February 21, 2008
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AAA Watch

In The News

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Washington Watch

AAA Watch
Tow Truck Drivers Don't Like AAA

Hmmm...How Quickly Do You Think Unhappy Service Providers Will Assist AAA Members?

The other night, my partner and I stopped at Target on our way home from the airport to pick up a few supplies. The roads had been pretty sketchy all day, thanks to an ice storm, and it was getting late, but we figured it would just be a quick stop. When we returned to our car, we discovered that we had a flat tire--and our attempts to take care of it were completely unsuccessful. We called BWC, and the repair guy came out. While he was changing the tire, he and I started chatting. He asked how I heard about BWC. I told him that I heard about it on Car Talk, and he then exclaimed, "This is the world's best auto club." Complete Story
In The News
USA Today

The "Ask an Expert" Column Points to BWC as a Prime Example of a "Great Sustainable Business"

Q: What do you think of tapping into this green business trend? I am starting a business and think it makes sense to go green, but is it just a fad that I might regret? Complete Story


More Mentions In The News:

Suite 101

green student U

Member Specials

Leaving Your
Dart In San Francisco?

BWC Members Receive Unlimited One Day Free Parking Coupons and 10% Off Parking Visits Three Days Or Longer

If you're driving to San Francisco International Airport, you should check it out: www.ParkSFO.com


We're Nuts About These Guys

BWC Members Receive a Mighty 20% Discount on Products from TheOrganicAcorn.com!

The Organic Acorn offers fair trade made clothing in organic cotton, soy, hemp and bamboo fabrics for women, men and babies. Complete Story


ONNO? Oh, Yes

BWC Members Receive a 15% Discount On ONNO's Environmentally Friendly T-Shirts

Complete Story

More BWC Member Discounts:

- Member Specials featured previously in 'Kicking Asphalt'
- Eco-Travel Discounts
- Eco-Lodging Discounts
- Various Member Discounts
Top Story
GOOD NEWS: NO U.S. CAR MAKES BETTER WORLD CLUB'S GAS GUZZLER SURCHARGE LIST

WHILE NO AMERICAN CAR IS ONE OF 3 WORST GAS GUZZLERS, WE'LL HONOR AN AMERICAN CAR ANYWAY

CONGRATS TO THE HUMMER H2!

No Need to Thank Us. We Love Our Country. It's Just the Kind of People We Are.


Better World Club is one of the few, if only, companies in the U.S. which takes environmental impact into account when setting our prices--even if it has no impact on our costs. Better World Club surcharges consumers who own one of the 3 worst gas guzzlers 20% on their membership fees. (At the same time, we discount our membership fees for alternative fuel vehicles.)

This year the three worst gas guzzlers are:

- The Lamborghini Marcielago, on the list every year since the gas guzzler surcharge was first instituted in 2005.
- The Bentley Azure made the list for the second year in a row.
- The Bentley Arnage RL, which had appeared on our 2006 list, dropped off in '07, but is back again. Complete Story

Read Last Issue's Top Story:

- Better World Club Invites You To Syndicate 'Kicking Asphalt'

Reader Survey
Are You Interested In National Park Annual Passes?

Better World Club would like to offer annual passes to its members at a discounted rate, but the National Park Service has advised that they must be sold at the full retail price of $80 per pass. So, since we can't offer them at a discount, we were thinking of bundling the passes with free carbon offsets and selling the package at $80.

Is this something you might be interested in? Please reply back and let us know.

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.)

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

Try Our Spiffy Multi-Purpose Booking Engine


Partners
In The Market For a Sustainable Shopping Experience?

We Recommend Berkshire Co-op

Better World Club is proud to offer a 10% discount on roadside assistance memberships to members of the Berkshire Co-op in Great Barrington, MA.

The Berkshire Cooperative Association exists to cultivate a sustainable local economy and build community with a member-owned natural foods store as its primary vehicle.

Learn more at their website, www.berkshirecoop.org


Please Validate Us!

Not that we're needy or anything, but we would love our members to rate us on sustainlane.com, a community-powered directory of green products and businesses. So far, 27 out of 29 reviewers think Better World Club is great! The two aren't so happy with us, but no one is truly perfect, except, of course, our intelligent and good-looking members (was that too much sucking up?).

