May 2, 2007
Dear CNET members,
With all the talks of saving the environment, global warming, and alternative fuels for cars, CNET just launched a special Living with Technology feature: Green tech. CNET's guide explores how going green is easier than ever and can save you some greenbacks, too. Find out how planet-friendly tech can improve your home, your car, and your lifestyle--so check it out. And speaking of going green, I don't know how much you folks pay for gas in your neighborhood, but the last time I filled up in the San Francisco bay area, it was few cents short of four dollars. Sheesh--and there are no signs of gas prices going down--making me wish I had a hybrid car now! I'm just glad that public transportation is readily available to me and is still my No. 1 choice for my daily commute. With the concern of growing gas prices and fossil fuel depletion in the near future--I'd like to turn your attention to the latest Driving It column: Your clean, green car choices, in which CNET editor Wayne Cunningham offers his opinions on alternative fuels and gives a quick rundown on the pros and cons of ethanol, natural gas, and biodiesel. But those given in Wayne's column are only his opinions, so what I really want to hear is where you stand with alternative fuels. Is there one alternative fuel that you are a huge proponent of? Maybe it's a fuel that's not mentioned in the column. Whatever alternative fuel is your favorite, read Wayne's column and join us in the hot forum discussion, then tell us what your favorite alternative fuel is and why you think it's not only the best, but also if it's a fuel we can depend on for a long period of time. We're all ears here!
This week's hot topic:
What's your favorite alternative fuel?
In the latest Driving It column, CNET editor Wayne Cunningham gives his opinions on alternative fuels. When we asked our members what their favorite alternative fuel is and why, many members sped by to tell us what they thought.
"Electric future (with butanol and
biodiesel for antiques)"
"Electricity is clean, efficient, cheap, and comes from many diverse sources. Electrical production and distribution systems are in place, and are more efficient than the production and distribution of any other fuel. Current lithium ion batteries give good power and range. More..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member albizzia"H-y-d-r-o-g-e-n!!! h2 is where it's at"
"I can't believe this isn't even an option in this thread? I've talked with an auto industry insider, and he says there was a study done in 'overall environmental impact' from car models, and the Toyota Prius ranked dead last! Why? Because the battery cells will need..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member prodesma"Bread and jam with some cream cheese"
"Bananas are nice too. What I mean, of course, is USE YOUR OWN POWER. Walk and cycle wherever possible. This runs on renewable energy--food. And if it is not possible for you to use walking and cycling (barring disability), consider why. All the fuels..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member daniel wimberley"Lots of choices, lots of problems"
"Oil is a hard act to follow--it's been relatively cheap and plentiful, it packs a lot of energy, and it's a liquid at ordinary temperatures and pressures. Unfortunately, it's getting expensive and more scarce, and it's dirty. Hydrogen sounds ideal ideal but has serious..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member wbowblisSpeak up!
Now it's time for you to tell us what's your favorite alternative fuel, and why do you think it's the best? Does it offer a possible long-term replacement to gasoline? Speak up and share your ideas!
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