July 31, 2008
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IN THIS ISSUE
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AAA Watch

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Partners

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Washington Watch

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AAA Watch
AAA Mid-Atlantic Class Action Lawsuit

The Suit was Filed in 2007 and is Still Active

Complete Story
In The News
Sierra Club Allegheny Group Newsletter

AAA Lobbies Against Environmental Goals


Complete Story

Los Angeles Times

Renting a car? Consider hybrid and other eco-friendly options


Complete Story


More BWC Mentions In The News:

Conscious Choice Magazine / Tiny Choices / Eco Friendly Driver / Los Angeles Times / PriusChat.com

Member Specials

BWC Members Save 10%-30% at TheGreenOffice.com



N8TV Adventures

BWC Members Receive a 15% Discount on Kayaking Trips in Oregon!



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Recycled Bike Art

BWC Members Receive a 10% Discount and Free Shipping!



Hub World Travel

BWC Members Receive a 15% Discount on Tours!



More BWC Member Discounts:

- Member Specials featured previously in 'Kicking Asphalt'
- Eco-Travel Discounts
- Eco-Lodging Discounts
- Various Member Discounts
Top Story
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BWC Members from MA are Eligible for a 13% Discount on Auto Insurance!

(Members From Other States Get Insurance Discounts, Too)


Better World Club has long offered an 8% discount on auto insurance premiums to its members living in Massachusetts. Well, we've pulled a few strings - we've got a cousin who can get us wholesale prices - and are now able to offer a whopping 13% discount!

American Consumer Insurance, our Massachusetts insurance office, not only offers auto policies at a 13% discount, but also boasts top-rated customer service. It's been voted the best insurance agency in Cambridge three years in a row, and has won first or second place for the last three years straight in the Boston Metro area. Complete Story


Forget Gas Prices: Plan a Summer Adventure by Bicycle

In an Age of Skyrocketing Fuel Costs, Bicycle Travel is Growing as an Invigorating Alternative for Vacationers


Kerouac is history. The new cool is on two-wheels: the road trip by bicycle. This summer, whether they're planning a solo journey, a weekend family outing, or gathering a group of friends together for a weeklong adventure, more people are rounding up their bicycles, some basic gear, and going gas-free. Complete Story

Read Last Issue's Top Story:

- Guess Who's the #1 Insurance Agency in Cambridge?

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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.)

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Try Our Spiffy Multi-Purpose Booking Engine


Partners

They're Kind of Like the "Justice League of America", but Without the Spandex

Actually, Cyclists Do Tend to Wear Spandex Too...

Better World Club is proud to partner with the Bicycle Alliance of Washington. People who join or renew with the BAW at the $75 level or higher receive a year's worth of Better World bicycle roadside assistance FREE with their membership. Complete Story


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Washington Watch
Drivers Aren't Getting Kicks on Route 66

Americans Drove Almost 10 BILLION Fewer Miles in May


Are You One of the Many Dusting Off Your Old Bike? You May Want to Add Bicycle Roadside Assistance to your Existing Auto Coverage

The Federal Highway Administration has just released driving stats for the month of May.

Americans drove almost 255 billion miles this May, 9.6 billion fewer miles than in May 2007. Not only was it the biggest decline ever recorded for the month of May, it also was the third largest monthly drop. Complete Story
More Washington Watch in Kicking Asphalt and Driving Change:
- CAN WE HAVE $2.50 GASOLINE WHEN OIL SELLS AT OVER $130 PER BARREL?
- World Wildlife Fund Releases Environmental Scorecards for G8 Nations. Guess What Grade the US Got?
- Cheney's Office Pushed Purge Of Climate Change Testimony

TravelCool Website of the Month
High Fuel Prices Driving You to - Gasp! - Use Mass Transit?

Allow Better World Club to be your enabler. We have a list of mass transit options in all 50 states. Click here to find a train in Toledo, a bus in Boston, or a subway in St. Louis.

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.

Member Alert
Roadside Assistance is Not Meant to Replace Your Collision Insurance

In the event of an accident, members should check with their auto policy carriers to see who is responsible for the payment of any necessary towing. Complete Story

Special Events
Wolf Haven International's "Howl-ins"

August 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2008

Howl-ins are a one-of-a-kind event the whole family can enjoy in Western Washington State. Taking place four out of the five Saturdays in August, each includes mini tours of the wolf sanctuary, crafts and games, Wolf-TV, education and conservation learning areas, and family oriented entertainment. Complete Story

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

4.25

4.06

3.83

3.86

4.00

4.00

3.92

3.99

Diesel

4.77

4.66

4.52

4.57

4.81

4.77

4.60

4.67



BWC Alternative Fuel Report

It's a Miracle! Like a Burning Bush, or the Seas Parting, or my Uncle Sasha Picking up a Check:

Fuel Prices Going Down

Fuel
Type

West
Coast

West

Mid
West

North
East

South

U.S.

BioDiesel
B20

4.98

4.70

4.65

4.81

4.57

4.74

BioDiesel
B99

5.29

4.71

4.72

4.82

4.75

4.86

Ethanol
85

3.69

3.08

3.04

3.65

3.32

3.36



Seriously.

No, Really.


On a national level, prices have dropped over the last month: Gas by $0.10, Diesel by$0.08, E85 Ethanol by $0.01, B99 Biodiesel by $0.04, and B20 Biodiesel by $0.04.

Regionally, average prices rose on the West Coast and in the West, $0.04 and $0.05, respectively. Average prices dropped most dramatically in the Midwest, by $0.11.

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 ( making people laugh, hunting down the man who murdered your sensei, etc.) or you can feed your fetish by checking out BWC's previous Alternative Fuel Report 'Sky-High Fuel Prices Make for Non-Bedfellows: Even the Nevada Brothel Industry is Feeling the Pinch!' as published in the June 25th issue of 'Kicking Asphalt'.

Obama Ups Ante on PHEVs in Candidates' Plug-In Race

Yahoo! Autos

It's happened: the candidates are now facing off on PHEVs. For the previous round, see our July 1 posting, "Obama/McCain/GM/Ford Maneuver for Support on PHEVs".

Now Barack Obama has become more specific -- as we'd hoped he would -- plus he has addressed Sen. McCain's ideas and offered more. Both campaigns have advisors who favor plug-in cars, and many advocates are sending them suggestions and talking points, so we are expectantly watching what comes next! Complete Story

GM Teams With Dozens Of Utilities on Plug-In Cars

Collaboration Seeks To Smooth the Path For Electric Vehicles

by REBECCA SMITH and JOHN STOLL
The Wall Street Journal

Three dozen electric utilities and General Motors Corp. agreed to collaborate on smoothing a path for a plug-in electric vehicle that is slated to roll out in about two years. Complete Story

CAR-FOR-BIKE SWAP IS BACK

by Bryan A. McCarty
Environmental News Network

Your car guzzles gas money, pollutes and isn't too great for the daily workout, so ditch it and ride a bike! In fact, turn your car title over to New Belgium Brewing at Tour de Fat celebrations this summer and receive a custom New Belgium commuter bike. Complete Story

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

- Next-Gen Prius: What Will a Little Sunshine Get You?
- Felix Kramer's Plug-in Electric Vehicle Progress Report For General Motors,Toyota, Honda and Ford
- Toyota: Green but Abusive to Workers?

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