June 25, 2008
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IN THIS ISSUE
BWC Member Specials

More BWC Member Discounts

Top Story

Partners

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Washington Watch

More 'Washington Watch'
BWC Member Specials
Better World Club Members Receive a 20% Discount on Stays at the Sierra Club's "Clair Tappaan Lodge"


BWC Members Can Read Smart HomeOwner Magazine for FREE!


BWC Members Can Receive a FREE Issue of Yes! Magazine


BWC Members Receive a 15% Discount with Simply Hybrid Rent A Car System
More BWC Member Discounts
- Member Specials featured previously in 'Kicking Asphalt'
- Eco-Travel Discounts
- Eco-Lodging Discounts
- Various Member Discounts

TravelCool Website of the Month

Once You've Had Your Same-Sex Marriage, You'll Need a Same-Sex Honeymoon!

PlanetOut.com has a great travel section that can help you find gay-friendly honeymoon options all over the world.

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.
Top Story
Guess Who's the #1 Insurance Agency in Cambridge?

We'll Give You a Hint: It's Better World Club (i.e., American Consumer Insurance to you Massachusetts residents.)

The Community Newspaper Company publishes the Readers Choice Awards each year to identify the best restaurants, retailers, and, yes, insurance agencies in the Boston Metro Area. This year, Better World Club's American Consumer Insurance Agency was selected as the Best Insurance Agency in Cambridge, MA. This is the third year in a row that Better World Club Insurance has received this honor. For the overall Boston region, BWC was awarded a silver medal (2nd place) in 2008, as was the case in 2007. In 2006 we were awarded the Gold (1st place). Complete Story


In Honor of Court Ruling, BWC Offers Gay Couples who Marry Free Memberships

Here's a Wedding Present Because We Didn't Think You'd Ever Get Married!.

Gay couples who marry this summer can drive off with something more than just a marriage certificate: a free membership from Better World Club. "It's our wedding gift to them," announced Better World Club, the only auto/roadside assistance club dedicated to preserving the environment. Complete Story

Read Last Issue's Top Story:

- Owners of Electric Vehicles Now Eligible for Discount on New Membership!
Partners


VehicleTopia Can Get You The Best Deal on Your Ideal Car

BWC is proud to partner with VehicleTopia. VehicleTopia can save you hundreds - perhaps thousands - of dollars on your new or pre-owned vehicle purchase/lease. 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
With All Due Respect to Sammy Hagar, You Can Drive 55

(If You Want to Save Gas)

Complete Story
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Washington Watch
CAN WE HAVE $2.50 GASOLINE WHEN OIL SELLS AT OVER $130 PER BARREL?

COME ON, YOU KNOW THE ANSWER: NO!

AND IT STILL DOESN'T REFLECT ITS REAL COST--THE ECONOMICS OF OIL


At the same time that a barrel of crude oil is selling at over $130.00 per barrel, commentators act surprised that oil is hitting $4.00 per gallon.

But this makes no sense. To understand why, you need to understand the relationship between a gallon of gasoline and the price of crude.

There are 42 gallons in a barrel of oil. But only about 50% of a barrel ends up as gasoline. (Another six gallons of other stuff is then added during the refining process.) Complete Story
More 'Washington Watch' in Kicking Asphalt and Driving Change
- Wow! The California Waiver Soap Opera Just Got Soap-Oprier!
- Liquor Lobby Declares Being A Little Drunk: An American "Tradition".

Special Events
Walk Like MADD 2008

Walk Like MADD, MADD's signature walk, is a fun, community-driven 5K walk that raises funds and saves lives. Every step taken and pledge made will help raise funds and awareness for MADD's programs and services that will serve to make our communities safer. Click here to learn more.


Cyclist To Ride 100 Miles a Day to Halt Global Warming

On June 27th, 2008 Better World Club Bicycle Roadside Assistance member Sam Markewich will commence the Excellence Ride. Complete Story

BWC Alternative Fuel Report
Sky-High Fuel Prices Make for Non-Bedfellows

Even the Nevada Brothel Industry is Feeling the Pinch!

What's Next, the Oil Industry? Oh, That's Right. They're Still Making Record Profits. Never Mind. Maybe They Can Bail Out the Nevada Brothel Industry.


Fuel
Type

West
Coast

Rocky
Mtn.

Mid
West

Gulf
Coast

New
England

Mid
Atlantic

South

U.S.

Gasoline

4.45

3.99

4.00

3.94

4.13

4.10

3.99

4.09

Diesel

4.85

4.69

4.62

4.66

4.85

4.87

4.69

4.75


Over the last month, national price averages for B99 Biodiesel, B20 Biodiesel, and Petro Diesel have soared $0.19, $0.39, and $0.54, respectively. Gas and E85 Ethanol averages jumped $0.49 and $0.22, respectively.

Regionally, the least egregious increase in prices has been E85 in the Mid West and West Regions: prices "only" rose $0.12 and $0.08, respectively.


Fuel
Type

West
Coast

West

Mid
West

North
East

South

U.S.

BioDiesel
B20

4.96

4.71

4.79

4.76

4.68

4.78

BioDiesel
B99

5.29

4.64

4.85

4.96

4.75

4.90

Ethanol
85

3.59

2.99

3.11

3.66

3.49

3.37




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 (winning the support of working-class white voters, etc.), or you can feed your fetish by checking out BWC's previous Alternative Fuel Report, "It's Not Too Late to Buy a Bicycle, You Know" as published in the May 9th issue of 'Kicking Asphalt'.


BWC High-Mileage Review
Matching Spandex Pants Not IncludedThe Zap Xebra:

The All-Electric Vehicle with Its Own Distinct Personality


Ya Think the Guys from Stryper Drive this Car?

The all-electric Zap Xebra is kind of like Christian heavy metal music: either you really love it or you really hate it. Zero emissions, a fill-up cost of as little as 35 cents, and a price tag of $11,700 are all great. These positives, however, are offset by sometimes shoddy workmanship, top speed and range that fall below manufacturer claims, and a low safety rating. Complete Story

Recall Information
May 2008 Recalls

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

Bentley / Chrysler / Ferrari / Ford / GM / Kawasaki / Mitsubishi / Volkswagen / Volvo

Lemon Information
2008 Chevy SilveradoThe 2008 Chevrolet Silverado

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: Brake failure
Consequence: Driving 15 mph, the brakes failed, causing the vehicle to run a red light and crash with another car in the intersection. The truck had 486 miles on it. Complete List of 2008 Chevrolet Silverado consumer complaints.

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