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Canada Fights Global Warming | Homer at the Helm | Fuel Economy Decline | W Watch | San Joaquin Valley Air Quality | California Marine Reserve | Bold Strokes| For the Record | Green Elephants | Loggers Against Logging | Sprawl | Little Chips, Big Impact | Updates


By Reed McManus

What better way to ride out Armageddon than in the new quasi-military, $48,000, 11-mile-per-gallon Hummer H2? But wait–doesn’t that apocalypse loom precisely because wannabe Rambos drive hulks like these, accelerating global warming and increasing our dependence on Mideast oil? No worries: Hummer owners can watch the ice caps melt in style on a 15-inch DVD screen from their tent-and-table camping package with awning and plug-in cooler. And it isn’t just the Hummer: The fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the United States has declined for the past three years. Detroit has the technology to build safe, fuel-efficient cars, but claims that drivers are more interested in high testosterone levels than high mileage.

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