February 8, 2001
The "Green Book,
The Environmental Guide to Cars and Trucks"
The book's "green scores" are presented on
a numerical scale of zero
to 100, with higher scores being assigned to
more environmentally friendly vehicles.
A vehicle's composite "green score" is
comprised of a number of factors,
including fuel economy figures, annual fuel
costs, tailpipe emissions, health impacts,
and impacts on global warming.
VISIT THE CLEANCAR CAMPAIGN AT:
My other site has a load of links on
aircare and transport alternatives,you
will find the cleancar campaign there
MY elaunceston site has good aircare links
"CALIFORNIA'S ENERGY CRISIS"
FACT: There are 34 million people
and 15 million households.
FACT: If every household in
California replaced 4 (average 100 watt)
incandescent light bulbs with
4 (equivalent 27 watt) compact
fluorescent light bulbs, burning
on average 5 hours per day,
they would save 22 gWh per day -
or enough energy saved to shut down
17 power plants.
FACT: If every household in California
replaced 1 average-flow showerhead with
an energy saving showerhead they would
save 1.3 kwh per day per household or
19.2 gWh per day - or enough energy saved
to shut down another 15 power plants.
FACT: If every household in California
installed a solar hot water heater which
saves 5.8 kwh/day, they would cumulatively
save 87 gWh/day - or enough energy saved
to shut down another 67 power plants.
CONCLUSION: These very simple conservation
measures would enable the State of California
to shut down 100 average sized power plants
out of the 1,000 they currently have, or better
yet, leave them running and eliminate any need
to construct new ones for years! For a mere
cost of $135 million, the state could
pretty much solve this "crisis!"
ABOUT IMPROVING LOCAL AIR
USE PRIVATE MOTOR VEHICLES
The Honda Civic GX recently came
best in a survey to determine
cars have the least environmental
impact,to find out
which cars are the worst for the
environment,check out the results
Use public transport(METRO)
note Metro buses in in all
Cities ,now allow the daytripper
to be used anytime after 9-00
buy the ticket
after 9-00 and travel all day on the
From the Environmental Defense
Organisation in the USA comes the
following information on moves to
Everyone can save money on fuel
help the environment with the
Commuter Choice program
authorized by the
Clinton administration. The
serves as an inexpensive fringe
offering incentives for not driving
alone to work.
It is very pleasing to see the new
trend to self propelled vehicles
i.e.scooters,these were previously
considered a toy,but the latest
styling of stainless steel,collapsible
scooters are being embraced by
older skateboarders young
girls,children of any age plus
business people zipping around
or their industrial plant.
WALKING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
RIDING ALONE IN MY AUTOMOBILE
The average American is spends about 36 hours a year in traffic, up from 11 hours in 1982, according to a study released May 2001 by the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University. Based on 1999 data, the most recent year for which such figures wereavailable, the report found that the average Los Angeles resident spent 56 hours a year in traffic; Seattle and Atlanta tied at 53 hours; Houston came in at 50 hours; Dallas and Washington, 46 hours;
Denver and Austin, 45 hours; St. Louis, 44 hours; and Miami, 42 hours. Trips in the car during rush-hour traffic took fully twice as long in Los Angeles as those during non-rush-hour traffic. The study said that 6.8 billion gallons of gasoline were wasted in traffic in 1999.
straight to the source: CNN.com, Natalie Pawelski, 07 May 2001
Despite the five-month waiting list for Toyota Priuses in the U.S.,Toyota has no plans to boost production numbers for its four-door gas-electric hybrid, which gets between 45 and 52 miles per gallon of gasoline. Toyota and Honda (its two-door Insight rates between 61 and 68 mpg) are planning to build fewer than 20,000 hybrid cars for sale this year in the U.S., where 17 million vehicles were sold last
year. Although hybrid cars won't be competing with SUV sales anytime soon, some celebrities and politicians have flocked to them (Leonardo DiCaprio has two!). General Motors, Ford, and Daimler Chrysler say they will begin selling hybrid SUVs in 2003. Meanwhile, the world's first sports car running on rotting vegetables -- 220 pounds of the stuff powers the car for 62 miles -- is on tour at motor shows around