Can't survive without a car? Try alternative fuels
For some, driving less is not an option. These people can still join the green movement with alternative fuels.
There are several alternatives to high-priced gasoline. Government-endorsed alternative fuels are liquefied petroleum gas, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, methanol, ethanol, biodiesel, electricity and hydrogen.
Ethanol is already in place in Missouri, Minnesota and Hawaii, which mandated a 10 percent blend of ethanol in gasoline at the end of last year. In 2002 it was no longer necessary for pumps to say they contain 10 percent ethanol.
Ethanol, which can be made from many different things, burns cleaner than pure gasoline. It also benefits American farmers since U.S. ethanol is usually made from corn.
Biodiesel is a great alternative for some people. Diesel engines can burn biodiesel fuel, which is made from vegetable oil and animal fat. Biodiesel burns clean and meets federal Clean Air Act standards.
Biodiesel fueling stations can be found at www.biodiesel.org/buyingbiodiesel/retailfuelingsites/default.shtm.
Electric cars are rapidly becoming a feasible alternative to gasoline. An electric car in Europe, the Tesla Roadster, can go 125 mph, can travel 221 miles before needing a charge and has a life expectancy of 100,000 miles. However, the Roadster will cost more than $100,000, so the expensive import may not be the car for you.