June 29, 2007
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IN THIS ISSUE
BWC Member Specials

Gas-Saving Tips

Top Story

TravelCool!

This Is the AutoErotic Edition of Kicking Asphalt!

Washington Watch

BWC Member Specials

Check Out Boston With Urban AdvenTours

BWC Members Receive a 15% Discount!

Urban AdvenTours Boston was founded on the belief that the healthiest, most environmentally friendly, and overall best way to explore Boston is on two wheels! They know tour buses not only pollute, but they can't get down all of Boston's narrow streets to discover the hidden gems and architectural marvels that make this historic city so amazing.

Their authentic street guides lead small, intimate groups through the streets and along beautiful bike paths, showing you the best of Boston by Bicycle. They even use their ‘Urban Mobile', their vegetable-oil run truck to deliver bikes around the city. So when you make your way to Boston, please remember to book a bicycle tour or bike rental with Urban AdvenTours, and as always, ‘keep it wheel'!

Go to the Urban AdvenTours website and use the promo code ‘BWC' and receive 15% off a tour or bike rental.

More BWC Member Discounts:

- Eco-Travel Discounts
- Eco-Lodging Discounts
- Various Member Discounts
Gas-Saving Tips
Make Sure Your Charger's Charged

Electrical conductivity is important, whether you want to power an appliance, restart someone's heart, or win a rousing game of "Don't Whiz on the Electric Fence". It's equally important for assuring top fuel efficiency. Here are a couple of tips to help keep the juice in your jalopy flowing:

- Check your spark plugs regularly, and replace them when necessary. Old, worn-out plugs sap your engine's power and decrease fuel efficiency.

- Examine your ignition wires periodically. Old ignition wires can crack and leak electricity instead of passing it to the spark plugs.



Top Story
Happy Birthday To Us!

Better World Club Turns Five Years Old!

Plans For Our Fifth Birthday Party Include Eating Cake With Our Hands, Not Letting Other Party Guests Play With Our Gifts, And A Potential Temper Tantrum After We Come Down From Our Sugar Rush

Things were pretty rough back in July of 2002. America was reeling from the events of September 11th, 2001, and the economy was still recovering from the dot.com crash. Perfect time to start up a new business, right? Probably not, but no one else in the auto club industry was addressing environmental concerns, so we bravely stepped into the breach and created the nation's first (and still) only environmentally-conscious auto club.

Better World Club was officially born July 1, 2002 when we started selling memberships to the public. These were brave souls who didn't mind joining a brand-new auto club that had yet to actually tow anyone.

Five years and some 20,000 members later, Better World Club is still going strong.

Just a few milestones:
  • Attaining the fastest growth rate in the industry. (It took AAA over a century to reach 45 million members. At BWC's current rate of growth, it will surpass AAA's membership in less than half that time.) Complete Story
Contest!

Earth Friendly Never Sounded So Good!

Tell Us Your Idea for an Environmentally-Friendly CD and Win a Whole Mess of CDs from Universal Music

The Grand-Prize Winner Will Receive 20 CDs, Including a "Best-Of" Album from Live Earth Performer Melissa Etheridge

All Prize CDs Come in Universal Music Enterprise's Fully Recyclable Eco-pak (tm) Packages


On 7/7/07, Al Gore will be making history through his Live Earth concerts for the environment. We encourage all of our members to check out the Live Earth website and sign up to either host or join a Live Earth party.

Better World Club and Universal Music would like to help you keep the party going long after the concerts are over with a Live Earth-inspired contest. Being the smartest and potentially most patient people on the planet, ‘Kicking Asphalt' readers are uniquely qualified to tell us:

"What is your idea for the perfect environmentally-friendly CD (music and packaging)?" Complete Story

More Info on Universal Music's Environmentally-Friendly CDs:

Number 1's – A brand new line of CDs featuring Number 1 hits from the biggest names in music. All come in Eco Friendly packaging.

20th Century Masters Millennium Collection – The best selling single artist music compilation series of all time! Now available in eco friendly packaging.

Melissa Etheridge – Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled –In addition to her Greatest Hits, this re-packaged CD also contains the Academy Award winning song "I Need To Wake Up" from "An Inconvenient Truth". This is the first time that this song is available on CD.

If you don't feel like entering the contest, you can buy Universal Music's environmentally-friendly CDs on Amazon.com
TravelCool!
Need To Get Out Of Town In A Hurry?

Try Our Spiffy New Booking Engine


This Is the AutoErotic Edition of Kicking Asphalt
BWC is now publishing KA twice a month. This edition focuses more on insurance and cars. Check out the exclusive, car-related content of this edition:

- BWC Alternative Fuel Report
- BWC High-Mileage Car Review
- Recall Information
- Lemon Information
Washington Watch
We Interrupt Consideration of the Energy Bill for a New Idea

It's Unorthodox to Raise New Issues with Congress, But What the Heck

Congress Is Heading for Recess, So Let's Discuss Something that Would Make A Real Difference: A Sky Trust


by Mitch Rofsky, President, Better World Club

In the last Driving Change, we passed along the cynicism of NY Times Columnist Tom Friedman, who believes that Congress hasn't been able to escape the delights of energy money and shape a rational energy policy.

