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November 5, 2007

Hybrids: Environmentally Ruinous

No one emits righteousness like a moonbat behind the wheel of a hybrid. Though overpriced by the standards of conventional vehicles, these must be worth every penny in terms of the self-satisfaction they afford their environmentally correct drivers. But do hybrids actually benefit the environment? On the contrary.

As noted earlier, the much hated (by moonbats) Hummer actually causes less damage than the sacred Prius. CNW Research issued a report (PDF) that describes just how much harm these moonbatmobiles inflict on Mother Earth. Particularly harmful are the expensive batteries, which require frequent replacement. From a commentary (PDF) on the CNW report:

The nickel for the battery, for instance, is mined in Sudbury, Ontario, and melted at nearby Nickel Centre, just north of the province's massive Georgian Bay.
Toyota buys about 1,000 tons of nickel from the facility each year, ships the nickel to Wales for refining, then to China, where it's manufactured into nickel foam, and then onto Toyota's battery plant in Japan.
That alone creates a globe-trotting trail of carbon emissions that ought to seriously concern everyone involved in the fight against global warming. All told, the start-to-finish journey travels more than 10,000 miles — mostly by container ship, but also by diesel locomotive.
But it's not just the clouds of greenhouse gases generated by all that smelting, refining, manufacturing and transporting that worries green activists. The 1,250-foot-tall smokestack that spews huge puffs of sulphur dioxide at the Sudbury mine and smelter operation has left a large swath of the surrounding area looking like a surrealistic scene from the depths of hell.
On the perimeter of the area, skeletons of trees and bushes stand like ghostly sentinels guarding a sprawling wasteland. Astronauts in training for NASA actually have practiced driving moon buggies on the suburban Sudbury tract because it's considered a duplicate of the Moon's landscape.
"The acid rain around Sudbury was so bad it destroyed all the plants, and the soil slid down off the hillside," David Martin, Greenpeace's energy coordinator in Canada, told the London Daily Mail.
"The solution they came up with was the Superstack. The idea was to dilute pollution, but all it did was spread the fallout across northern Ontario," Martin told the British newspaper, adding that Sudbury remains "a major environmental and health problem. The environmental cost of producing that car battery is pretty high."

But of course, environmental devastation is a small price to pay for a pious gesture in support of environmentalism.

The environs of Sudbury, Ontario, compliments of Prius drivers.

Hat tip: Judging Truth.

Posted by Van Helsing at November 5, 2007 8:35 PM

Comments

my 35+ year old car gets better mpg then a hummer.
plus its made of easy to recycle materials that will never be recycled, further pissing off moonbats and helping the environment.

it also seems to attract moonbats when i fill up at the gas station as they gaze in wonder as i use regular 89 octane, and proceed to leave a burn out 30feet long.

moonbats are under this impression that cars run on magic, yet when you step back, cars have not changed much in over 100 years.

Posted by: Anonymous at November 5, 2007 10:54 PM

Smug.

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Posted by: Pam at November 6, 2007 6:29 AM

But I thought hybrids were eco-friendly?

Doesn't eco-friently mean they are grown and harvested from trees?

I had no idea that raw materials were mined and energy intensive industrial processes were used to manufacture such vehicles?

Now I am madly confused just like when the store clerk asks if I want paper or plastic.

"Dear Heavenly St. Al Gore, please guide me through these trying times of hypocrisy brought on by wanting to feel-good and smug in front of all my materialistic Americans."

Posted by: dpt at November 6, 2007 9:17 AM

"My son, your prayer has been answered. Just buy my book and be sure to show my Oscar-winning movie to all of your friends and acquaintances. If we can't convince them outright, then we'll simply have to beat them into submission." ~ St. Al

Posted by: Pam at November 6, 2007 10:15 AM

You keep forgetting that the mantra of the modern liberal is not to actually fix the problems, but to show the proper concern for the problems of our time!

Posted by: Proof at November 6, 2007 11:26 AM

"You keep forgetting that the mantra of the modern liberal is not to actually fix the problems, but to show the proper concern for the problems of our time!"

Yes, feelings over substance.

Like when I read my newspapers on-line so not to kill beautiful innocent trees. (Disregard that reading on-line requires an electrical/power infrastructure, semiconductors fabricated using toxic chemicals in energy intensive processes, etc.).

Posted by: dpt at November 6, 2007 2:14 PM

dpt is dead wrong if he thinks paper production is a green process and newspaper production doesn't require a huge infrastructure. Paper production also requires 10 Mega-joules of energy per kilogram (the weight of a typical newspaper) while I use only about 0.36 Mega-joules reading online for an hour.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_recycling)

Posted by: CharlieDontSurf at November 7, 2007 4:26 PM