August 22 2008
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Washington Watch

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BWC Member Specials
Best Bookstore in U.S Joins Best Auto Club in U.S.

Save 7.5% Shopping Online for Books at Powells.com!

Better World Club has teamed up with the famous Powell's Books to offer its vast inventory of over 1,000,000 volumes at a discount to our members and visitors nationwide. Complete Story



Proper Auto Care and More

BWC Members Receive a 10% Discount on Car-Care Products, Tools, and Accessories!



La Anita Rainforest Ranch

BWC Members Receive a 10% Discount!

Click here to learn more about this eco-friendly Costa Rican getaway


Click Here to Read Smart HomeOwner Magazine!


More BWC Member Specials
- Member Specials featured previously in 'Kicking Asphalt'
- Eco-Travel Discounts
- Eco-Lodging Discounts
- Various Member Discounts
Top Story
Readers of 'Kicking Asphalt' Can Now Comment on the Stories They Read

Comment Suggestions: "Brilliant", "Funny", "Life-Changing", and "Didn't Make Me Want to Puke"

We've finally caved to both our need for positive reinforcement and our masochistic tendencies and have enabled 'Kicking Asphalt' readers to leave comments on KA stories.

Remember all those times you've thought to yourself, "How dare they offer me discounts on environmentally-themed children's books?" or "Tips on how to save gas? Not on my watch!"? Well, now you don't have to lock those opinions away in a place deep within you where they'll slowly burn until one day you flip out and attack the guy reading your electric meter. Complete Story


Better World Club Wins Co-op America's 2008 People's Choice Award!

Well, the Winner isn't Actually Decided Until this Fall, but We Will Win if all of our Intelligent and Good-Looking Members Vote for Us!

Everyone who Votes for BWC will Receive a Complimentary Tesla Roadster!*

Our good friends at Co-op America have started the nomination process for the 2008 People's Choice Award. Individuals (like you - hint, hint) can vote for their favorite green business. Thus, for example, one could nominate the company that makes their favorite organic oatmeal (boring!), or one could nominate the green company that saves them when they're stuck on the side of the road (great idea!). Complete Story

Read Last Issue's Top Story:

- BWC Members from MA are Eligible for a 13% Discount on Auto Insurance!
Partners

BWC is Proud to Partner with BetterWorld Telecom

Despite the Similar Company Names, We're Not Related

We Have, However, Been Trying to Swap BWC President Mitch Rofsky for BetterWorld Telecom's Office Coffee Machine and $75 Cash. So Far, They're Not Interested.

BetterWorld Telecom, LLC is the only nationwide, full-service voice and data telecommunications carrier focused on serving businesses and organizations that support social justice and sustainability. BetterWorld provides business-grade telecommunications solutions to thousands of customers in more than 40 states. Complete Story

Offset Your Carbon Emissions!
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.)

Gas-Saving Tips
Shifting to a Greener Attitude on Tire Ratings

As Americans try to squeeze every last mile out of a gallon of gasoline, one regulatory option hasn't been given much of a road test: telling consumers the fuel efficiency of their tires. Complete Story
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Washington Watch
Pelosi Wants to "Save The Earth"

Hmm...How About Wanting to "Save Our Economy and Defend Our Country and the Environment"?

We're all for Nancy Pelosi being attracted to the title of "Environmentalist-in-Chief" as reflected by her comment that she wants to "save the earth". But she must do a much better job of educating the American people that her desire to get off fossil fuels reflects concerns about the economy and national security as well as the environment. Complete Story


Energy Crisis Raises Questions:

Do Conservatives Believe In America?

When Everyone Wants to Be Prudent, Which Policy Is?

Should We "Drain America First"?


One of the many slanders exchanged by liberals and conservatives is that conservatives believe in America and liberals don't. Complete Story

Save up to 13% on Auto Insurance!

Save up to 13% on Your Insurance Premium. Click here to get a quote.
More 'Washington Watch' in Kicking Asphalt and Driving Change
- World Wildlife Fund Releases Environmental Scorecards for G8 Nations. Guess What Grade the US Got?
- Cheney's Office Pushed Purge Of Climate Change Testimony
- Drivers Aren't Getting their Kicks on Route 66

TravelCool Website of the Month
Airline Lost Your Luggage?

Better World Club can help. Check out our list of lost baggage contact info.

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.

BWC Alternative Fuel Report
The BWC Alt. Fuel Report Now Reporting Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Prices!

Fuel Prices Continue to Drop Overall


Fuel
Type

West
Coast

Rocky
Mtn.

Mid
West

Gulf
Coast

New
England

Mid
Atlantic

South

U.S.

Gasoline

3.98

3.89

3.71

3.60

3.73

3.73

3.67

3.76

Diesel

4.36

4.32

4.13

4.16

4.42

4.41

4.18

4.28


Nationally, prices fell over the last two weeks: B20 by $0.27, B99 by $0.12, E85 by $0.17, Gasoline by $0.23, and Diesel by a whopping $0.39.

Regionally, the most impressive price decreases occurred in the South. B20 and B99 plummeted $0.45 and $0.43, respectively.


Fuel
Type

West
Coast

West

Mid
West

North
East

South

U.S.

BioDiesel
B20

4.69

4.35

4.39

4.78

4.12

4.47

BioDiesel
B99

5.09

4.85

5.00

4.54

4.32

4.76

Ethanol
E85

3.49

2.96

3.01

3.33

3.14

3.19

CNG

2.88

2.63

2.08

2.98

2.89

2.69




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 ( taking advice from ninjas, etc.), or you can feed your fetish by checking out BWC's previous Alternative Fuel Report, "It's a Miracle! Like a Burning Bush, or the Seas Parting, or my Uncle Sasha Picking up a Check: Fuel Prices Going Down" as published in the July 31st issue of 'Kicking Asphalt'.


BWC High-Mileage Review
2.5 Children Not IncludedRemember When Families Drove Station Wagons Instead of SUVs?

Why Not Cart Your Brady Bunch Around in a 2008 Volkswagen Passat Wagon?

Many SUV owners will admit that their gas-guzzling behemoths aren't great for the environment but cite the need to own a vehicle that can haul their families around. Another option might be the Volkswagen Passat Wagon. While the Passat's 21/29 city/hwy MPG is nothing to write home about (though you should write home more - your mother misses you), it's an improvement over the vast majority of non-hybrid SUVs. Complete Story

Recall Information
July 2008 Recalls

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

Autocar / BMW / Chrysler / Ford / GM / Harley Davidson / Honda / Knapheide / Mercedes-Benz / Nissan / Piaggio / Sprinter / Triumph / Volvo / Wicked Women Choppers

Lemon Information
Thumbs Up?The 2008 Toyota Prius

Better World Club's "Lemon Information" highlights consumer complaints against 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: Fuel System
Consequence: The fuel gauge does not work and the driver cannot completely fill the gas tank due to a faulty fuel bladder. [NOTE: This same complaint was lodged by five different Prius owners.]

Complete List of 2008 Toyota Prius consumer complaints.

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