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Think that plugging in your vehicle will protect the earth? Sure, this was the message that EPRI and the NRDC sent following a 2008 study that found that, if 60 percent of the U.S. fleet of light vehicles converted to plug-ins by 2050, CO2 emissions would drop by 450 million metric tons annually (the same as taking 82 million cars off the road) while electricity consumption would increase only eight percent.

The Environmental Transport Association in the United Kingdom is not pleased with the government's plan to launch a so-called Cash for Clunkers program. Automakers are generally fond of the proposals that would pay new car purchasers £2,000 for trading in their old rides for new cars. The stated goal is to get older, dirtier and less fuel efficient machines off the road in favor of models with the latest emissions controls.

St. Valentine's day is tomorrow and, if you are planning to do something special, think about applying your green driving techniques to the quest for love. Before you reach for things to throw at my head, let me make clear that these, um, tips come from the British Environmental Transport Association (ETA). The ETA's advice to both motorists and those in search of love can be summarized in three points:

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Saturday will kick off the 2008 Green Transport Week in the UK. To gin up a little bit of discussion at the start of the week, the organizing group (the Environmental Transport Association) has released a list of the best and worst green cars after looking at 1,300 models that are sold in the UK "and examined their power, emissions, fuel efficiency and even the amount of noise they produce to create the definitive guide to buying the greenest vehicle." Your winner is the Toyota Yaris, which is t

Across the pond, the ETA, established in 1990, is running its fifteenth annual Green Transport Week, June 16-24 (seems like more than a week, doesn't it?). The purpose of GTW is to raise awareness of the impact of transportation on the environment as well as transportation alternatives, "Make people stop and think before they go somewhere," and "Send a message to the government on green transport and environmental issues." The ETA is accomplishing these goals by organizing events that promote th