Auto Exemption

"A new series of whimsical public service announcements from the Environmental Protection Agency are lampooning the notion that cars can be made more energy efficient while the ads encourage conservation at home," reports Danny Hakim. The ads depict a wacky home inventor trying to make his car more fuel-efficient by adding a sail and "a helium tank with a bulbous hose ... Viewers are then directed to a Web site that lists energy-efficient furnaces, computers and dishwashers - in fact, just about everything but cars."