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The Planet, Winter 2010, America’s Obsession with the Automobile



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Publication Date

Winter 2010


Western Washington University. Associated Students. Environmental Center; Huxley College of the Environment; Huxley College of Environmental Studies

Editor in Chief

Bettinger, Kaylin


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Managing Editor: Anne Maertens; Editors: Oliver Lazenby, Olivia Scalet; Science Editor: Stephanie Eckard; Designers: Kim Gladow, Brianna Nieman; Photographers: Mitch Olsen, Jordan Stead, Marybeth Coghill, Colin Diltz, Talithia Taitano; Writers: Mitch Olsen, James Andrews, Chris Collinson, Courtney Leake, Brooke Loisel, Andrea Farrell, Amanda Halle, Zoie Caidos

Photography Editor

Emtman, Jeff


Dietrich, William

Publisher (Digital Object)

Resources made available by The Planet and Special Collections, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Table of Contents


Piled high in recycling yards, nestled in our great plains and along streams and forests, expired automobiles have found their niche.

Global Gearheads

A team of Western students is building a sports car that exceeds 100 miles per gallon for the Automotive X Prize, an international competition of super-efficient cars meant to combat the effects of peak oil and fossil fuel emissions.

In Defense of the Hummer

Hummer owners explain why they choose to drive one of America’s most recognizable gas-guzzlers.

To Baker for Change

The story of a school bus, devoted to serving people and nature for more than 20 years.

No Keys. No Car. No Problem.

A look at the Undriver Licensing program, urging participants to get around without their foot on the gas pedal.

Farming Fuel

Western students work toward an energy solution by putting cow waste to the test.

What’s Old is New

For 25 years, Craig Henderson has dipped his ultra-fuel efficient car in and out of the consumer spotlight. Is the time right for it to be revealed once again?

The (In)convenience of Carpooling

An unpopular alternative to driving solo.




Publication at Western Washington University

Geographic Coverage

Washington (State)


Environmental Sciences | Higher Education | Journalism Studies


Student publication, Ecology, Environmental Studies

Document Type


Subject-Topical (LCSH)

Human ecology--Washington (State)--Periodicals; Ecology--Washington (State)--Periodicals

Subject-Names (LCNAF)

Western Washington University--Students--Periodicals; Huxley College of the Environment--Students--Periodicals


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The Planet, 2010, Winter

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