October 18, 2007
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IN THIS ISSUE
BWC Member Specials

Gas-Saving Tips

Top Story

TravelCool

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Washington Watch

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The Maine Attraction

BWC Members Receive $10 Nightly Discount at Meadowmere Resort!

Enjoy the beauty of Maine at the Meadowmere Resort, Ogunquit's First Environmental Leader Hotel. With central access to spectacular Marginal Way and nearby beaches, surfing, trails and shopping - real Maine awaits your next vacation. During summer, spring and fall, play golf, fish or hike; and in the winter, unwind after a day of exploring Ogunquit with Jacuzzis, steam, sauna and award-winning spa treatments. Experience exquisite local cuisine and more as you enjoy the best of Southern Maine during each and every season! Complete Story

More BWC Member Discounts:

- Member Specials featured previously in 'Kicking Asphalt'
- Eco-Travel Discounts
- Eco-Lodging Discounts
- Various Member Discounts
Gas-Saving Tips
Straighten Up and Drive Right

Otherwise, Your Fuel Efficiency Will Take Some Licks On Route 66

- If you have a manual transmission, don't downshift to slow down. This wastes gas. Use your brakes instead. Complete Story



Top Story
Better World Club Makes All Of Your Wildest Dreams Come True!

(As Long as Your Wildest Dreams Involve a New and Improved Car Rental Booking Engine)

It doesn't matter if you're renting a car to visit your family for Christmas in Oklahoma, or to carry you and your best friend on a multi-state crime spree/voyage of discovery "Thelma and Louise" style: either way, Better World Club can make reserving a car easier with our new booking engine. Complete Story



Read Last Issue's Top Story:

- BWC Announces Carbon Offset Contributions
TravelCool
Need To Get Out Of Town In A Hurry?

Try Our Spiffy Multi-Purpose Booking Engine




TravelCool Website of the Month






Save $$$ On Last-Minute Travel With Better World Club!

This Isn't As Blatantly Self-Promotional As It Appears

Okay, Maybe It Is

Regardless, you can take advantage of some shockingly good last-minute deals by booking through BWC's aptly-named last minute booking engine.

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.

Offset Your Carbon Emissions!
When it comes to carbon emissions, we all know that it's best to simply not pollute in the first place (would it kill you to ride your bike occasionally?), but prevention isn't always possible. Thus, we recommend offsetting your carbon emissions if you have to drive or fly. Here's how:

1.) Precisely determine the carbon footprint of your air travel.
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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Washington Watch
2008 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Paul, Tancredo, and Hunter Have No Environmental Positions

Makes Our Job Easier, This Article Shorter


Not much going on in Washington. Some political loser won the Nobel Peace Prize. That vote doesn't even have an Electoral College, apparently. Still waiting for the House and Senate to decide how to resolve their differences on the energy bill.

So, while we're waiting, your Kicking Asphalt staff took it upon itself to provide you with the environmental positions of each of the Presidential Candidates. We're sure there there's a Nobel Prize winning idea here....somewhere.

(NOTE: When bullets are used to list the details of a candidate's policies, this generally reflects the use of bullets on the candidate's web site.)

Joe Biden (D): Biden's plans to address climate change and our dependence on foreign oil are among the most comprehensive of all the candidates. His proposals include (but aren't limited to):

- Raising fuel economy standards by 1 mile per gallon more each year
- Requiring major gas stations to sell alternative fuels
- Making federal buildings 30% more efficient over the next ten years
- Requiring that new vehicles be flex-fuel vehicles
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 by imposing a cap and trade system

Learn more on his website: www.joebiden.com/climate_plan and www.joebiden.com/issues.

Sam Brownback (R): Brownback doesn't mention "climate change" or "environment" in the "issues" section of his website, but he does talk about energy. He co-sponsored the DRIVE Act, which aims to reduce oil consumption by focusing on new technologies and increased usage of renewable fuels.

