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ketel0ne 08-24-2006 08:37 AM

Using a thread to brainstorm: Drive on Washington
 
Many people have rallied in the nations capital, why not people in 35+ mpg cars. Platform could be oil reliance, global warming, gas prices, tax credits for high milers, etc. Even do it on a weekend or holiday Monday to show concern for commuters. The press play would be huge. Please contribute your thoughts. This is nothing official, it is more a of a seed in my head.

SVOboy 08-24-2006 01:11 PM

It's a nice idea, though I wonder how many people would throw the big bucks to drive out there. If I were not in school without a car I would certainly participate. I still remember fondly my days of anti-war protesting in the nations capitol. 300k of us didn't make much difference where humans lives were concerned, but when it's something that affects peoples' wallets it doesn't take much to get them to listen, :(

zpiloto 08-24-2006 03:31 PM

I'm in Texas that would be a pretty long drive and to get time off from work for that would be tough. In the US how many people drive a car that gets over 35 MPG since there really not much availiable here.:mad:. The best bet might be to try a grassroot petition getting signature and passing it along to a simpathetic Senator if you can find one.

Matt Timion 08-24-2006 04:23 PM

I've been brainstorming getting my car around 60 MPG and doing a cross-country drive... or at least a drive down to california on one tank of gas. At the very least it would get some people interested and could attract some attention.

zpiloto 08-24-2006 04:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Matt Timion
I've been brainstorming getting my car around 60 MPG and doing a cross-country drive... or at least a drive down to california on one tank of gas. At the very least it would get some people interested and could attract some attention.

That's a good idea what car are you going to try and do that with? Throw in your favorite charity and get sponsers and your set.

ketel0ne 08-25-2006 11:04 AM

Maybe just city events. Like Fuel Economy Carshows not just hybrids. But all makes models and modifications. You figure they have them for stereos, speed, and makes. Why not MPG?

SVOboy 08-25-2006 11:07 AM

What we really need to do is work a way to get others outside the community involved. I'll send all the dartmouth papers (including the dartmouth, oldest college paper in the country) a little note asking about a place for such articles among their normal junk. Writing is certainly a powerful tool to help enlist others!

Matt Timion 08-25-2006 11:24 AM

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Originally Posted by zpiloto
That's a good idea what car are you going to try and do that with? Throw in your favorite charity and get sponsers and your set.

I'll do it with my civic. My original plan with that car was to have a car that has all of the luxuries of a modern car (A/C, Power Steering, automatic locks, windows, etc.) that gets killer gas mileage. Oh, and it's a four seater too, so it dispells the myth that only small cars can get good MPG.

Then again, compared to new cars, my little 89 civic IS small.

MetroMPG 08-25-2006 12:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ketel0ne
Many people have rallied in the nations capital, why not people in 35+ mpg cars. Platform could be oil reliance, global warming, gas prices, tax credits for high milers, etc.

Have you seen https://40mpg.org? US Political/consumer action campaign.

SVOboy 08-25-2006 12:47 PM

Sweet link darin, *joins*

GeoMetry 09-06-2006 01:35 PM

I live in the DC area so I could show up easily. Then what happens? We all see each other, a few passers by see us, if we are lucky the local news picks up the story and reports that a bunch of tree huggers are down in DC trying to take away everyones SUVs. I thought it would be good to get a local news crew to go on a 200 mile cruise in my 12 year old $375 Geo Metro and show people that it doesn't take a technological breakthru or $30K to get 60+ MPG. I think that story would get better play.

You pick the teaser:

"Tonight on the 5 O'Clock news we'll tell you about a group that came to DC today to encourage everyone to use more fuel efficient cars."

"Tonight on the 5 O'Clock news we have a story for all the folks wishing they could afford one of those fuel efficient Hybrid cars. We'll show you a local resident that is getting over 60 MPG in a car that only cost $375."

MetroMPG 09-06-2006 02:26 PM

Geometry: I see you are indeed back in the game - nice last tank!

leetramp 09-30-2007 11:54 PM

How about a move for a 55 MPH speed limit. It not only saves gas, it saves lives. I don't have the studies at my fingertips, but I remember reading about the number of lives saved by the 55 MPH limit during the '70's "gas crisis."

This summer I drove across the country, and was able to use my ScanGauge to test 55 vs 65 MPH on long stretches (in five mile stages). Driving at 65 consumed 21% more gas than driving at 55. Your mileage may vary, but it sure would save gas.

https://www.gassavers.org/gaslog/sig.php?id=727


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