September 20, 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












Circle Back Music: Reduce, Reuse, and Rock Out

BWC Members Receive a 10% Discount On Circle Back Music and Merchandise

We're big fans of Nashville-based Circle Back Music. Circle Back not only produces and markets music in an environmentally friendly way, but much more importantly, CBM Head Honcho Kelly McCartney is a member of Better World Club (Note To Kelly: We see that you just renewed your membership. Good job!).

Circle Back Music is a socially responsible, non-corporate, cutting-edge music project that provides independent artist support. Complete Story.

Use the exclusive Better World Club Discount Code "BWC07" and receive 10% off purchases through the Circle Back Music website.

More BWC Member Discounts:

- Member Specials featured previously in 'Kicking Asphalt'
- Eco-Travel Discounts
- Eco-Lodging Discounts
- Various Member Discounts
Gas-Saving Tips
When Deciding Whether Or Not It's Time To Change A Filter You Should "Air" On The Side Of Caution

- Change your engine's air filter at least as often as the manufacturer recommends. Swapping out a dirty or clogged air filter can improve your fuel efficiency by up to 10%. Complete Story.
Top Story
MASSACHUSETTS MAY CHANGE AUTO INSURANCE REGS

SHOULD ANYONE ELSE CARE?

YES, THE DESIRE FOR UNIVERSAL INSURANCE CHANGES EVERYTHING

by Mitch Rofsky, President, Better World Club

The Democrats recently took over the Massachusetts state government. What's the first thing they do? Why, adopt an auto insurance plan generated by the prior Republican administration, of course.

Admirable bi-partisanship? A demonstration that the proper policy is still the proper policy regardless of the party who initiates it?

Desirable answers both. However, that doesn't mean that they are correct.

The Romney plan to establish a more competitive auto insurance market sounds nice, but the Patrick Administration is not only approving questionable auto insurance procedures, it is also creating a precedent that may come back to haunt anyone interested in universal health insurance. Complete Story.

Read Last Issue's Top Story:

- When It Comes to Carbon Offsets, We Need You To Be More Calculating: Better World Club Provides First One-Stop Location For All Travel Needs-and the Fight to Reduce Global Warming
TravelCool
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Try Our Spiffy Multi-Purpose Booking Engine




TravelCool Website of the Month
Download Yapta and track airline flights that you would like to take. Yapta will alert you when prices on tickets drop. Not only that, Yapta continues to track prices even after you buy a ticket. Did you know you could get a refund or travel credit when prices drop after you've bought a ticket? The airlines offer this policy only if you buy on the airline website. Yapta alerts people when prices drop so they can get these refunds and credits from the airlines. Learn more at www.yapta.com

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.

Special Events
The Great Turning: Education, Leadership and Activism for a Life Sustaining Civilization

Learn more about this event sponsored by Audubon Expedition Institute of Lesley University, taking place October 17-20, 2007 at the Geneva Point Conference Center in Moultonboro, NH.
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
Vermont Court Victory A Blow To Automakers, But This Trip Is Far From Over

States Continue Down the Long Road Toward Setting Their Own CAFE Standards

If We Got the Same Amount of Mileage Out of Our Cars as We've Gotten Out of this Story, We'd Already Be Off of Foreign Oil

Better World Club has been part of this story since 2002. For the sake of brevity, we'll give you a very quick recap: In 2002, Better World supported a California law that required automakers to reduce their cars' emissions by 30% by 2016. Since then, 14 other states have adopted the California standards. BWC was on the Oregon task force which helped develop the regulations controlling auto emissions in that state (AAA did not take a stand on the issue).

Meanwhile, the EPA has refused to rule on whether states are allowed to set their own standards, and the automakers have been suing everybody.

Make sense? No? That's okay. The latest development marks a victory for the states and life on planet Earth as we know it: Vermont U.S. District Judge William K. Sessions found that automakers had failed to prove that they could not meet the standards, that the standards would endanger drivers, and that Congress had forbidden states from setting their own fuel economy rules. Complete Story.
More Washington Watch in Kicking Asphalt and Driving Change:
- The EPA Is Encouraging Farmers To Pollute To Study The Effects Of Animal Feces On The Environment
- The Ice Caps Melt While Emissions Policies Remain Frozen
- Number of Environmental Cops Decreasing

BWC Alternative Fuel Report

Fuel
Type

West
Coast

Rocky
Mtn.

Mid
West

Gulf
Coast

New
England

Mid
Atlantic

South

U.S.

Gasoline

2.86

2.82

2.86

2.68

2.72

2.73

2.74

2.77

Diesel

3.00

2.97

2.98

2.90

3.03

3.05

2.92

2.98



Great News! Runny Noses, Miserable Weather, and Fruitcake Aren't the Only Things To Look Forward to This Winter!


Fuel
Type

West
Coast

West

Mid
West

North
East

South

U.S.

BioDiesel
B20

3.24

2.98

3.09

3.08

2.88

3.05

BioDiesel
B99

3.39

3.29

3.13

3.35

3.21

3.27

Ethanol
85

2.57

2.28

2.43

2.76

2.43

2.49




OPEC recently announced that it would increase its output by 500,000 barrels a day. This might normally mean that oil prices would fall. However, with winter bringing increased demand, traders are anticipating that stockpiles will continue to decrease. This means that despite increased production, gas and diesel retail prices should rise over the next few weeks...and perhaps longer.

Diesel prices are up $0.06 since the last report. Biodiesel prices have also risen – B20 and B99 both inched up $0.05. Gas and E85 Ethanol prices are down, however, $0.13 and $0.24, respectively.

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 (saving the cheerleader and thereby saving the world, etc.) or you can feed your fetish by checking out BWC's previous Alternative Fuel Report ‘The Same Old Song And Dance: Gas Prices are Down; Diesel and Biodiesel Prices are Up' as published in the August 31st issue of ‘Kicking Asphalt'.

BWC High-Mileage Review
The Nissan AltimaA Car With Seoul

The Hyundai Accent: A Little Car From Korea That's Slowly Catching Up To Its Japanese Competition

It was only about 40 years ago or so that Americans used to look down at the junky transistor radios and other poor-quality gadgets that came out of Japan. An American wouldn't even dream of driving a Japanese car back then.

Today, Japanese cars dominate the high-mileage passenger car class, but Hyundai is right there, nipping at their heels. Known initially for the affordability of its cars, Hyundai invested large amounts of time and money into their product line in the late 1990s to upgrade their brand. As a result, Hyundai is producing some great cars that are both affordable and fuel-efficient. One of these is the Hyundai Accent. Complete Story.

Recall Information
June Recalls

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

Alfa Leisure / American LaFrance / Blue Bird / Country Coach / DaimlerChrysler / Eldorado National - California / Ford / Forest River / Freightliner / Gillig / Glendale RV / GM / Harsco / International / Kalmar / Kawasaki / Keystone RV / Komfort / KTM / Mercedes-Benz / Mitsubishi Fuso / National RV / New Flyer / Nissan / Oshkosh / Paccar / Piaggo / Spartan / Suzuki / Thor / Volvo / VW / Wood Manufacturing / Workhorse

Lemon Information
The 2007 Toyota Corolla

Component: SEATS
Summary: DRIVER SEAT MOVES FORWARD APPROXIMATELY 1/8 INCH, DEALER REPLACED SEAT ASSEMBLY, PROBLEM REMAINS, CHECKED OTHER NEW CARS ON THE DEALER LOT, ALL CARS OF SAME MODEL HAD MOVEMENT OF DRIVERS SEAT TO DIFFERENT DEGREES. Complete List of 2007 Toyota Corolla consumer complaints.

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