Day 13. - Green Car Switch...Go BioDiesel!
Be sure to opt to drive higher mileage vehicles and choose or seek out diesel versions when possible.
Sell your vehicle as soon as possible if it does not reach 30 mpg or more...if not for the environment, then for your financial bottom line. Diesel powered engines offer the greatest opportunity to reduce green house gas emissions over the short-term...Hybrids are the next best choice until hydrogen fuel cell technology advances. Unfortunately, the cost of diesel fuel has recently risen because more companies are making diesel engine models available in the US, and the petroleum companies are going to profit as they see a market developing.
Picking a cleaner-running, better-performing and more efficient vehicle may not be in everyone’s current budget to simply go out and buy a new diesel-powered car. For those who are able to make a change right now, the short-term best decision for the longer environmental benefit is to convert as many people as possible to diesel-powered vehicles. Why diesel you may ask? Speed. Not speed of the vehicle, but making the quickest big environmental changes that can be readily implemented. Consider that:
1. Diesel engines currently exist, and most manufacturers have diesel versions of their vehicles
2. Diesel fuel is being refined and burned more cleanly than in the past.
3. Bio-diesel fuel is 100% sustainable and compatible for these engines.
4. This can happen today without having to wait for anything.
Hybrid technology is developing but still needs to be advanced, and making us pay for this industry when it should already have been perfected makes no sense to the public. The hybrid vehicles of today will be dinosaurs in a short few years, and those purchased them will have simply paid the companies to give us technology which they should already have developed. Electric vehicles are still on the grid and require energy from the system to re-charge each day, and the battery power needs a great deal of advancement. Eventually, engines running on hydrogen that only emit water vapor make the most sense.
Support as many at-near-or above 100 MPG vehicles that come into your region for purchase. This will force higher MPG vehicles into the market and we all win.