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Evaluate the impact of your automobile purchases

Fact: Every gallon of gas you burn results in the release of 28 pounds of CO2 pollution. SUVs available today only achieve an average of 20 miles per gallon. The average 2003 car is 40% more efficient and 2003 Hybrids, at 48 mpg and up, are 140% more efficient. Because of this, a 2003 SUV releases 2.4 times the CO2 emissions of a comparable hybrid. That is a global warming difference of 3.8 tons of CO2 per 10,000 miles driven.

Action: Make vehicle mileage a primary buying criteria when purchasing a new car, pickup or SUV. Evaluate thoroughly weather you realy need an SUV. Remember to account for fuel costs when pricing vehicle purchases.

Sources: Environmental Defense, US Department of Transportation, Office of Transportation Technologies

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