Member Alert
911 Is Not a Joke

If You're Stuck and it's an Emergency or Dangerous Situation, Call 911 First

It's winter and many of you are buried in snow, stuck in the mud, or just plain cold. Please keep in mind that if you are in a dangerous situation, the local police may be your best option. When you call our emergency number, the first thing we'll ask is if you are in a safe place. You are the best judge of your own safety. In many places across the country, tow truck companies only respond to police calls during extreme weather. Should you find yourself paying out-of-pocket for a police-dispatched tow, please contact us for reimbursement. A claim form can also be found in the member login section of our website.
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Washington Watch










2008 Democratic Presidential Candidates and the Environment

We'll Feature the Republican Candidate(s) Next Edition

On a slow environmental news day back in October, we took a moment to compare the environmental stances of the 17 presidential candidates running at the time. Since then, 12 of the candidates have dropped out of the race. As a follow up (on another slow environmental news day), we've decided to do a more in-depth analysis of the remaining candidates, starting with the Democrats.

Senators Clinton and Obama have similar policy stances on many issues. So much so that it can be difficult for the average voter to differentiate between the two candidates. Thanks to Better World Club, however, you will be able to compare the two candidates' environmental platforms side-by-side and get a clear idea of which Democratic candidate is the "greenest".

That was the idea, anyway.

Unfortunately (or, fortunately, depending upon your point of view), the candidates' environmental plans are similar. Very similar. This makes differentiation difficult; but on the positive side, both plans are light years ahead of anything we've seen in the last seven years. Complete Story

Click here to see the side-by-side comparison of Senators Obama and Clinton
More Washington Watch in Kicking Asphalt and Driving Change:
- Woo-Hoo! The United States Beat Botswana, Syria, and Haiti in This Year's Environmental Performance Index!
- How's Your EPA Lawsuit Going?

TravelCool Website of the Month

Complete, verified, daily updated biodiesel stations and directions from your cell phone! Check it out: www.NearBio.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.

Special Events
The Dallas To Dallas Ride For Wet Noses is a fund raising effort of Bill Craig to raise money for humane societies & shelters along his route from Dallas, Texas to Dallas, Georgia and to raise awareness of overcrowding in animal shelters nationwide. Click here to learn more and get involved.

Get an Insurance Quote!

Own a Hybrid?

You Can Receive a 10% Discount on your Auto Insurance!

Click here to get a quote.

Do You Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is?

Fuel
Type

West
Coast

Rocky
Mtn.

Mid
West

Gulf
Coast

New
England

Mid
Atlantic

South

U.S.

Gasoline

3.14

2.96

3.05

2.94

3.04

3.06

3.04

3.03

Diesel

3.45

3.35

3.37

3.37

3.59

3.53

3.40

3.44



BWC Alternative Fuel Report

Biodiesel, Ethanol, and Petro-Diesel Prices Go Up

Gasoline - Which Perhaps Didn't Get the Memo - Saw its Prices Drop

Fuel
Type

West
Coast

West

Mid
West

North
East

South

U.S.

BioDiesel
B20

3.62

3.34

3.61

3.59

3.28

3.49

BioDiesel
B99

3.81

3.78

N/A

N/A

3.37

3.65

Ethanol
85

2.89

2.41

2.39

2.94

2.65

2.66




Over the last month, gasoline prices dropped $0.04. Diesel prices, including petro-diesel, B20 Biodiesel, and B99 Biodiesel each jumped $0.06. E85 Ethanol prices rose $0.03.

Regionally, prices jumped most sharply on the West Coast, with B20 and B99 prices rising $0.10 and $0.13, respectively. The overall average prices for biodiesel and ethanol actually dropped $0.01 in the North East.

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 (secretly collecting Roger Clemens' used needles, etc.) or you can feed your fetish by checking out BWC's previous Alternative Fuel Report "Not Unlike a Balsamic Vinegar Reduction, Fuel Price Volatility Simmers Down" as published in the January 18th edition of ‘Kicking Asphalt'.

Tiny Cars Make It Big

by Jonathan Welsh
Wall Street Journal

Finally, small is gaining some critical mass.

After decades of lackluster sales in the bigger-is-better U.S. auto market, tiny cars are surging in popularity -- even as the overall auto industry declines. Sales in the compact-car segment, which includes the Toyota Motor Corp. Yaris, Honda Motor Co. Fit and General Motors Corp. Chevrolet Aveo, rose 33% in the U.S. last year.

About 30,000 prospective buyers have put down a $99 deposit for a two-seater called the Smart fortwo. U.S. delivery of the Smart car, which is just under nine feet long, began last month. Other mini cars like the 13-foot-long Honda Fit and Ford Motor Co.'s Verve, a concept car that will go on sale in the next two years, are grabbing the attention of critics and consumers with high fuel efficiency and something long missing in the subcompact segment: stylish design. Complete Story

More "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is" in Driving Change:

- Saving The Planet One Truckload of Red Baron Frozen Pizzas at a Time

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