A Los Angeles car rental company now offers rental cars powered by bio-diesel fuel. Bio-Beetle Eco Rental Cars began life on the Hawaiian island of Maui a few years ago and opened near Los Angeles International Airport in March of this year. Founder, Shaun Stenshol picked California for expansion because of the state's reputation for being environmentally friendly.
Stenshol is a former Greenpeace worker and an environmental activist. Bio-diesel runs about $3.45 per gallon, according to Reuters, about a dollar more than regular gas, but the cars can travel 400 to 800 miles per tank. The only glitch in Stenshol's earth-friendly rental service is refueling. Presently there is only one station in the Los Angeles metro area that sells bio-diesel fuel. Stenshol says he will get involved in helping to set up additional refueling stations in the LA area.
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
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There’s a good chance that a few of the things mentioned here won't fully come to fruition in 2015 but rather much later down the line. However, as Malcolm X once said, "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
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