November 19, 2007
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IN THIS ISSUE
AAA Watch

In The News

Top Story

Partners

Buy A BWC Gift Membership!

Washington Watch

AAA Watch
AAA of Northern California: A Green Light in the Smog?

Credit Where Credit Is Due?

Hmm...A Response to Better World Club??? (We'd Like to Think So, Of Course.)


AAA created the highway lobby over 100 years ago--at a time when the highway lobby may have been necessary. But, as a whole, AAA's practices haven't changed much, despite the mounting urgency of global climate change and the need for transportation reform.

However, one AAA club is making an effort to clean up its act: AAA of Northern California. Complete Story
In The News
The Portland Tribune Reports on Better World Club's Role at Protest of Toyota's Anti-Environmental Lobbying

They Even Have A Rare Photo of BWC CEO Mitch Rofsky Wearing a Suit!


By Lee van der Voo
Portland Tribune

A Friday protest in Northeast Portland underscored a critical debate now raging in Congress: whether auto manufacturers' concerns about new federal emission standards should outweigh those of American consumers - and states like Oregon - as they move toward more fuel-efficient vehicles. Complete Story

USA Weekend Recommends BWC's Eco-Friendly Options
Click here to read the story.

BWC Featured on Edmunds.com
Click here to read the story.

Sustainable Industries Reports on BWC's Alternative Fuel Phone Service
Click here to read the story.

Member Specials


We Don't Know If It's Art, But We Sure Like It

BWC Members Receive a 15% Discount on the A.R.T. Workbook

The A.R.T. - "Accident Ready Trainer" workbook is designed to be your personal coach during the aftermath of a car accident. Complete Story

More BWC Member Discounts:

- Member Specials featured previously in 'Kicking Asphalt'
- Eco-Travel Discounts
- Eco-Lodging Discounts
- Various Member Discounts
Top Story

Better World Club Passes 20,000 Member Mark!

We Know That Size Isn't Everything - But it Helps


Better World Club, the nation's first and only environmentally-friendly auto club, signed up its 20,000th member earlier this month and - in combination with our 80%+ renewal rate - keeps on growing. Nearly half of our new members come to us via word-of-mouth, so we literally couldn't have achieved this landmark without the help of our morally upright and impeccably hygienic members.

The larger our member base becomes, the larger the 1% contribution of our gross revenues to the environment will become, and the more effective our policy efforts will be.

We encourage our 20,000-plus members to keep spreading the word about Better World Club, and we'll keep doing our part to change the auto club industry.

Read Last Issue's Top Story:

- Better World Club Makes All Of Your Wildest Dreams Come True! (As Long as Your Wildest Dreams Involve a New and Improved Car Rental Booking Engine)

Free Stuff!
Read About Better World Club in Co-op America's 2008 National Green Pages (p. 10)

The First 25 'Kicking Asphalt' Readers to Request It Will Receive the Green Pages FREE


To request the guide, send us an email with your name, mailing address, and the names of all seven of Snow White's Dwarfs (and no, Jose Cao-Garcia of Queens, NY, "Sleazy" is not one of them). If you're one of the first 25 respondents we'll mail you a complimentary edition of the Green Pages.

TravelCool!
Need To Get Out Of Town In A Hurry?

Try Our Spiffy Multi-Purpose Booking Engine


Partners

Imported Oil Isn't a Monkey on our Back - It's an 800-Pound Gorilla on our Groin

100th Grease Monkey Sticks a Banana in Oil Industry's Tailpipe

Better World Club is proud to partner with 100thGreaseMonkey.org, an organization dedicated to spreading the word on Waste Veggie Oil. 100th Grease Monkey's website allows restaurants that provide veggie oil to drivers to register with their database and much more.

We encourage all of our members to check out www.100thGreaseMonkey.org

TravelCool Website of the Month

EVtranPortal.com researches recent developments in electric vehicle technology and provides a portal through which to share EV information available to all; assisting individuals, groups, companies, and government agencies in finding alternative solutions to transportation needs.

Find out more at www.EVtransPortal.com.

If You Liked That Site...

Be sure to take a peek at our 'Bodacious Page of Travel Links and Resources'. Our travel links page sports a crazy HUGE number of links, so if you're planning some travel this is a great resource.
Buy A BWC Gift Membership!
Give The Gift That Keeps on Giving 24/7 for the Next 365 Days: Better World Club Roadside Assistance!

BWC Members Receive a 10% Discount On Gift Memberships

Besides, Does Your Nephew Melvin Really Need Another Sweater?


The mall parking lot. Long lines at checkout. Pushy shoppers who smell funny. These are all excellent reasons to avoid going out to shop this holiday season. Instead, why not save some gas and some sanity and do your holiday shopping online with Better World Club?

Click here and receive a 10% discount when you purchase a Better World Club gift membership!

Looking for other holiday gift ideas? Click here!
Washington Watch
Do-Over: Appeals Court Forces Bush Administration to Rewrite Auto Regs--Again!

