October 31, 2008
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AAA Watch
AAA Fights Tax Dollars Going to Climate Change Mitigation

Legislation Would Fund Programs Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Directly Associated with the Operation of Motor Vehicles

Calitics.com
by: Brian Leubitz

Asm. Huffman (D-Marin) has a pretty interesting legislative package. He has that not-so-great AB 1083, but he's got a few more interesting ones out there. Complete Story
In The News
Auto service's name matches its high-minded goals

The Durham News
by Frank Hyman

Problems like the price of gas and carbon footprints paled when the water pump on my 17-year-old -- and 45,000-mile-young -- work truck conked out. Complete Story


Germans Love Better World Club!

Yet Another Thing We Have in Common with David Hasselhoff


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More BWC Mentions In The News:

Great Green American Family Summer / PennLive.com

Member Specials
- Most Recent 'Kicking Asphalt: Member Payola Edition'
- Member Specials featured previously in 'Kicking Asphalt'
- Hotel and Car Rental Discounts
- Eco-Travel Discounts
- Eco-Lodging Discounts
- Various Member Discounts
Top Story

Better World Nominated for a B.I.G. Award!

There's Nothing Notorious About It - Awards Honor Environmentally Responsible and Sustainable Businesses


Better World Club has been nominated for the first-ever Ideal Bite Best in Green (B.I.G) Awards, an awards program that will annually recognize those companies, products and services that are true leaders and innovators in the green space.

Ideal Bite offers bite-sized ideas for light green living - ideas for real people who lead busy lives and want to make small changes that add up to big results. Complete Story

Read Last Issue's Top Story:

- Readers of 'Kicking Asphalt' Can Now Comment on the Stories They Read

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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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Partners

Bicycle Transportation Alliance

Better World Club is proud to partner with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. The BTA is a non-profit membership organization working to promote bicycling and improve bicycling conditions in Oregon and SW Washington. Since 1990, the BTA has worked in partnership with citizens, businesses, community groups, government agencies and elected officials to create communities where people can meet their daily transportation needs on a bike.

Learn more about the BTA at their website www.bta4bikes.org.


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Washington Watch
BWC Members Demanded it, and the EPA Complied:

They Got the Lead Out (Of the Air We Breathe)


However, New, Stricter Lead Emissions Standards Aren't Being Enforced the Way they Should

It's no secret that lead isn't good for you. Ingestion of lead can cause nerve damage, slow brain and nervous system development; it can affect the cardiovascular system, kidney function, the immune system, and the reproductive system. Complete Story
More Washington Watch in Kicking Asphalt and Driving Change:
- Pelosi Wants to "Save The Earth"
- Energy Crisis Raises Questions: Do Conservatives Believe In America?
- The Government Gives $25 Billion to the U.S. Auto Industry

TravelCool Website of the Month
US Dept. of State

The US Passort Card is now in production! The passport card facilitates entry and expedites document processing at U.S. land and sea ports-of-entry when arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. The card may not be used to travel by air. Otherwise, it carries the rights and privileges of the U.S. passport book and is adjudicated to the exact same standards. New passport card regulations.

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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
Does Your Rental Car Need a Tow?

Conserve Your BWC Service Calls And Contact Them First For Roadside Assistance

As a Better World Club member we will cover you in any vehicle. We cover the individual and not the car. 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

3.05

2.76

2.50

2.46

2.64

2.77

2.64

2.69

Diesel

3.23

3.38

3.24

3.22

3.57

3.51

3.33

3.36



BWC Alternative Fuel Report

Fuel Prices Continue to Fall, but No One Seems to Care

Apparently, Consumers are More Concerned with the Whole "Global Economic Meltdown Thing"


Fuel
Type

West
Coast

West

Mid
West

North
East

South

U.S.

BioDiesel
B20

3.81

3.61

3.24

3.95

3.25

3.57

BioDiesel
B99

4.58

4.85

N/A

N/A

4.08

4.50

Ethanol
E85

2.79

2.50

1.92

2.81

2.29

2.46

CNG

2.76

2.44

1.99

2.73

2.32

2.45




Nationally, prices fell over the last month: B20 Biodiesel by $0.51, B99 Biodiesel by $0.05, E85 Ethanol by $0.53, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) by $0.08, Gasoline by $0.79, and Diesel by $0.55.

Regionally, the most modest price decreases occurred in the West, with the overall average for the region dipping a mere $0.17. The steepest drops in price occurred in the Mid West, with B20 and E85 plummeting $0.87 and $0.74, respectively.

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 ( training for success in a post-apocalyptic world, etc.) or you can feed your fetish by checking out BWC's previous Alternative Fuel Report 'The BWC Alt. Fuel Report Now Reporting Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Prices!' as published in the August 22nd issue of 'Kicking Asphalt'.

The Greening of Luxury Hotels

by Alan J. Shannon

Multi-star hotels have a well-deserved reputation for pampering guests, offering numerous perks and all sorts of luxuries. But many of these come at an environmental cost. While some pricey hotels have spurned the concept of greening, claiming that guests don't want to give up anything during a stay at a deluxe hotel, others embrace it, discovering that guests have responded positively as has their bottom line. Complete Story

Got Gas?

You'll need it for the 10 worst commutes in the U.S.

(LifeWire) - Lost time and endless aggravation are two of the biggest drawbacks of a grueling commute by car. But gridlock on the way to work also harms the environment by pumping extra pollution into the air and wasting precious fuel. Complete Story

GM seeks $10 billion in aid for merger: sources

By Jui Chakravorty Das and Kevin Krolicki

NEW YORK/DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Corp (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has asked the U.S. government for roughly $10 billion in an unprecedented rescue package to support its acquisition of Chrysler LLC from Cerberus Capital Management CBS.UL, sources familiar with the talks said. Complete Story

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

- Buffett Backs China Green-Auto Venture
- Chrysler's Jolt: Three Electric Cars

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