October 2007


Thumbs Up For Prius, Thumbs
Down For Anti-Environmental LobbyingToyota's Stance On Fuel Efficiency Standards: Hybrid or Hypocritical?

Toyota Takes Over GM's #1 Sales Spot. Taking Over GM's Anti-Environmental Policy Agenda, Too?

Toyota, whose hybrid Prius and superior fleet-wide fuel economy (better than any US automaker) has made it the darling of the environmental movement, has taken a hit recently with its decision to join the Detroit automakers in lobbying against a proposed hike in Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFE) standards. The proposed change would set standards for all passenger vehicles at 35 mpg by 2020.

The automakers are fighting to have 2 extra years to reach a goal of 32 mpg.

The National Environmental Trust organized a protest over Toyota's stance in Portland, OR, on October 12th. Better World Club President Mitch Rofsky opened his remarks by saying, "This may be the friendliest demonstration in U.S. history. The people gathering here are not opponents of Toyota. We're their customers. We're just feeling the kind of disappointment that a parent feels when they learn that their child has been misbehaving." Complete Story

We encourage our readers to Drive Change by contacting Shigeru Hayakawa, Toyota's chairman and chief executive, and let him know that you want Toyota to support the 35-mpg standard.

'Driving Change' Readers Do It Again!

Terrific Response Made Our Ozone Campaign One Of The Most Successful Yet

Thanks to 'Driving Change' readers, the EPA received roughly 400 emails and haikus urging the agency to increase regulation of ozone emissions.

The agency stopped taking public comments on October 9th, and announce their final decision by March 12, 2008. We'll monitor this issue, and keep you posted on further developments.

Again, thank you for taking the time to Drive Change!

Haiku Activism!

The true spirit of Bushido calls for a balance between the art of war and just plain old art. Once you've signed the petition for Toyota, why not show your sensitive, artistic side by sending them a haiku? It's the honorable thing to do.

protect the public
eliminate ozone days
I will smile at you!

- Judy S.
Madison, WI

Click here to read more BWC member haikus.

Simple Things You Can Do To Fight Global Warming

Clean Your Refrigerator Coils Twice a Year

Seriously. It saves energy.

Dr. Julie GerberdingCensory Perception

The Bush Administration is Being Accused - Again - Of Censoring Scientific Data It Finds Inconveniently Truthful

Administration Claims It's Just Trying to "Keep It Pithy"; Prevent Congress From Getting Bored By "All Those Words"

It's deja vu all over again. The White House is again being accused of stifling the dissemination of climate change information. Officials at the White House Office of Management and Budget gutted the prepared testimony that Center for Disease Control head Julie Gerberding gave to a congressional panel concerning the impacts of climate change on disease and public health.

The testimony was cut in half, and references to specific effects of climate change on the spreading of disease were almost entirely removed. These specifics were only mentioned during the questioning period, thanks to lawmakers who asked the right questions.

A CDC official who was familiar with both the original and the "administration friendly" versions of the testimony noted that it had been "eviscerated" by OMB censors. Complete Story

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Motorhead Messiah

Johnathan Goodwin can get 100 mpg out of a Lincoln Continental, cut emissions by 80%, and double the horsepower. Does the car business have the guts to follow him?

by Clive Thompson

"Check it out. It's actually a jet engine," says Johnathan Goodwin, with a low whistle. "This thing is gonna be even cooler than I thought." We're hunched on the floor of Goodwin's gleaming workshop in Wichita, Kansas, surrounded by the shards of a wooden packing crate. Inside the wreckage sits his latest toy--a 1985-issue turbine engine originally designed for the military. It can spin at a blistering 60,000 rpm and burn almost any fuel. And Goodwin has some startling plans for this esoteric piece of hardware: He's going to use it to create the most fuel-efficient Hummer in history. Complete Story

Additional Ways to Get Where You're Going:

A Manhattan-size ice island cracks in half. Residents of a Connecticut-size ice island complain of longer commutes.

Who knew? A new study shows that long walks on the beach, strawberry margaritas, men who aren't afraid to cry, and global warming make Mother Earth wet and sticky.

Yeah, that Hummer is one great car! (Yup, October is
National Sarcasm Month.) When the Administration says CO2 isn"t out of control, I'm all ears! (In fact, reports that global CO2 production is surging.)

The News Journal reports that increased ethanol production may turn the Midwest corn belt into a corn hole, as water is sucked up by 'Big Ethanol'

If you would like to contribute your opinion to Driving Change's Giving Directions please email it to us at


MercedesDiesels Motor Back to California Roadways

By Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY

CULVER CITY, Calif. In a hip, makeshift sound-stage erected for a fashion show, spotlights shine, dancers weave and music swells.

Star of the show?

The diesel car, what so many have long dismissed as a sputtering, smoke-belching, clattering monstrosity.

A new breed of diesel, as quiet, smooth and clean as any gasoline-powered sedan on the road, is being reintroduced into California this week by Mercedes-Benz. Complete Story

More 'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is' in 'Kicking Asphalt':

- Seeking a Cure for Automotive Ennui

- Recasting Big Oil's Battered Image


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