True enough. But part of a sane energy policy would appear to be higher gas prices, and Congressmen don't need lobbyists to tell them that's politically risky. It's time to think of something bigger--and, hopefully, better.

Peter Barnes has been doing just that. Peter was one of the founders of Working Assets, the socially responsible mutual fund that I once managed, as well as Working Assets Long Distance.

After retiring from Working Assets, Peter has used his time to think about how the marketplace could be used to solve various social problems. This led to his terrific book, Capitalism 3.0.

There, Peter resurrects the potential of the "commons", largely publicly owned assets (his definition is even broader but you'll have to read his book.) A key example would be...the sky. A "sky trust" could set/auction fees with polluters to compensate for their imposition on the trust. It costs a polluter to dump trash onto your lawn or other private property, why shouldn't it be the same for publicly owned assets? It would be a key strategy to stop our sky and waterways from being used as free public toilets, as they are today. That's the environmental case. But the benefits of a sky trust don't stop there. Barnes makes the case that with higher energy prices, dividends from the trust would support US purchasing power. "Dividends (from the trust) are a way to replenish consumer purchasing power and keep the economy from tanking," says Barnes. Complete Story
More Washington Watch in Kicking Asphalt and Driving Change:
- Keeping Up With The Chinese? Ask Your Senator To Support Higher Fuel Mileage Standards
- Bush's Climate Policy Selflessly Ensures that No Progress Will Be Made During His Tenure--And the G8 Buys It
- Senate Passes Energy Bill, Increases Fuel Mileage Standard

BWC Alternative Fuel Report

Fuel
Type

West
Coast

Rocky
Mtn.

Mid
West

Gulf
Coast

New
England

Mid
Atlantic

South

U.S.

Gasoline

3.15

3.14

2.97

2.88

3.00

2.99

2.90

3.00

Diesel

2.99

2.94

2.81

2.78

2.92

2.92

2.79

2.88



The Calm Before The Storm

Gas Prices Are Down, But Like The South, Shall Rise Again

Nationally, gas prices are down $0.09 per gallon from two weeks ago. Prices for B20 Biodiesel, B99 Biodiesel, E85 Ethanol, and Petro Diesel have all risen - $0.01, $0.01, $0.02, and $0.04, respectively.

Fuel
Type

West
Coast

West

Mid
West

North
East

South

U.S.

BioDiesel
B20

3.09

2.95

2.87

2.96

2.72

2.92

BioDiesel
B99

3.23

3.29

3.14

3.20

2.99

3.17

Ethanol
85

2.99

2.44

2.44

2.94

3.06

2.77




We're predicting that current high prices for crude and vegetable oils combined with the usual end-of-summer price jump will form a "perfect storm" of sorts, cranking up fuel prices in August.

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 (hiding in a cave on a South Pacific island and pretending WWII never ended, reading your pet's horoscope, etc.) or you can feed your fetish by checking out BWC's previous Alternative Fuel Report ‘Huzzah! Fuel Prices Shall Rise No Higher! ...Until The End Of The Summer', as published in the June 18th issue of ‘Kicking Asphalt'.

BWC High-Mileage Review
The Civic HybridThe Honda Civic Hybrid:

The Salutatorian of the Hybrid Class

There is no doubt that Honda and Toyota have been the leaders in the hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) movement here in the United States. However, it's interesting to note that they chose different ways to introduce HEV technology. Toyota opted to create a brand-new model, the Prius. The Honda Insight was also a brand-new model, but it was manufactured mostly as a test model and was discontinued. Honda's main strategy has been to hide hybrid technology in pre-existing, popular Honda models. Hence, the Civic Hybrid.

Based on sales, it's obvious that the Toyota strategy was the more successful. The attention and hype surrounding the Prius has cast a long shadow over the Civic Hybrid, which is a shame, because it's a pretty good car. It's not perfect, however (unlike the beatific and height/weight proportionate members of Better World Club). Read the complete review.

Recall Information
May Recalls

You can check out the complete List of May Recalls, or go directly to a particular manufacturer:

Alfa Leisure / Cheetah / Coachmen / DaimlerChrysler / Forest River / Freightliner / Girardin / GM / Hino Motors / Hyundai / Jaguar / Kawasaki / Mid Bus / Motor Coach / NABI / Nissan Diesel / Paccar / Pilgrim / ProHauler / Setra / Skyline / U.S. Bus / Volvo / Winnebago / Yamaha

Lemon Information
The 2007 Ford Taurus

Components: SUSPENSION, FRONT, SPRINGS, COIL SPRINGS
Summary: DRIVER SIDE COIL SPRING BROKE WHEN I WAS BACKING OUT OF THE GARAGE. THIS DESTROYED THE TIRE, RENDERING IT UNDRIVABLE. Complete Story.

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