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Auto & Truck Ranch
(480) 983-7783
442 N Mountain View Rd
Apache Junction, AZ

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Payless Car Sales
(480) 354-7772
10111 E Apache Trl
Apache Junction, AZ

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Progressive Auto Sales Llc
(480) 962-4756
9605 E Main St
Mesa, AZ

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Nathe Marine Auto Sales
(480) 984-6922
8325 E Main St
Mesa, AZ

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San Tan Hyundai Inc
(480) 786-4260
3252 S Auto Way
Gilbert, AZ

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Ideal Cars Llc
(480) 671-4730
1891 W Apache Trl
Apache Junction, AZ

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Cactus Jacks Auto Sales
(480) 671-7000
2281 W Apache Trl
Apache Junction, AZ

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Red Mountain Truck & Auto Sale
(480) 357-6099
9772 E Main St
Mesa, AZ

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Tim's Auto Ctr
(480) 984-5765
7744 E Main St
Mesa, AZ

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Car Max Auto Superstore
(480) 518-8101
1480 E Motorplex Loop
Gilbert, AZ

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Escaping the Oil Trap

Escaping the Oil Trap

Selflessness doesn’t just benefit recipients, but those on the giving side of the
equation, too. The bonus: There are so many ways to give, whether you are being
charitable with your money, time or love. Here’s what science says about
altruism and how it enhances all our lives.

By Eric Schneider

July August 2008

Our use of petroleum and fossil fuels is downright addicting, not to mention environmentally hazardous. Can we slip oil’s greasy grasp before it does us in? The health of the planet’s water and air hinges on finding an answer to what may be the most crucial question of our time.

Ouch! Filling up the tank costs from $60 to a wince-inducing $100 for bigger vehicles, and even fuel-efficient cars tend to rack up $40 to $50 receipts at the pump. With costs for regular unleaded fuel climbing above a staggering $4 per gallon at press time, frustrations with Big Oil have reached a new peak. Coupled with an interest in more environmentally friendly fuel options, this has prompted steady rumblings for oil independence to grow louder.

Getting the Most
from Your Gas

Saving your pennies for that sweet little hybrid in the dealer’s showroom? Good move, but you can conserve fuel even before you trade up by heeding the following tips, courtesy of the National Resources Defense Council ( www.nrdc.org , 212-727-2700).

Given that as a nation we collectively run through roughly 55,000 gallons of gas a day, these simple ideas can save wear on both the environment and your wallet.

∗ Don’t be a leadfoot. Dropping from 75 to 65 MPH, for example, can cut your gas usage by 15%.

∗ Get tuneups on a regular basis. Keeping your engine in good shape can not only net you another 15% drop in consumption but can increase your car’s useful lifespan. When you do visit the mechanic, ask about energy-conserving motor oils.

∗ Keep your tires at the correct pressure. Under-inflation reduces mileage.

∗ If you’re going to be sitting for a while—at a railroad crossing or waiting for the coach to dismiss your child’s team—cut the engine. Idling for more than 30 seconds consumes more gas than a restart.

∗ Team up with your coworkers on your daily ride to work, or ask your employer about telecommuting at least part of the time. Use mass transit whenever possible.

Becoming energy self-sufficient by weaning ourselves off of foreign oil is far from easy or direct. The United States consumes 20.5 million barrels of oil a day—roughly a quarter of world oil production—but produces only 5.1 million barrels per day. This means that to become oil independent, we need to reduce our oil consumption by 75%, observes Jonathan Dorn, PhD, MPP, staff researcher at the Earth Policy Institute in Washington, DC. This heavy reliance on foreign oil is deeply ingrained in both the economy and the energy industry. Even with considerable instability in regions that supply much of our petrol...

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