March 25, 2009
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BWC Member Specials
- Most Recent 'Kicking Asphalt: Member Payola Edition'
- Member Specials featured previously in 'Kicking Asphalt'
- Eco-Travel Discounts
- Eco-Lodging Discounts
- Various Member Discounts

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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
Bust a Cap in That Gas

You know how sometimes when you're gassing up your car and you're not paying attention because you're trying to light a cigarette while topping off your tank then you accidentally forget to screw your gas cap back on and leave it behind?

Don't use a rag, washcloth, or small marsupial as a long-term substitute for a cap. Go out and buy a new one right away. Driving without a gas cap is dangerous and will cause excessive fuel loss from evaporation.
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Save Up To 100% Off Your Next Renewal By Encouraging Your Friends To Join Better World Club!

After All, You've Given Your Friends So Much. Isn't It Time They Gave Back?

(That's Right, Scott Zelenka of Portland, OR. We're Still Waiting for You to Return Our Hedge Trimmers)


Better World Club members are attractive, intelligent, extremely hygenic, model citizens. Isn't it a shame that more people can't be like them? It's not just a dream. You can make it happen! Here's how:

Each time a BWC member persuades a friend, family member, cellmate (Ed. note: we mean the phone, I think), to join, that member will receive 25% off his or her next renewal. Refer four new members, and you'll receive 100% off your next renewal!

The process is so simple, even a global warming denier can do it! For now, just call Customer Service when you're ready to renew your membership. (Soon, you won't even have to call Customer Service: the discount will be automatically applied when you renew on the Member Site.) New members who are referred by existing BWC members need simply to call or email us after they join and let us know who referred them. We'll take care of the rest.

We know what you're thinking: "Gosh, I'll refer all the guys from my court-ordered civics class and I'll have free renewals forever!" Sorry, these referrals don't apply "forever". Four referrals gets a member the maximum: 100% off their next renewal (although we are sure that our members aren't selfish enough to stop at four). The discount applies to the primary member's renewal fee. (What, your associates want to refer other associates? Sorry, it just makes the whole thing too complicated.)

So that's the referral program: 25% off your primary renewal fee for each referral, up to a free primary membership. Questions? Concerns? Just feel like chatting? Feel free to give us a call at 866-238-1137. (Ed. note: just learned that "cellmate" didn't refer to phones. Uh-oh.)

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- Travelers Checks are So 20th Century
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Ashland CarShare is the Latest CarSharing Fleet to be Covered by Better World Club

ACS is in Good Company - We Provide Roadside Assistance for CarShare Fleets All Across the Country

Better World Club is proud to provide fleet roadside assistance to Ashland, OR-based Ashland CarShare. Ashland CarShare is a grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the environmental integrity of local and global communities by promoting carsharing and other healthy transportation choices.

Check out Ashland CarShare's website to learn more: www.ashlandcarshare.org.

Do you need fleet roadside assistance coverage? Learn more about our fleet program at our fleet roadside assistance page.
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Washington Watch
Don't Give the Big 3 Automakers Federal Money, Give It To U.S. Consumers As A Warranty

But What do We Know? After All, We've Been Advising Automakers to Build Smaller, More Fuel-Efficient Cars for the Past Six Years

The Big 3 Automakers reject bankruptcy, warning that consumers will not want to buy new cars from bankrupt automakers for fear that repairs would not be forthcoming.

Fair enough. So, what if the government guaranteed warranties for car buyers? The federal government, through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), has been guaranteeing bank deposits since 1933. It could do the same with auto warranties. This, in fact, should cost the government far, far less money than continually throwing bailout billions at Detroit.

With the Big 3's sales dropping by 50% (from over 7 million units toward 3 million), we're looking at less than $1.5 billion annually for these warranties. Five years of these warranties on every car sold would be less than $8 billion, while GM alone is looking to receive more than $30 billion. And, at some point, the car companies should be recovered enough to pick up--or drop--this expense.

It's hard to see how GM, and perhaps Chrysler, can succeed without bankruptcy. Much attention has been focused on their labor union relationships, but auto manufacturers... Complete Story | Comment
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- You Had Us at "Set Public Hearings on California Emissions Standards"
TravelCool! Website of the Month

Complete, verified, daily updated biodiesel stations and directions from your cell phone! Check it out: www.NearBio.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.

BWC Alternative Fuel Report
The Cabal of Dutch-Descended, Left-Handed, Southern Baptist Postal Workers who Secretly Run the World Continue to Allow Fuel Prices to Drop

Brothers and Sisters! We Must Rise Up Against These South-Pawed Oppressors and Revolt! We Must...

Sorry About That. Our Former eNewsletter Editor was Just Kidding. Your Elected Officials are Running the World, Not a Secret Cabal. Just Go About Your Daily Business and Forget You Ever Read This.

Or Else.


Fuel
Type

West
Coast

Rocky
Mtn.

Mid
West

Gulf
Coast

New
England

Mid
Atlantic

South

U.S.

Gasoline

2.13

1.82

1.85

1.81

1.91

1.93

1.89

1.91

Diesel

2.09

1.99

1.97

1.97

2.40

2.25

2.00

2.10


Regionally, alternative fuel prices have dipped in all regions except the Northeast. Nationally, gas prices have remained the same, and petroleum-based diesel prices have dipped $0.19 since our last report.





Fuel
Type

West
Coast

West

Mid
West

North
East

South

U.S.

BioDiesel
B20

2.80

2.45

2.18

3.37

1.89

2.54

BioDiesel
B99

3.47

3.39

N/A

N/A

2.99

3.28

Ethanol
E85

2.17

1.98

1.77

1.94

1.89

1.95

CNG

1.80

1.59

1.81

2.01

1.54

1.75




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 (Like helping Rihanna find a new boyfriend--perhaps (hint) an eNewsletter editor?), or you can feed your fetish by checking out BWC's previous Alternative Fuel Report, "Eureka! Diesel Prices Drop Like a Naked Greek Scholar Sliding Into a Bathtub...", published in the February 12th issue of 'Kicking Asphalt'.

BWC High-Mileage Review
fus·ion hy·brid [fyoo-zhuhn hahy-brid]

–noun

1. the act or process of fusing the hitherto-contradictory concepts of "Ford Motor Company" and "cutting-edge environmental technology".

Yes, Toyota and Honda have been producing mainstream hybrid electric vehicles for years now, and much has been written about GM's upcoming Volt. Now and seemingly out of nowhere, Ford has shown itself to be a high-mileage player with its upcoming Fusion Hybrid.
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Recall Information
February 2009 Recalls

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

Bentley / Chrysler / Ferrari / Ford / GM / Honda / Kawasaki / Mazda / Mobility / Piaggio /

Lemon Information
The 2009 Hyundai Sonata

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:Door Locks
Consequence:All the doors automatically unlock when the car is placed in park. This is an intentional design feature that cannot be deactivated or changed by dealers.

Complete List of 2009 Hyundai Sonata consumer complaints.

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