Tune-ups Are No Longer Necessary For Your Vehicle

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A “tune-up” was a procedure where the parts that were susceptible to wearing out were replaced and adjustments made. Drivers often did this on a regular basis many years ago. The systems involved were generally the fuel and ignition systems. Today tune-ups are obsolete. We sat down with the Service manager from East Hills Chevrolet of Roslyn, a full-service car dealer in Roslyn, NY to get the scoop!

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How Jeep 4WD Systems Have Evolved

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Let’s go back to the 1970s. You’re driving your Jeep CJ-5 and you’re about to go off-roading. First thing you have to do is engage the Jeep’s four-wheel drive. The procedure is such: you climb outside and twist those hard-to-turn locking hubs on the wheels. Then, get back inside the CJ-5 and pull the big floor-mounted 4WD lever back to get yourself four-wheeling.

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Is China finally waking up to its pollution crisis?

Expect the global warming issue to blow up again as the Obama Administration gears up to issue new EPA regulations. Conservatives have argued for years now that anything the US does is moot given China’s massive pollution problem. But as Jonathan Cohen points out, China is finally starting to move on these issues, as even hard-core dictators can be affected by choking pollution:

In recent years, the Chinese have imposed fuel mileage and appliance efficiency standards, similar in many respects to those in the U.S. Just this week, officials in Beijing announced that the government would be taking another 5 million aging cars off the nation’s road. China has also set up pilot versions of tradable pollution permits—in other words, “cap-and-trade” schemes—for various industries. Officials say they hope to make these nationwide soon. And one reason the Chinese government was so eager to sign that massive new deal with Russia, allowing the import of natural gas, was because it’s desperate to find alternatives to coal. “For a long time, opponents [of new regulations] said we’ll get hoodwinked, because China won’t do anything,” says David Doniger, director of the Climate and Clean Air Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “That’s just not true.”

This is a positive development, and hopefully it continues. If China gets more serious about this, then it can give political cover to those around the world trying to put a lid on carbon emissions.

Cohen points out that any new EPA regulations can put further pressure on China to act.

Expect to hear plenty of noise about this over the coming months.

  

Push for a carbon emissions tax

A carbon emissions tax is a huge long-shot in today’s political climate, but that’s not deterring former congressman Bob Inglis.

  

Debate over Keystone Pipeline

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There are all sorts of opinions on the Keystone Pipeline. Many environmentalists are very much opposed, while many people concerned with weaning ourselves off of Mid East oil are in favor of it, even with all the new oil American is producing through fracking. The Arkansas oil spill complicates the issue of course.

Here’s T. Boone Pickens discussing natural gas, oil and the pipeline.

  

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