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How many cars will you own over a lifetime: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
8, 9, 10 or more? (8 - 10 is the US average) At what cost?
Personnally, Socially, Environmentally? Mere average auto costs over a lifetime may exceed $500,000, not including the high costs of environmental health concerns, or the costs to maintain military services in far-flung places to protect corporate petrolium interests.

(August 2004) The National Highway Transportation Safety Adminisraion and the Insurance Institute recently reported that SUVs continue to be a rollover risk (as much as 30 percent more likely to rollover in single vehicles accidents), and continue to statistically result in more dealths than accidents involving non-SUV vehicles. This may not be surprizing. It has been suggested that drivers of SUVs may feel safer even though typical SUVs are merely smaller trucks and are exempt from many of the vehicle safety requirements of regular passenger vehicles. They are also exempt from many of the fuel effeciency requirements of regular passenger vehicles too.

(July/Aug 2005) The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday finally released its long overdue 2005 fuel economy report ranking Ford cars, trucks and SUVs as having the lowest gas mileage of any automaker in America while General Motors, Honda and Toyota all posted slight gains in fuel efficiency. Go straight to the report:

See what the New York Times has to say: <>

Stop The CAR! Flyer
Help fight terrorism: Curb the car, drive less!
Practice random acts of carlessnesshood!
Curb the car.
Drive Less.
Go carless.
Car share.
Base mode choice on trip distance.
Buy down (smaller), and rent up (larger) as needed.
Devalue and pay less for automobiles. Negotiate mfr's take, too, & negotiate an "Environmental Impact Deduction" from the mfr's invoice.
Support auto alternatives for others, to help reduce gridlock.
Drive down the environmental, public health, and ownership and operation costs of the automobile-ification of America (now conservatively estimated at more than $450,000 to $500,000 or more over a lifetime for merely average automible ownership and operation -- much more for "luxury" pollution unit models).
Let your automobile manufacturer know how you feel about high fossil fuel emission vehicles polluting the air you and your family breathe.

Ford Motors, The American road, Dearborn, MI 48126
Daimler Chrysler,
1000 Chrysler Drive, Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2766
General Motors,
30009 Renaissance Center, POB 300, Detroit, MI 48265-3000
1919 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90501
19001 S. Western Avenue, Torrance, CA 90509

Let Ford Motors Company, et al., one of the most successful high-end SUV pollution unit sellers know how you feel about its high-octane efforts to dilute government regulations pertaining to automobile fuel emmission standards. You may want to ask how it is that auto manufactuers can rake in tens of thousands of dollars per pollution unit in profits and straight-facedly work to weaken clean air standards, claiming excessive costs would need to be passed along to the consumer. Mail your letters to : President/CEO, Ford Motors, The American road, Dearborn, MI 48126

More Auto Industry Contact Info for your convenience:

Bill Ford, Chairman and CEO
Ford Motor Company
Customer Relationship Center
P.O. Box 6248
Dearborn, MI 48126

Dieter Zetsche, CEO
Chrysler Corporation
PO Box 21-8004
Auburn Hills, MI 48321-8004

Rick Wagoner, President and CEO
General Motors Corporation
General Motors Headquarters
300 Renaissance Center
PO Box 300
Detroit, MI 48265-3000

The Detroit Project

What Would Jesus Drive?
Wait! Don't do it!
Don't buy that puny, unsafe SUV.
Wait for the all new and improved
Ford Ego, Super-Ego, and Carcinoma Value Combo."
It pollutes more, but is easier to park.
Do you really want a less pollutable, harder to park vehicular behemouth?

Why what you and what others drive may really matter - especially if you have respiratory or lung disease or hope to avoid it:

You may have heard about the study done recently on bridge toll takers. The sperm of male bridge toll takes who are subject to high concentrations of automobile exhaust was less motile (more lethargic) than was the sperm of a control group of males. The effects of auto polluted air is pretty well documented and understood by the responsible scientific community.

If you drive in congested urban or commute traffic, and unless you can shut out exterior air from being drawn into your vehicle by recycling interior air (crack a window anyway to avoid the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning), you may be concentrating polluted road air inside your vehicle. This is especially possible when the air conditioner, the air fan, or heater are operating in vehicles not equiped with an exterior air excluder or interior air recycling switch. Consider the recycle-interior-air switch option if it's available when buying new vehicles, especially if lung or respiratory health is a concern to your or your family. And, make sure that your auto maker knows that you want cleaner air vehicles for a cleaner air future.

Auto Consumer Book List flyer
AutoBuyology flyer
US Senate Approved Soccer Mom SUV flyer
Earth On Empty Web Site
Sierra Club's Detroit Clean Car / Oil Freedom Campaign (Ford Motors)
NRDC's Clean Car Oil Freedom Campaign (General Motors)
Don't Be Fueled

Project Bio Bus
Colorado University Bio Diesel Project
VW Lupo Available In Europe 70-90 MPG
SUV Info From Friends of the Earth
SUVs Suck

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