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Green Your Transportation

Tell Ford and GM to Build More Efficient Cars. Climate scientists tell us we need to move our average fuel economy to 40 mpg by 2010 to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. We can do this, but American automakers need a push.

Drive less. Carpool, walk, bike, or use trains, buses, and other public transportation. When you do drive, combine errands for fewer trips. Leave a bike at the office. If it’s too far to bike to work, leave a bike at the office for errands during the day.

If you buy a car, consider an electric or hybrid vehicle, which can create less pollution.

Consider sharing a car rather than owning one, or renting one only when necessary. Support legislation for bike paths and public transportation.

Keep your car as long as possible. Choose long-life tires, batteries, and other parts. Keep your car well-tuned—it will use less gas and produce fewer emissions.

Buy retread tires. Americans dispose of hundreds of millions of tires every year; retreads keep them out of landfills.

Recycle your car oil and car parts. Encourage your local garage to accept used oil and other car recyclables: tires, batteries, etc.

If your car is air-conditioned, make sure the shop you patronize recycles freon.

Minimize your air travel. If you must fly, offset your CO2 emissions by purchasing green tags (a commodity representing the environmental benefits of a renewable energy facility).

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