May 9, 2008
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IN THIS ISSUE
AAA Watch

Member Specials

Top Story

Partners

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Washington Watch

AAA Watch
AAA of Southern California Charged Drivers Improper Fees

AAA Sued by the Consumer Rights Foundation and Settles for $22.5 Million

Complete Story
Member Specials
BWC Members Receive a 10% Discount On Stays at Belle Pepper's B&B

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Environmentally-Themed Children's Books

BWC Members Receive a 10% Discount on The Land of Curiosities

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QUIZ: Do You Turn Guys On?

This, Along with Other Dumb Content Won't be Found in Smart HomeOwner Magazine

BWC Members Can Read Latest Issue for FREE!


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BWC Members Receive a 10% Discount on Tours

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More BWC Member Discounts:

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

Special Events
Drive Less. Save More.

Be one of three families in the Portland metro area to put your skills to the test this May in the Drive Less/Save More Family Challenge. The objective is for each family to reduce the number of road miles they drive in a single week. Experts will be on hand to coach families on how to drive less and save more. Learn More
Top Story
Owners of Electric Vehicles Now Eligible for Discount on New Membership!

EV Owners Join Other Deadbeats Taking Advantage of Better World Club's 15% Discount for Alternative Vehicles


For several years now, Better World Club has doled out discounts to Hybrid owners and biodiesel users, while simultaneously surcharging owners of the worst gas-guzzlers an additional 20%. We are the only auto club that bases its pricing on fuel efficiency. Complete Story

Read Last Issue's Top Story:

- Better World Club Is Now Selling National Park Annual Passes Bundled with FREE Carbon Offsets!

In The News
An Auto Club with Good "Car"ma

Ride stress-free with this eco-friendly roadside assistance plan.


Complete Story


More BWC Mentions In The News:

The Oregonian / Punk Rock Traveler / Traveling Mamas / Kick The Gong / RelevantTimes.com

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Partners
SEE Turtles

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Protecting Turtles Through Conservation Tourism

Ocean Conservancy is launching the SEE Turtles program that links people with sea turtle sites in ways that directly support efforts to protect sea turtles. Going beyond the ecotourism mantra of not impacting the environment that tourists visit, Ocean Conservancy suggests that tourists should make an impact - a positive one - through conservation tourism. Complete Story


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, 35 out of 37 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?).
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Washington Watch
Liquor Lobby Declares Being A Little Drunk: An American "Tradition"

Effort to Prevent In-Car Breathalyzers Leads to Full-Page Propaganda


What's Next? Accountants Defending the American Tradition of Tax Evasion & the Phone Companies Defending Texting While Driving?

Apparently, when attending a baseball game, a real American is required to have a few beers.

So indicates The American Beverage Association in a full page ad published in USA Today this past week. The association, known more informally as the "liquor lobby", is trying to block attempts to install breathalyzers in cars. Complete Story
More Washington Watch in Kicking Asphalt and Driving Change:
- Bush's Call To Address Global Warming In No Way a Sneaky Ploy to Derail Congressional Plans to Address Climate Change
- A Problem with New CAFE Standard Plan
- Here's a Great Way to Save Government Money: Fire All of the EPA's Scientists! Nobody's Listening to Them, Anyway

TravelCool Website of the Month
Better World Club Destination Guides

Before you travel, check out BWC's destination guides. You can find general city overviews, attractions, events, entertainment, hotel info, and much more for popular destinations all over the world. Click here to check out the guides and learn more.

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
Hey, Cheapo! Are the Gas Reimbursement Coupons Your Favorite BWC Benefit?

If You Want to Receive Your Checks, Make Sure the Name and Address You Note on the Coupon Match What We Have on File

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

3.80

3.49

3.58

3.51

3.63

3.64

3.58

3.60

Diesel

4.30

4.16

4.10

4.08

4.34

4.35

4.12

4.21



BWC Alternative Fuel Report

It's Not Too Late to Buy a Bicycle, You Know

Fuel Price Spikes Have Motorists Reminiscing Fondly About Gasoline at $3 a Gallon

Fuel
Type

West
Coast

West

Mid
West

North
East

South

U.S.

BioDiesel
B20

4.60

4.22

4.42

4.45

4.26

4.39

BioDiesel
B99

4.88

5.10

N/A

N/A

4.15

4.71

Ethanol
85

3.34

2.91

2.99

3.33

3.18

3.15




Yeesh. As if speculators driving up oil prices, unrest in oil-producing countries, and price-gouging oil companies weren't enough, summer is just a month away. Why does that matter? Fuel prices traditionally jump this time of year, as retailers switch to more expensive "summer grade" fuel and as supply tightens as road trip season gets underway.

Regionally, prices jumped most sharply in the West Coast and Western Regions. While alternative fuel prices rose all over the US, the lowest increase was in the Midwest.

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, 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 March 25th issue of 'Kicking Asphalt'.

The Ethanol Cure's Side Effects

by Allan Sloan
Washington Post

Now that milk and gasoline can each cost $3.50 a gallon, filling up your grocery cart or sport-utility vehicle has become an exercise in pain. Most people just wince, pay and get along as best they can. But someone like me can't help but see these price spikes as a nasty side effect of America's ethanol program. How nasty? Think of the recent film starring Will Smith, "I Am Legend." Complete Story

WSJ Wonders Whether GM Is Producing the Plug-In Hybrid Chevy Volt For Less-Than-Environmental Reasons

"A Volt Out of the Red"

by Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
The Wall Street Journal

With the administration's waning days coming up, the biggest implication of yesterday's fuel-economy proposals from the Transportation Department is that officials will have some media bouquets to Google at their leisure when they leave office. How fun it will be to read about their boldness in speeding up the already ambitious mileage targets that Congress enacted last year. Complete Story

Loaded for Bear

by Daniel Schulman
Mother Jones

Any day now the polar bear could be listed under the Endangered Species Act. Conservative groups are already plotting their response - and lawsuits are just the tip of the iceberg. Complete Story

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

- Is Earth Day the New Christmas?
- Accor Hotel Group Launched Week-Long Earth Day Initiatives (This Was A Much Better Idea Than Last Year's I'll-Advised "STD Awareness Month" Promotion)

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