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Green cars: Both sides of the story

EVAs fuel and maintenance charges take a steady hike, shelling out cash for cars is slowly becoming a problem. Many people are selling their cars and taking to public transport because of higher costs and environmental concerns.

Side by side, the green car or electric vehicle is also gaining steady popularity. If you read this, you will realize that though there are certain disadvantages, they are certainly outweighed by the obvious pros. So, if you are planning to buy an electric car, here’s the story that you should know before taking a choice.


Top things that you must keep in mind when purchasing electric cars

Electric VehicleWith the entire buzz that is being created to go green to protect the environment, automobile manufacturers decided to go one step further and come up with innovative ideas to ensure that you cars do not add to the problem. Therefore, electric cars or green cars are slowly getting more popular and people are eventually warming up to the idea of using cars that run on rechargeable batteries. If you plan on buying these eco friendly wheels, you can certainly consider selling your used car St. Louis and buy this new phenomenon. However, jumping the gun and buying the first electric car that comes your way can spell trouble. Therefore, you need to first educate yourself about these cars so that you are in the right position to take the decision that will be most appropriate. The list mentioned below will ensure that you understand everything that there is to about electric cars before making your purchase.


Bike Gangs With A Purpose

Bike Gangs for GoodEver been in a city and seen those bike rental centers? Pretty neat, right? But even though at first thought it may just seem like a good way for visitors to get around for a small price, there are more benefits behind it than one might think.

One system in particular has been especially beneficial—the Bixi bike. The whole idea was started in Montreal, Canada. The city was looking for a way to diminish automobile dependence and provide another option for people to get around. The result was the Public Bike System Company’s Bixi Bikes. The concept soon spread to other cities and became a big hit.


Community Resources for Reducing Diesel Air Pollution from the Freight Industry

Compiled by Natural Resources Defense Council

A trail of exhaust stretches from manufacturers abroad, through our ports, along our rail yards and drifts up from freeways as goods are moved from one place to another. Freight transportation hubs may help deliver the products that fill our stores and homes, but for those who live near them -- disproportionately low-income communities of color -- finding ways to clean up cargo is truly as important as the air we breathe. In fact, more than 13 million Americans (3.5 million of whom are children) live near major marine ports or rail yards, and proximity to that polluted air leads to health issues from aggravated asthma, to lung cancer, and even premature death.

Fortunately, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) offers communities public oversight over federal or federally-funded projects that will affect the environment -- including construction projects, permit approvals, and funding decisions involving ports, rail yards, and highways. NEPA gives the public a voice and brings the people's business out of the shadows and into the light of public scrutiny.

Dozens of measures can be incorporated in new freight projects or applied to existing railyards, port terminals and distribution centers to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions. Cleaner and more efficient new engines can cut soot and smog-forming emissions and save fuel. In many cases, activities using diesel engines can be electrified. The use of more efficient modes, such as shipping goods by train where possible (using locomotives meeting the cleanest standards) instead of by truck, can make a big difference. Finally, any fossil fuel burning engine that remains in use can have modern exhaust controls added to filter out most pollution.


Defend Your Air

Use NEPA to Protect Your Community

Defend Your Air is NRDC's guide to reducing air pollution caused by freight transport and is designed to help communities master the NEPA process to limit air pollution. Participants in the NEPA process are able to contribute information about a project, suggest alternatives, and argue that more needs to be done to reduce a given project's negative impacts.

Clean Cargo Toolkit

Improve Your Local Air Quality

Find out how to achieve clean cargo measures and who is already using these measures in our Clean Cargo Toolkit. NRDC's Clean Cargo series provides details about the health effects from air pollution created by freight transport, as well as recommendations for and examples of clean cargo reforms already being enacted in communities throughout the United States.


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What Is Biodiesel?

Biodiesel is a clean alternative to petroleum diesel (petrodiesel) made from used cooking oil, animal fat or vegetable oil. It is a new fuel — one that’s renewable, environmentally friendly and readily available. It contains no petroleum and it can be used in any diesel engine without modifications. It is biodegradable, nontoxic and nonvolatile.



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