The September 2008 edition of Environment Magazine contains an article entitled "The Short List: The Most Effective Actions U.S. Households Can Take to Curb Climate Change". The article is a collaboration between two scientists who specialize in the psychological aspects of climate change; the reasons why individual citizens do not take actions that would reduce their personal energy consumption, even when such changes can be achieved at no cost or allow money to be saved.
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I note with interest that on August 18th 2008 your trade association, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, launched a new website at http://EcoDrivingUSA.com. I applaud the basic message that citizens of the United States of America would benefit from finding out more about EcoDriving techniques, and from then implementing such techniques themselves. However I must point out that I strongly object to the apparent attempt to secure the word EcoDriving as the trademark of the Auto Alliance. We have been using that word on our website at http://econnexus.org to promote that very same message for a number of months now. Other web sites have been doing the same for considerably longer. I should be grateful if you would prevail upon the Auto Alliance to remove the offending symbol from the home page of EcoDrivingUSA.com at your earliest convenience.
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Hot on the heels of the Auto Alliance announcement about their new EcoDrivingUSA.com website, AAM member Ford Motor Company announced yesterday that it has been testing the effects of EcoDriving training. According to Ford the volunteers who took part in their 4 day EcoDriver training improved their fuel economy by an average of 24%. The individual improvements among the 48 drivers, which were verified by the Sports Car Club of America, ranged from just 6% up to an impressive 50% and more. The Ford news release claims that the large range was due to individual improvement depending:
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Today econnexus.org announced their first three projects.
To help raise funds we have started two projects. The first is our 2009 Calendar, which we will start selling from December 1st 2008. Until then we will be running a competition to select 12 works of art to be included in the calendar. If you are a visual artist and you would like to find out more about entering the competition please take a look at the entry instructions and video at the econnexus 2009 calendar project page
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EcoDriving is all about reducing your gas bills by driving your car in a way that reduces your fuel consumption and maintaining it properly to make sure it runs as efficiently as possible. EcoModding goes one stage further. Modifying parts of your car. Adding bits to your car. Taking things off your car. This is all done with the goal of minimising fuel consumption and emissions. EcoModders are green gearheads!
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