Green News: Heard the one about the Hummer ‘Mileage Maximizer’?

For everything you do, there’s a green choice that’s good for you AND the environment. Here, you’ll find information about how people, companies and organizations are embracing “GREEN TECHNOLOGY” and discovering environmentally responsible alternatives to older technology.

Heard the one about the Hummer “Mileage Maximizer”? This is an add-on product just for Hummers that helps owners get 25 miles per gallon (according to the ads). Do I hear a guffaw out there?

How about a “Carbon Offset Impact Tax” for Hummers and other vehicles burning too much gasoline? The money collected could be put in a fund for companies investigating hydrogen and other alternative fuels. Some folks wonder if we can put men on the moon, why we can’t solve this problem.

Maybe there is another way? Watch for the launch of DaimlerChrysler AG’s two-seater “SmartForTwo” mini-car in early 2008. According to PLANET ARK (world Environment News) these little autos get an average of 40 miles per gallon. The cars will be imported from France. Overseas travelers may have seen them whizzing around Paris, Rome and other European cities in the last few years.

Want to strike a chord somewhere in between? According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, there are tax credits available for energy conscious automobile purchasers. You could receive a tax credit with your next new car—check it out at

But if you still have many miles to go before purchasing your next car, make certain you are getting the highest miles possible. According to the makers of An Inconvenient Truth, even slightly deflated tires will increase gas usage. So pump up those tires! If you are going to keep driving that carbon emitter, make sure you turn your engine off when waiting to pick up the kids, or while your spouse “just runs in for a few things.” Your parents were wrong—idling longer than 10 seconds in park uses more gas than restarting the car.

From the Nov.8-14, 2006, issue

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