Learn more on his website: www.brownback.com

Click here to read about all the candidates.
More 'Washington Watch' in Kicking Asphalt and Driving Change
- California's Waiver Request Turns Into a Soap Opera
- President Bush Finally Admits that Global Warming Exists!

BWC Alternative Fuel Report
Diesel Prices Rise as the Mercury Drops
Gas and E85 Prices Go Down


Fuel
Type

West
Coast

Rocky
Mtn.

Mid
West

Gulf
Coast

New
England

Mid
Atlantic

South

U.S.

Gasoline

2.98

2.80

2.74

2.64

2.72

2.74

2.73

2.76

Diesel

3.23

3.17

3.03

2.94

3.12

3.13

2.97

3.08


Winter is bringing higher prices for both petroleum-based diesel and biodiesel. Over the last two weeks, national price averages for B99 Biodiesel, B20 Biodiesel, and Petro Diesel rose $0.05, $0.06, and $0.01, respectively. Gas and E85 Ethanol averages dipped $0.02 and $0.04, respectively.

Regionally, biodiesel prices jumped most dramatically in the West Coast and Western regions. E85 had its largest price drops in the Midwest, Northeast, and South.

Fuel
Type

West
Coast

West

Mid
West

North
East

South

U.S.

BioDiesel
B20

3.43

3.16

3.12

3.11

2.96

3.16

BioDiesel
B99

3.41

3.39

3.37

2.99

3.19

3.27

Ethanol
85

2.69

2.21

2.17

2.76

2.37

2.44




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 ( putting together montages of musical highlights from the show "Love Boat", etc.), or you can feed your fetish by checking out BWC's previous Alternative Fuel Report "Petroleum Diesel Prices Are Up and Vin Diesel's Career Is Down. Is There a Connection?" as published in the October 5th issue of 'Kicking Asphalt'.




BWC High-Mileage Review
The Toyota CorollaFlower Power:

The Toyota Corolla

According to the American Heritage Science Dictionary, a "Corolla" is defined as "the petals of a flower considered as a group or unit". This is very appropriate, considering the Toyota Corolla was first introduced to US consumers in the groovy year of 1968. When it launched it wasn't associated with the hippie movement, but it really should have been. Think about it: its great fuel efficiency meant it loved Mother Earth, and its small size brought people together - literally - because if you wanted to fit more than four members of your commune in the car you had to sit on each others' laps.

Fast-forward forty years, and the Corolla continues to sell well as an inexpensive, fuel-efficient car. In fact, it's the bestselling car in the world, with over 30 million units sold as of 2007. Complete Story

Recall Information
September Recalls

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

Big Dog / Blue Bird / Bunk House / Cache Camper / Carriage / Champion / Country Coach / Cruiser RV / DaimlerChrysler / Dodgen / Double Duty RV Conversions / Doubletree RV / Ducati / Dynamax / Ervin Equipment / Ford / Forks RV / Franklin / Freightliner / GM / Great Dane / High Tech / Honda / Horton / International / J&S Custom Trailers / Keystone RV / Kingsley Coach / Lance Camper / LDV / Mack Trucks / Monaco / National RV / Nissan / Paccar / Rexhall / Rolling Thunder Conversions / Shook Mobile / Snowhauler / Starcraft RV / S&S / Steele Quality / Suzuki / Transport Designs / Travel Supreme / Triumph / Vintage Trailers / Volvo / VW / Wilson Trailers / Winnebago

Lemon Information
2007 Ford F-150The 2007 Ford F-150

Better World Club's "Lemon Information" highlights consumer complaints from a different car model each month. We are not editorializing or claiming that these cars are necessarily lemons. Instead, we are merely providing information and ask readers to form their own opinions.

Component: Steering
Complaint: In wet weather, the truck has lost control on multiple occasions. Two separate dealers have been unable to determine the cause of failure. Complete List of 2007 Ford F-150 consumer complaints.

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