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12 The Julian News Alternative Power Test/Display Unit. Propane Service Why spin your wheels trying to find items elsewhere? Our customers say we stock almost eveqthing they've ever tried to find, Instead of last resort, TRY US FIRST[ We don't got it, we can got it. Come see why we're=HILLTOP SUPPLY." 619 4"/8,8481. 619 445-2188 27506 Old Hw7. 80, Guata~y iii iiiir i P.O. Box 159, I am0na, CA 92065 (760) 789-0240 OPEN SUNDAYS! Questions & Answers About Our Environment Dear Earth Talk: Celebrities and billionaires are shelling out big bucks for cutting edge green-friendly cars like the Tesla Roadster. But what are the rest of us--who five in the budget- constrained real world--to do about buying a new car that does right by the environment? -- M.G., Stroudsburg, PA With so many new energy efficient cars in showrooms today, there's never been a better time to go green with your next car purchase. A few years ago the Toyota Prius was the go-to model for those with an environmental conscience and up to $30,000 to pay for the privilege of getting 35-40 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 45-55 on the highway. But today there is such a wide selection of fuel efficient and low-emissions vehicles that even those on a budget can afford to go green. To wit, Honda's new Insight is the first hybrid gasoline-electric car available new for less than $20,000 (starting at $19,800). With fuel efficiency ratings of 40 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 43 on the highway, the Insight surely won't cost much to operate either. There are plenty of other hybrids to choose from today, too, though most cost at least a few thousand dollars more than equivalent non-hybrid models. Toyota's Prius, which is only available as a hybrid, still leads the pack as the world's top selling and most fuel efficient hybrid. Its cost has dropped some, now starting at $22,400, and the "3rd generation" Prius 10 now claims an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) combined city/ highway rating of 50 mpg. This most recent edition even features a whimsical solar panel on the roof to power a ventilation system that keeps the interior of the car cool even on scorching hot days. Hybrid versions of Honda's Civic ($23,800), Nissan's Altima ($26,780), Ford's Fusion ($27,625) and Escape SUV ($31,500), Mercury's Milan ($31,590) and Mariner SUV ($29,995), Toyota's Camry ($26,150) and Highlander SUV ($34,700) are also in showrooms in dealerships across the U.S. Many smaller cars with regular gasoline engines also get great mileage with low emissions for even less money. Some examples include the Corolla ($15,350), Matrix ($16,550) and Yaris ($12,355) from Toyota, Honda's Fit ($14,900), the Mazda 3 ($16,045), Chevy's Aveo ($11,965) and Cobalt ($14,990), the Hyundai's Accent ($9,970) and Elantra ($14,145), Pontiac's G3 ($14,335), the Kia Rio ($11,495), the MINI Cooper ($19,500), Ford's Focus ($15,995), and the Smart Car ForTwo ($11,990). Diesel fuel is now cleaner than ever, and a few automakers are going down that road. Volkswagen's Jetta TDI ($22,660), Audrs A3 TDI ($29,950) and BMW's 335d ($43,900) are three examples of high performance vehicles with solid green credentials regarding fuel efficiency and emissions. An added bonus is that such cars can run on carbon-neutral biodiesel as well as petroleum- based diesel fuel. Consumers just starting their search for a new ride should check out GreenCar.com, which provides detailed information on the many greener vehicles available today as well as those on the horizon. Also, the federal government's website FuelEconomy.gov provides detailed mileage and emissions November 4, 2009 information on dozens of new cars every year, and provides users with an easy and free way to compare different vehicles along the lines of environmental impact. CONTACTS: GreenCar. com, www.greencar.com; FuelEconomy.gov, www. fueleconomy.gov. A growing selection of fuel efficient and low-emissions vehicles -- including hybrids and those with conventional and lower-emission diesel engines -- are available to consumers today, including many that those of us on tight budgets can afford. photos courtesy of Honda/Hyundai/BMW. SEND YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTIONS TO: EarthTalk®, P.O. Box 5098, Westport, CT 06881 earthtalk@emagazine.com Read past columns at: www.emagazine.com/earthtalk/archives.php. EarthTalk® is now a book! Details and order information at: www.emagazine.com/earthtalkbook. 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