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Buy a Green Car (or at least a less mean one)

Buy a Green Car (or at least a less mean one)

More oil prices in the news. Bush went crawling off to the Saudis to beg for lower oil prices. Meanwhile, the energy bill passed in the house as a big sell out to traditional sources of energy (now is the time to google MTBE, a gasoline additive poisoning our waterways).

As American leaders take several steps backwards, American consumers are taking the lead on making smart choices by buying hybrid vehicles. Lists are out of the 12 Greenest and 12 Meanest vehicles for 2005, so if you are looking for a car, see if you can pick one that is one of the greenest. And what if you have a large family and really need a gas guzzler? At least avoid the 12 meanest. (You can also look up your car)

The Greenest
Make & Model
Specifications
Emission Standard
MPG: City
MPG: Hwy
Green Score
HONDA CIVIC GX
1.7L 4, auto CVT [CNG]
PZEV
30
34
57
HONDA INSIGHT
1.0L 3, auto CVT
SULEV II
57
56
56
TOYOTA PRIUS
1.5L 4, auto CVT
PZEV
60
51
53
HONDA CIVIC HYBRID
1.3L 4, auto CVT
PZEV
47
48
51
TOYOTA COROLLA
1.8L 4, manual
ULEV II
32
41
44
TOYOTA ECHO
1.5L 4, manual
Tier 2 bin 9
35
42
43
NISSAN SENTRA
1.8L 4, manual
PZEV
28
35
42
HONDA CIVIC HX
1.7L 4, manual
ULEV I
36
44
42
PONTIAC VIBE / TOYOTA MATRIX
1.8L 4, manual
ULEV II
30
36
41
MAZDA 3
2.0L 4, manual
PZEV
28
35
41
FORD ESCAPE HYBRID
2.3L 4, auto CVT
PZEV
36
31
40
FORD FOCUS / FOCUS WAGON
2.0L 4, manual
PZEV
26
35
40


The Meanest
Make & Model
Specifications
Emission Standard
MPG: City
MPG: Hwy
Green Score
DODGE RAM SRT10
8.3L 10, auto [P]
Tier 2 bin 10
9
12
11
FORD EXCURSION
5.4L 8, auto 4wd
Tier 2 bin 11
13
17
13
HUMMER H2
6.0L 8, auto 4wd
Tier 2 bin 11
13
17
13
MERCEDES-BENZ G55 AMG
5.4L 8, auto 4wd [P]
Tier 2 bin 10
12
14
13
LAMBORGHINI MURCIELAGO
6.2L 12, manual 4wd [P]
LEV I
9
13
14
GMC YUKON XL K2500
6.0L 8, auto 4wd
Tier 2 bin 11
13
17
14
CHEVROLET SUBURBAN K2500
6.0L 8, auto 4wd
Tier 2 bin 11
14
17
14
LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER
4.4L 8, auto stk 4wd [P]
Tier 2 bin 10
12
16
14
BENTLEY ARNAGE
6.8L 8, auto [P]
LEV I
10
14
14
MERCEDES-BENZ G500
5.0L 8, auto 4wd [P]
Tier 2 bin 10
13
14
15
LAMBORGHINI GALLARDO
5.0L 10, manual 4wd [P]
LEV I
9
15
15
DODGE RAM 1500 PICKUP
4.7L 8, auto 4wd
Tier 2 bin 10
12
16
15


The Energy Bill is so awful, I really almost cried over it last week. The one encouraging thing is that it isn't a law yet because it must get through the Senate. I'm sure the Senate would enjoy mail from you.
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