Cost of gasoline taking a bite out of your budget? Below are 10 ways to fix that.
With gasoline prices still high, manufacturers are making their green cars bigger and better. And that means there are more green-leaning options on the market. Confused by all those new options? Your job just got a little easier, thanks to the editors of Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com, the website of the country’s largest automotive valuation company, who highlight the wide range of green vehicles available in hybrid, electric and “high-efficiency gasoline powered-vehicles.”
Now if you’re really serious about scaling down to save the environment, you might want to consider a smaller electric vehicle, like the GEM Car from Scooter Bruce of Bruce’s Auto Sales on Jefferson Street. These low speed (feds limit them to 25 MPH), battery-electric vehicles, more commonly known as neighborhood vehicles, are legal on Lafayette streets with a 35 MPH or less speed limit. GEM cars have a range of up to 30 miles on a full charge and are a terrific means of traveling around neighborhoods.
Below is KBB.com’s “10 Best Green Cars of 2012” and the estimated combined city/highway miles per gallon from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy’s Fuel Economy Guide:
2012 Toyota Prius c — Hampton Toyota 50 MPG
2012 Nissan LEAF — Giles Nissan 99 MPGe (MPG equivalent)(made from recycled materials from old cars, home appliances and plastic bottles)
2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV 112 MPGe
2012 Chevrolet Volt — Service Chevrolet37 MPG 94 MPGe
2012 Honda Civic — Moss Motors44 MPG (hybrid) 33 MPGe (all natural gas arriving at Moss in next six months)
2012 Hyundai Elantra — Courtesy Automotive Group 33 MPG
2013 Chevrolet Malibu — Service Chevrolet 26 MPG
2012 Scion iQ — Hampton Toyota 37 MPG
Source: list courtesy of kbb.com http://www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/10-best-green-cars-2012/mpg estimates from U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Energy’s Fuel Economy Guide; www.fueleconomy.gov
JUNE 16 This story in the Advocate tells us that the state Department of Education is taking a look at the Course Choice program. They're doing that because the legislature (probably responding to reporting by Tom Aswell, who does not work for the Advocate) ordered them to make sure that these private companies aren't signing six-year-olds up for high school Latin classes without their parents' knowledge or consent.
JUNE 17 Columnist James Gill writes about the recent complaint of death row inmates at Angola: it's hot as you-know-what in their cells, with the heat index topping 120 for months. Since we're not executing people anymore (Gill opines) then we should probably officially end the practice of putting people on death row. The prisoners, by the way, are not asking for cool breezes: they only ask for clean water and a temp that doesn't top 88.
JUNE 17 Here's blogger Ian McGibboney's take on the Baton Rouge plan to give bus tickets to homeless people who have a home with family who live far away. Taken from one point of view, it could be a good solution for some people. But McGibboney raises some good points here, including this one: Why not improve opportunities for everybody in Baton Rouge so these people can find the jobs they came to BR for?
JUNE 17 Picayune columnist Jarvis DeBerry talks here about the Zimmerman trial, but the real topic is the concept of a black man being more dangerous, somehow, than a white man in a fight. It is an interesting discussion, and one that may enlighten people who think that racism doesn't exist because nobody's keeping black folks from eating at the Woolworth lunch counter.
JUNE 17 Here's an interesting column from Baton Rouge Business Report's publisher, Rolfe McCollister, about anger against the government. It's brewing because of recent revelations about the IRS and the GSA, he says. It's readable, not just for the subject, but because of McCollister's collection of sources: Huffington Post, National Review and Wikipedia. That's a combo you don't see every day.
JUNE 17 In this American Press post, Jim Beam talks about the high school diploma track that lets kids who aren't interested in university get what they want and need out of high school. The diplomas get kids ready for technical school, Beam explains, and then he goes on to give some of the numbers. Some of these numbers might really surprise people who think technical school is second best. And, Beam adds, a college diploma does not guarantee anybody a job.
JUNE 17 The Washington Post reports here that OSHA is going to investigate the explosion that occurred last week in Donaldsonville, shortly after the other fatal accident in Geismar. As soon as the site is safe, State Police will be pulling out of the Donaldsonville plant to make way for OSHA investigators, the story reports. (Hey, here's an idea: why don't they go a couple miles down the road and figure out what happened when that massive sinkhole started sucking up land.)
JUNE 17 Robert Mann writes about the LSU Board of Supervisors in this post, taking a look at the many ways board members have served Gov. Jindal and not their university or their students. The board members are esteemed members of their fields, but can't seem to do anything but say "yes" to Jindal, regardless of the cost to LSU, Mann opines.
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Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.