Buyers?


Just as sales of hybrids and gas prices hit respective all-time highs, it looks like the largest financial incentive for buying a hybrid may be disappearing. Under the 2005 Energy Policy Act, following the quarter that a manufacturer sells its 60,001st hybrid vehicle, the tax credit is incrementally reduced from $2,600 to $0. The hybrid tax credit provisions of the Energy Policy Act came into effect on January 1, 2006. Complete Story

Speaking of Dumb Policies: $100 Rebate on Fuel--Even for Those Who Don't Buy Gasoline???

Proposal Stopped Before It Can Get Enacted--So Maybe There's Something To it?

Nah!


In order to reduce the effect of high petroleum prices on the public, a bill was introduced to the senate this month. In fact, many truly positive items were introduced in attempts to sooth the effect of high gas prices. Among others: protections were introduced to ensure safety from price gouging, holding retailers, wholesalers, and refiners responsible when customers are taken advantage of; hybrid tax-rebate incentives were promoted for extension (see above article); and there was plenty more. Complete Story

GIVING DIRECTIONS

Getting to 250 mpg.

Two stories from the May 8th Christian Science Monitor are featured in this edition of Driving Change. In the first, the Monitor previews the next X-Prize, which could mean millions for the inventor of a 250 mpg, non-polluting automobile.

In the second, the Monitor explores how Fuel Economy Standards should be structured: an average over an entire company's fleet or averaged within model categories.


Additional Ways to Get Where You're Going:

NY Times on Congressional Attempt to Get Back Certain Oil Company Subsidies (which represent less than 1% of Oil Company Profits.)


Rival Ad Campaigns Target Global Warming says MSNBC. (One Group Apparently Argues that Our Machines Should "Breathe" Just Like We Do.
AP Reports that the Texas City British Petroleum Plant where 15 workers died last year is the "worst polluting plant" in the country.
Jane Kay asks Where All the Butterflies Have Gone in the San Francisco Chronicle,

If you would like to contribute your opinion to Driving Change's Giving Directions please email it to us at info@betterworldclub.com.

DO YOU PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS?

Click here to find out moreBetter World Club's Gas Guzzler Surcharge Killed The Hummer H1!

Related News: Better World Club Overestimates The Amount Of Influence It Has On The Car Industry

Thousands Of Insecure Men Will Need To Find A New Way To "Compensate"

The Washington Post Reports that the Hummer H1, the biggest, toughest sport-utility vehicle on the road, could crush anything in its way -- except poor sales.

Cheering just about every other driver on the road, General Motors Corp. yesterday said it was ditching the H1 by June.

The vehicle, which delivered a shot of in-your-face masculinity, has a price tag of $140,000, weighs 5 tons and gets less than 10 miles to the gallon. But sales have slowed to a trickle. GM has sold fewer than 100 this year. Complete Story

THINK GM SHOULD STOP MAKING THE HUMMER H2 AND H3 TOO? SEND THEM AN EMAIL AND LET THEM KNOW.

Uh, Oh...Honda Insight Says Goodbye As Well. Supplanted by Honda Civic Hybrid.

It's not just a model Gas Guzzler that's biting the dust. The New York Times says farewell to the Honda Insight as well.


Better World Club Alternative Fuel Report
Fuel Costs Stabilize/Fall Across Country

The increasing costs of petroleum and the effect that it has on the American economy has been the subject of much hysteria, concern and legislation. Better World Club's Fuel Report reflects the average costs of alternative fuels versus standard fuels. In many cases, drivers of alternative-fueled vehicles are more likely to be 'gently disciplined' rather than 'hit hard' by high fuel prices.

Following trends set in previous Fuel Reports, LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) continues to be the least expensive of the vehicle fuels, followed by Ethanol 85. Biodiesel is generally the most expensive of the fuels.



Fuel
Type

West
Coast

West

MidWest

North East

South

Biodiesel
B20

3.34

3.08

2.96

3.06

2.89

Ethanol
85

3.15

2.74

2.17

3.09

2.48

LPG

2.25

2.22

2.28

2.35

2.28

Gasoline

3.25

2.83

2.86

3.00

2.83

Diesel

3.19

3.07

2.87

3.00

2.82



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