March 13, 2007
Hummers More Eco-Friendly Than Prius Moonbatmobiles
Toyota's Prius, aka Pious, is a favorite among the sort of gullible moonbats who proudly believe their choice of vehicle contributes to a healthier planet. As always, the moonbats are wrong.
Improved EPA tests show that the Prius only gets an average of 45 mpg, which isn't much higher than the Chevy Aveo, a car that costs less than half as much.
But the real problem with the overhyped Prius is how much environmental damage it causes to make one. The nickel used in the Prius battery is mined and smelted at a site so ecologically ruined that NASA has used the dead zone around it to test moon rovers. Nicknamed the Superstack, the plant spreads sulfur dioxide all across northern Ontario, causing acid rain. There is no life around it for miles.
The nickel is then shipped to Europe, then China, then Japan, then the USA during the long process of becoming the battery in a moonbat's Prius, racking up more transportation miles than Al Gore on a transcontinental eco-campaign.
The total energy required to produce and drive a Prius is almost 50% more than that required for a Hummer, an eco-dupe's idea of the ultimate affront to Gaia.
Hummers are cheaper to drive, too. Over the 100,000-mile expected lifespan of a Prius, it will cost an average $3.25 per mile. A Hummer lasts three times as long, and only costs $1.95 per mile.
Plus Hummers are cool, whereas a Prius looks like something Ed Begley Jr. would drive.
On a tip from Bergbikr.
Posted by Van Helsing at March 13, 2007 2:06 PM
Van, thanks for one of the best laughs I've had in a while!
Posted by: Pam at March 13, 2007 7:04 PM
i see a hummer in my future - it cannot be all that different than my suburban!
Posted by: nanc at March 13, 2007 7:17 PM
I drive an 11 yr. old Tahoe, it has 125,000 miles on it, I'd guess that mine only costs about a dollar a mile...bwhahahahaha! I'm SAFER, cooler and I laugh, just look for a smile from a Pious driver(except for that smug little smirk) which doesn't count!
Posted by: the merry widow at March 14, 2007 12:18 PM
Add in the several pounds of cobalt in the battery, mined in the 'Democratic' Congo, one of the most oppressive regimes on earth. Add in the rare-earth metals, most of which come from China _THE_ most oppressive regime on earth.
Posted by: imethisguy at March 14, 2007 2:21 PM
I live in Sudbury which is home to the Superstack. Life before the Superstack, which spreads the pollution over a wider area, was vastly different. The area has not completely recovered, but progress has been made. I know there has been a marked improvement from the barren landscape that existed here in the 1970's. We are world reknown in some circles for our regreening efforts. A recent multi-year soil study found that certain trees, such as pine, that have trouble growing in heavy metal infested soil still don't do well around Sudbury. Looking at Sudbury using google maps' satellite view shows Sudbury surrounded by nice green areas -- just not in the immediate area. Goto maps.google.com, click on the Satellite button in the top right, search for 46.47595, -81.01065, and zoom out a couple levels to see the 2004 satellite pictures for yourself.
Yes, NASA used Sudbury in the 1960s as an area to test their moon mobiles. It was over by Hannah Lake. There are still a few dead or mostly lakes in the area like Kelly Lake. And Inco, now CVRD, monitors the superstack's smoke plume, so they know when and where their smoke went over certain areas with what level of pollution. This information is used to determine if damage done to paint on cars was due to their pollution or something else. A friend's parents and their neighbours had to get their cars repainted at Inco's expense a few years back. While the acid rain scare is over hyped, it can still pose a problem today in the local area. There has been quite an effort locally to lime the local lakes that are in poor condition to make them better. Many lakes have been restocked. I think Minnow Lake is one of them. Testing is still being done to monitor the environment around Sudbury. Life is much better here now than it was a generation ago.
John M Reynolds
Posted by: jmrSudbury at March 15, 2007 7:02 AM
Now there's an old 70's scare that seems to have faded away. We were all going to end up wearing special suits to protect us.
If scientists dig deep enough they'll always find the end of the world lurking somewhere. I say we spend all our money building rockets that can blast an earth-destroying meteor into space dust.
Posted by: NudeGayWhalesForJesus at March 16, 2007 12:48 PM