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Yetiv's Opinion Piece on Ecodriving Makes Earth Day Appearance in Christian Science Monitor

Steve Yetiv, political science professor at Old Dominion University, offers five driving tips that could save drivers money and help the environment in an opinion piece written for Earth Day that appeared in the Christian Science Monitor Thursday, April 22.

Citing the need to lessen the United States' dependence on foreign oil, Yetiv supports the International Energy Agency's recommendations for countries to develop their own ecodriving programs. Yetiv notes that these suggestions could result in as much as a 10 percent reduction in current fuel consumption for the average driver. An added benefit would be lower global carbon emissions.

Ecodriving tips include, among others:

  • turning off the engine when the vehicle is not moving for extended periods, such as in a massive traffic jam;
  • avoiding rapid acceleration and deceleration; and
  • driving at efficient speeds (fuel efficiency goes down significantly in most vehicles at speeds above 75 miles per hour).

Yetiv's research explores American foreign policy toward the Middle East, global energy, interdependence, and theories of decision-making, foreign policy and international relations.

His recent book, "The Absence of Grand Strategy: The United States and the Persian Gulf (1972-2005)," analyzes the evolution of U.S. foreign policy in the Persian Gulf, offering a "provocative and panoramic view of American strategies in a region critical to the functioning of the entire global economy," according to The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Click here to read the full article.

This article was posted on: April 22, 2010

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