May 17th, 2007
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IN THIS ISSUE
BWC Member Specials

Gas-Saving Tips

Top Story

Hot Topics

This Is the AutoErotic Edition of Kicking Asphalt!

Washington Watch

BWC Member Specials

Sustainable Energy In Motion Bicycle Tour

Special Offer: Two Tours For The Price Of One Until May 31st!

Sure, you could spend your summer working, laying on the beach, or lobbying to keep Paris Hilton out of jail. However, wouldn't you rather do something a little different? This summer, you can take an extraordinary journey. Tune up your bike, pack your bags, and join fellow riders from all over the world for an incredible excursion across Oregon, utilizing the most sustainable method of transportation available. Complete Story

More BWC Member Discounts:

- Eco-Travel Discounts
- Eco-Lodging Discounts
- Various Member Discounts
Gas-Saving Tips
The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Buicks

Summer travel season is nigh upon us, and whether you're a nun-turned-singing governess hiding from Nazis, or a family of five driving to the Grand Canyon, your road trip will include at least one hill. Here are some tips to help you conserve gas on hills:

- Build up speed before you start climbing, and you will reduce your need to downshift to a less efficient gear. Complete Story

Top Story
The Next Great Innovation in Auto Insurance: Pay by the Mile aka Pay As You Drive (PAYD)

It Gets Confusing As Most Of Our Staff Also Use "aka"

by Erik Sahagian, VP, Better World Insurance

Better World Club recently supported a Massachusetts proposal to jump-start Pay by the Mile Auto Insurance for the second time. Here is an excerpt from the statement of support:

Some have chosen to falsely frame the recent "Pay as you Drive" proposal as an assault on freedom. In fact, the opposite is true. PAYD is quite simply an attempt to more fairly price that necessary evil we know as auto insurance. By charging a per mile rate, insurance would join an infinite list of products from ice cream cones to xylophones which are paid for and consumed on a per unit basis. Would these critics of PAYD have us all pay the same, no matter how much potato salad or heating oil we consume? Is that how a market functions? Complete Story

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TravelCool Website of the Month
American Public Transportation Association

We at Better World Club like public transportation. This site is cool because it includes a page of public transportation links for all 50 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. Curious about public transportation options in a particular state? This site will point you in the right direction: American Public Transportation Association

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.
Hot Topics
Carbon Offsets Gain Notoriety As Limbaugh Attacks

Let's Hope The Line About Any Publicity Being Good Publicity Is Accurate

Carbon Offsets Are Like Medicine for the Earth

Isn't This a Subject Limbaugh Knows Something About?

Better World Club was the first travel business and one of the first companies of any kind to offer donations, known as "carbon offsets", which are devoted to projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Better World Club has offset over 10 million pounds of greenhouse gas from planes and cars and is about to announce its 2006 offsets.

For years, few Americans knew what a carbon offset was. This is now changing, thanks largely to Al Gore and his use of carbon offsets and even more to the Rush Limbaughs and his ilk who view them as completely illegitimate. "Fraud" is a word frequently used by these conservatives. Complete Story.
This Is the AutoErotic Edition of Kicking Asphalt
BWC is now publishing KA twice a month. The mid-month issue 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
Bush Orders Regulatory Action on Climate, Fuel Efficiency

Too Little, Too Late?

Well, Too Little For Sure

In the wake of a Supreme Court rebuke, President Bush signed an executive order Monday requiring the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal regulators to develop regulations to limit greenhouse-gas emissions by motor vehicles.

In what was a first for an environmental issue, Bush made the announcement from the White House Rose Garden. "I'm directing the EPA and the departments of Transportation, Energy and Agriculture to take the first steps toward regulations that would cut gasoline consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions for motor vehicles," the president said. The agencies will use his State of the Union proposal to cut gasoline consumption by 20% in 10 years in drafting the new regulations, which must be completed by the end of 2008. Complete Story.


Warming Cited For $900 Billion Insurance Risk

MSNBC - The U.S. government, insurer of last resort, faces a potential payout of at least $919 billion under a worst-case scenario of flood and crop losses due to global warming, congressional investigators say. Complete Story
More Washington Watch in Kicking Asphalt and Driving Change:
- Gov. Schwarzenegger To EPA: "Ah'll Be Back" If CA Greenhouse Gas Regs Not Approved
- EPA Chief: Bush Climate Policy Is Working... Gee, Like the Katrina Rebuilding Effort Is Working, Like Alec Baldwin's Anger Management Therapy Is Working, Like Al Gore's Diet Is Working...



