Re: [Elm City Cycling] If you have to drive...
- Also, roof racks are well known to lower your gas mileage. I have
always used trunk or hitch racks.
Trunk racks are relatively cheap and easy to install, but they can
scratch your trunk if you are not careful.
I use a hitch rack on my Honda Accord. There was an after-market
hitch which was easy to install and the rack I use, Sportworks, is the
easier to put and take off bikes.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, corinna.anderson@y... wrote:
> Go Honda Civic! Go veggie diesel! Go by bike!
> I agree. Hybrid SUVs are a sneaky cynical way to pretend, and car
> companies are
> avoiding the efficiency they have the technology for.
> Too bad we don't get the Smart Car http://www.smartcar.com
> Oh, also under the heading "If you have to drive" - I just remembered
> the way to buy emissions credits for the pollution from your car - also
> holiday gifts for SUV-driving relatives. There are way too many of these
> pollution credits out there, but the more people buy, the fewer are
> bigger pollutors... http://www.terrapass.com/
> ---Here's a CNN article about TerraPass:
> So long to gas guzzler guilt - Company allows drivers to pay for the
> produce, then reduces it from other sources.
> June 21, 2005; Posted: 12:16 p.m. EDT (1616 GMT)
> By Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN/Money staff writer
> NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - For $160 you can turn a Hummer H2 into a
> vehicle. No tools or mechanical ability are required.
> That's the promise of a California company called TerraPass. It would
> cost less,
> of course, to turn a Chevrolet Cobalt into zero-emissions vehicle.
> only be about $40.
> The idea is the latest implementation in the trading of "pollution
> Those are the market-based innovations, introduced a few years ago,
> which allow
> smoke-spewing companies to buy and sell the right to emit certain
> pollutants into the air.
> The stickers TerraPass sends its customers do nothing to stop
> coming out of a car's tailpipe. Instead, the company offers its
> chance to reduce pollutants from other sources, like power plants, in
> an amount
> equivalent to that produced by their car.
> That way, you can drive your car while having no net effect on the
> pollution in the air, the company says.
> The company started as a class project at the University of
> Wharton School, said Tom Arnold, TerraPass's chief environmental
> sole full-time employee.
> He also has three students working for the company and a
> The company is a for-profit enterprise, but caps its profits at a
> maximum of 10
> percent of revenues.
> Those revenues so far, Arnold says, are "itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny."
> started selling TerraPasses in November and had sold about 620 as of
> last week.
> If you buy a TerraPass, the money will be used to purchase smog
> the Chicago Climate Exchange. The Climate Exchange allows polluting
> that produce less than a certain amount of airborne pollutants to
> to other companies that then allow them to go over the limit.
> The overall limits are reduced over time making it more costly to
> Organizations and companies that buy pollution credits reduce the
> supply of credits and also make it more costly for companies to
> TerraPass also invests buyers' money in power-generating wind farms
> projects that reduce air pollution.
> Since car drivers are under no legal compulsion to try to compensate
> tailpipe emissions, the TerraPass will only appeal to those who feel
> some guilt
> about their driving, and want to do something about it.
> Not surprisingly, few SUV drivers have been buying them. Most have
> owners of fuel-efficient cars that produce relatively few pollutants.
> That initially surprised Arnold.
> "We fully expected to target SUV drivers with SUV guilt," he said.
> doesn't exist"
> Instead, he's been travelling to environmental fairs pitching the idea
> to those
> who, for the most part, drive fuel efficient small cars and
> gas/electric hybrid
> "Environmentalists have a very conflicted relationship with their
> As for himself, Arnold doesn't own a car. He commutes to work by