Conservation Calendar Includes Replacing SUV with Hybrid

Cleveland Plain Dealers 'Conservation Calendar' includes tasks and recommendations for the coming year that includes dumping the family SUV for hybrid-electric car

Published: 06-Jan-2005

APRIL 2005 :Check out the garage: There's a car or two, maybe three there. Do you need such big ones? "Start with what you drive, how much you drive, what kind of gas mileage you get," David Orr says. He's a professor of environmental studies at Oberlin College. Asking him about energy savings lights his fire.

"Anything less than 35 miles per gallon is just unacceptable." So is the average weight of new American cars: more than 4,000 pounds. Get sensible, Orr says. Replace a big SUV with a Toyota Prius or Honda Insight, hybrids that get 50 to 60 miles per gallon.

That not only saves money, Orr says, it reduces "greenhouse gases" that contribute to global warming and that serves the cause of peace. The antipathy between the United States and the Middle East, he thinks, is over oil that Arab nations have and the United States wants. So drive less, too.

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