Judiciary Is Telling Administration to Feel the Warmth: Consider Global Warming When Developing Auto Rules


The Bush administration's fuel economy standards for many sport utility vehicles, minivans and pickup trucks have been rejected by a federal appeals court because they set a zero value on reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.
Complete Story

Correction From Last Issue:
GOP Candidate Ron Paul's Environmental Stance
More Washington Watch in Kicking Asphalt and Driving Change:
- 2008 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES AND THE ENVIRONMENT
- Censory Perception: The Bush Administration is Being Accused - Again - Of Censoring Scientific Data It Finds Inconveniently Truthful

Member Alert
Have a Question About Gas Rebates?

Chances are, someone else has had the same question. We have put together a list of frequently asked questions to help you out. Please check out our Gas Rebate FAQ. If you still have questions please contact us and one of our associates will be happy to answer them for you.


BWC offers free carbon offsets when you buy auto insurance from us, and in most states a 10% discount on your premium if you drive a hybrid or a discount as a Better World Club member.

Get an insurance quote!

Offset Your Carbon Emissions!

1.) Precisely determine the carbon footprint of your air travel.
2.) Easily and precisely offset the greenhouse gas emissions of your automobile (or to offset the emissions beyond the first 2,000 miles of driving if you are a Better World Club insurance client.)

Holiday Gift Guide!
12 Great Gift Ideas for Each of the 12 Days of Christmas!

We Know What You're Thinking: What About The "9 Ladies Dancing" and/or "10 Lords A-Leaping"? Believe Us, Your Spouse Isn't Going To Go For It

1) MonkeyByte.com offers video games that teach children the importance of protecting the environment. BWC members receive $5 off games from MonkeyByte.com
2) Offset someone's carbon emissions from flying and driving
3) Say it with organic flowers. BWC members receive a 10% discount from OrganicBouquet.com. Log on to the Member Login Page for more details
4) Get your loved ones sports equipment and apparel this holiday season! BWC members receive a 20% discount from SportsBasement.com
5) The "Accident Ready Trainer" is a great gift for any driver on your gift list. BWC members receive a 15% discount on the A.R.T. workbook
6) Give the gift of music this year. BWC members receive a 10% discount from Circle Back Music
7) Jewelry is so last year. The way to tell someone you love them is to buy them bamboo from Bamboo4Sale.com. BWC members receive a 20% discount. Log on to the Member Login Page for more details
8) If you're shopping for a teen driver, you may want to pick up something from the 'Safe Teen Driving Club'. BWC members receive discounts on STDC products and services!
9) Nothing says "Merry Christmas!" like environmentally-friendly office supplies. BWC members can receive discounts of 5% - 20% from TheGreenOffice.com
10) Shopping for someone who travels a lot? The 'Healthy Highways' guide to healthy eating makes a great gift. BWC members receive a 10% discount
11) Sign someone up for the Ironweed Film club and every month they'll get a DVD in the mail that contains an award-winning feature film, a short film, and free extras. Subscribe and get a special offer for Better World Club members: your FIRST MONTH FREE (just pay $2.95 for shipping), and just $14.95 per month thereafter. Log on to the BWC Login Page for more details
12) Give The Gift That Keeps on Giving 24/7 for the Next 365 Days: Better World Club Roadside Assistance! BWC Members Receive a 10% Discount On Gift Memberships


Fuel
Type

West
Coast

Rocky
Mtn.

Mid
West

Gulf
Coast

New
England

Mid
Atlantic

South

U.S.

Gasoline

3.28

3.06

3.13

2.98

3.07

3.08

3.08

3.10

Diesel

3.61

3.53

3.40

3.35

3.48

3.52

3.36

3.47



BWC Alternative Fuel Report

Like The Eagle, Fuel Prices Soar*

Those Little 3-Wheeled Electric Cars that Only Go 30 MPH are Starting to Look Pretty Good, Huh?

Fuel
Type

West
Coast

West

Mid
West

North
East

South

U.S.

BioDiesel
B20

3.61

3.30

3.62

3.40

3.29

3.44

BioDiesel
B99

3.51

3.52

N/A

N/A

3.32

3.45

Ethanol
85

2.79

2.52

2.42

2.80

2.57

2.62




There's no other way to say it: fuel is just crazy expensive. Every fuel we price (Gasoline, Diesel, B99 Biodiesel, B20 Biodiesel, and E85 Ethanol) in every region of the country has gone up in price.

The only averages that haven't gone up in this latest alt fuel report are B99 in the Northeast and Midwest regions. Not that the prices for these fuels have gone down. We just can't report on pricing because retailers have largely stopped offering B99 for the winter because it tends to gel in cold weather.

Do you have an unnatural interest in fuel prices? Are you a fan of tables filled with important-looking numbers? If so, we recommend finding a healthier hobby (* collecting bootleg versions of John Ashcroft's live performances, etc.) or you can feed your fetish by checking out BWC's previous Alternative Fuel Report ' Diesel Prices Rise as the Mercury Drops' as published in the October 18th issue of ' Kicking Asphalt'.

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