BWC Alternative Fuel Report

Fuel
Type

West
Coast

Rocky
Mtn.

Mid
West

Gulf
Coast

New
England

Mid
Atlantic

South

U.S.

Gasoline

3.38

3.19

3.17

2.92

3.03

3.01

2.95

3.09

Diesel

2.92

3.00

2.74

2.71

2.87

2.84

2.71

2.83



Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back To The Pumps…

Gas Is Really Freakin' Expensive II: Rise of the Alternative Forms of Transportation

Fuel
Type

West
Coast

West

Mid
West

North
East

South

U.S.

BioDiesel
B20

3.18

2.90

2.85

2.93

2.70

2.91

BioDiesel
B99

3.31

3.08

3.30

3.18

2.94

3.16

Ethanol
85

3.11

2.43

2.58

3.02

2.83

2.79




Traditionally, Hollywood releases its blockbusters during the summer. These inevitably include the sequels to previous summer blockbusters. This week's Alternative Fuel Report is an unhappy sequel to the last report. And, like most sequels, the story's exactly the same: National price averages for gasoline and E85 Ethanol are up $0.12 and $0.08, respectively. Diesel prices are down, with Petroleum Diesel dropping $0.03, and B99 and B20 Biodiesels both dipping $0.01 each.

With increased production, gasoline prices should drop a bit over the summer, with potential for another price spike at the end of the summer. Warm summer weather means fewer people will be using diesel fuel as heating oil, which should lower demand and drop diesel and biodiesel prices even further.

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 (learning how to pronounce the word "canapé" and then casually interjecting it into conversations, etc.) or you can feed your fetish by checking out BWC's previous Alternative Fuel Report ‘Let's Just Be Honest: Gas Is Really Freakin' Expensive' as published in the May 3rd issue of ‘Kicking Asphalt'.

BWC High-Mileage Review
The Nissan AltimaWhat's Mine Is Yaris...

…And what's Yaris is mine. Other than an excuse for a bad pun, the headline and first sentence of this review don't make much sense. The 2007 Toyota Yaris, however, makes a lot of sense. Its upfront affordability and fuel efficiency make it a winner from both consumer and environmental perspectives. Even better, this is a car whose great mileage and low emissions aren't based on new technology (i.e., a hybrid-electric engine), thus saving money for the auto manufacturers who are always whining about the cost of developing new technologies. The Yaris represents a win-win situation.

Though it's fairly unknown in the US, the Yaris is a proven commodity. It was launched in Europe in 1999 and is Toyota's best-selling model there.

We think this simple little car is great. However, we know it's not for everyone. Unless contortionism takes off as a school sport, we don't see moms hauling kids around in this thing. The Yaris really shines as an efficient commuter car or as a good first car for a young person. Click here to read the entire review.

Recall Information
April Recalls

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

Autocar / BMW / DaimlerChrysler / Ducati / Eton America / Extreme Engineering / EZ Loader Custom Boat Trailers / Ford / Freightliner / Gem State / GM / Harley-Davidson / International / Jayco / Keystone RV / Kia / Mack / Mazda / NABI / Nissan / Paccar / Polar / Saleen / Suzuki / Teton Homes / Tiffin / TL Industries / U.S. Bus / Van Hool / Vantage Mobility International / Volvo / Winnebago / Yamaha

Lemon Information
The 2007 Honda Civic

Component: POWER TRAIN: CLUTCH ASSEMBLY
Summary: I BOUGHT A 2007 HONDA CIVIC SI ON DECEMBER 18, 2006. IN LESS THAN 700 MILES THE CLUTCH BURNED OUT. HONDA AMERICA AGREED TO PAY FOR THE LABOR TO REPAIR IT, BUT WANTED ME TO PAY FOR THE PARTS. (ABOUT $300) THEY ALSO AGREED TO PAY FOR A RENTAL CAR FOR FOUR DAYS WHILE MY CAR WAS BEING REPAIRED. I SEE NO REASON WHY I SHOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR THE PARTS, SINCE I CONSIDER THE PROBLEM TO BE A FACTORY DEFECT. THE CAR HAS A SIX SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION. I KNOW HOW TO DRIVE A STANDARD, AND I'M CONVINCED THAT I DID NOTHING TO CAUSE THIS PROBLEM. Complete List of 2007 Civic Complaints

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