August 2, 2010

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AAA Campaign to Ban Texting While Driving in All 50 States Now Counts 30

No, it's not the heat getting to you, but you might want to sit down anyway. Better World Club is, in fact, congratulating AAA on its continuing success in campaigning to prohibit text messaging while driving in all 50 states by 2013. Complete Story
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Going on vacation? Organize your office and your exit strategy first to reduce "pre-vacation stress"

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In case you couldn't guess, that exit strategy means having Better World Club.
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Better World Club Now Offering Free Bike Maps to Members!

We're Empowering Cyclists to be too Proud to Ask for Directions, Too

You're constantly stuck in traffic in Los Angeles and think it might be time to ditch the car and find a more relaxing way around the gridlock. While visiting Portland, you rent bicycles for your family to see the sights from a local's perspective. Or, you need to get away from the family reunion in Albuquerque but can't find any other transportation than your old ten speed. We're there for you!

Not only does Better World Club offer the nation's only nationwide roadside assistance for bicycles, we're now also offering our members free bike maps. Our current stock covers more than a dozen of North America's most bicycle friendly cities as well as select regions and states. Check out a complete list of available maps here. If you're already a member and see something you like, you can order maps at the member section of our website. Not a member?

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Our bike maps cover the safest/most bike friendly routes and fold up for convenient portage. Now you can rest easy knowing that your next human powered commute or vacation will run as smoothly as that newly installed drivetrain.

Of course, we're always working to expand our membership benefits and look forward to being able to offer our members an even wider selection of bike maps in the future. Don't see a bike map of your home city or of your next destination? Know of a good source for reliable bike maps of your area? Contact us and let us know. Together we can continue to make the streets safer and more traversible for cyclists everywhere...or at least give you a better reason not to stop and ask for directions.

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"Cap and Trade?"

Is That the Best Framing Environmentalists Can Come Up With?

"Cap and Trade" Dropped From Senate Energy Bill

How Much Does it Cost to Hire Conservative Word Guru Frank Luntz?

In late July, Democratic leadership in the Senate deferred the "cap and trade" provisions of its energy bill. (Perhaps quotation marks should also be placed around "deferred" as it's not clear if this proposal will be considered again.)

"Cap and trade" is environmental language that would finally enable a price to be established for carbon. Progressives and environmentalists need to examine this setback, which is teetering on becoming a failure, even though these provisions had already been weakened significantly. (The program was already limited to the utility industry in the Kerry-Lieberman bill before the Senate.)

"Cap and trade." The Democrats selected this wording, which the Republicans have reframed into "cap and tax." Guess what: the former trumps the latter.

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Got Lost on Your Bicycle Anyway?

...We Told You to Follow the Map

Adventure Cycling Association's nonprofit mission is to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle for fitness, fun, and self-discovery. Founded in 1974 as Bikecentennial, Adventure Cycling is the premier bicycle travel organization in North America with 44,500 members nationwide.

If Better World Club doesn't have the bike map you're looking for, you'll probably find something useful through the Adventure Cycling Route Network. The Adventure Cycling website also connects you to guided cycling tours, the latest news on the U.S. Bike Route System, and to the detailed Cyclists' Yellow Pages. Members of Adventure Cycling not only help support the association's nonprofit mission, but also have access to exclusive content at the Adventure Cycling website.

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Do You Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is?
Lincoln hybrid costs the same as a gas-only car

by Peter Valdes-Dapena,

When the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid sedan goes on sale in the fall, the price will probably surprise a lot of people. The sticker price will be $35,180 -- exactly the same as the non-hybrid version of the car.

Hybrid cars generally cost considerably more than non-hybrid versions of the same car. In many cases the extra cost of the car can cancel out what the owner saves on gas.

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Senate panel approves $3.6B for electric vehicles

by David Shepardson, The Detroit News

The Senate Energy Committee has approved a $3.6 billion bill to boost electric vehicles.

The bill approved is a scaled-back version of an $11 billion bill first proposed in May.

But its fate is still in doubt as Senate Democrats are debating whether to include new electric vehicle funding as part of an energy bill they hope to approve before Congress goes home next month.

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2011 Chevrolet Volt to be priced at $41,000, $350/month lease for 36 months

by Sam Abuelsamid,

General Motors' recently hired vice-president for sales and marketing Joel Ewanick took the stage at the Plug-In 2010 conference in San Jose, CA and finally revealed that the 2011 Chevrolet Volt will have a base price of $41,000 (including the $720 destination charge) before federal and state tax incentives. While GM hasn't gone as aggressive as most people had hoped on the sticker price, the real deal appears to be the $350 per month for a 36-month lease. That matches the monthly payment that Nissan is charging for the Leaf electric car.

To be fair, Volt buyers will be getting a lot of brand new technology for their money, but this isn't a price tag that is going to shock most industry insiders the way, say, a $39,000 MSRP would have. That job was handled admirably by the Volt's only major OEM plug-in competitor, the Leaf, which blasted into the price lead this spring with an after-rebate price of $25,280.

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but then!...California bars car-pool lane use by solo Chevrolet Volts

by Sharon Silke Carty, USA Today

The extended-range electric Chevy Volt won't benefit from two of the biggest perks to owning ecolological alternative powertrain cars in California: Having a sticker that allows owners to drive in the car-pool lanes by themselves, and getting the $5,000 tax credit for owning the car.

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