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Monday, May 28, 2007

Looking for ways to use less gas?

Joe Kolman, the Idaho Statesman's "Environment at Home" columnist, has some good ideas in today's paper for people who insist they have no choice in their driving habits. Taking the case of a New Jersey woman who is spending $300 a month on gas, he writes:

She could trade in her SUV (22 mpg) for a fuel-efficient car.

She could carpool or take public transit, even just once a week.

She could move closer to work. (She commutes an absurd 110 miles a day.)

Kolman writes, "It's fairly easy to convince ourselves that we don't have choices. But our ability to survive depends on changing to adapt to new situations. People have been doing it for a long time; do we want to be the ones who finally just give up because we can't figure out how to drive less?"

Read it all here.


Ritchie said...

The fabulous carfree magazine Carbusters ( has a regular write-in advice column like this, called "Want to cut your car use? Just call Anna."

nl said...

Transit Transit Transit! Boise needs to get on this. It takes most cities approximately 10 years to plan light rail. That was the case in Portland, Denver, and Seattle. Seattle has a lot more difficulty because our city is extremely hilly and water everywhere. Is Boise coming up with anything yet? Now is the time while it is still not overcrowed. It is much harder to plan these things after buildings are built.

Julie in Boise said...

nl, thanks for stopping by and for your comments. There's no news on the transit front in Boise that I've heard, but when we have some, I will try to post it here.