Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Hybrid, Schmybrid

Recently I’ve mentioned, at least I think I mentioned here that I am becoming totally skeptical about the “Green” and “Organic” industry and all the supposed good that these industries do for the earth. I love it when someone takes a rational look at something that someone is trying to sell us. So this one if for all who feel smug about having purchased a Toyota Pius…I mean Preus.

You will need to scroll down to the second video at this site, the one on Hydrid cars. These guys are great!

Fast Draw


Blogger Donna said...

That's great!

4:50 AM  
Blogger Hahn at Home said...

I'm just glad I got rid of the Ford.

6:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, for one, am getting pretty fed up with all the self appointed environmental czars spouting solutions to problems that might not even be real problems. Been aware of these types gaining governmental powers and it's kind of scary

9:03 AM  
Blogger weese said...

I could NOT agree MORE.
Also - I am hoping my next used car will be a Subaru. Because their plant in Illinois has ZERO waste. Absolutly nothing leaves their plant and goes to landfill... even from the cafeteria. (tho I still won't buy a new one)

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Bayou said...

You are right to be skeptical of the organic industry. It's a catch 22 for so many farmers because the certification costs so much. There are many farms that use organic methods but can't say so without going through the lengthy certification process which is just not realistic for many small farms.

We got a new Ru after a lengthy (failed) search for a used one. Apparently, people hold on to them for a long time so it's difficult to find any less than 10 years old. I'm more interested in seeing an affordable 100% electric vehicle than a pricey hybrid.

2:23 PM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

Wow. That was an eye-opener. I guess I won't be buying a hybrid anytime soon. All the other green alternative stuff is so expensive now I couldn't buy it anyway. I have a group of co=workers that are playing Tom Swift and trying to come up with totally electric or non-gasoline transport. It's fun to watch them debate the laws of thermodynamics to death. Hell, one of them may just succeed....

2:37 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Donna, it sure is.

What did you replace it with, Lori?

Anon, The government swings with the population, often too late and are slow to make course corrections until long after it's too late again. Just like this big ethanol facility that was built in Clatskanie. There is so much invested in it, and it's too late and too early to pull the plug on it.

Weese, the new ones smell so nice.

Bayou, I've been discussing the name you gave the Ru with Weese. Too funny!

Darev, tell them to wait until the technology catches up and the price of the components go down. For now Natural gas is the least expensive with the biggest bang at over 100 octane.

5:34 PM  
Anonymous g said...

I love my prius! 47.5 mpg.
Save the earth? Not why I bought it.

I look at buying a NEW prius as contributing the the economy. I'm supporting manufacturing jobs. Kind of like buying a new house as compared to a pre-owned house.

I could have bought a 2001 prius i guess. but with all the miles i put on, i couldn't risk my car being in the shop all the time.

If i could afford an electric Tesla, i'd buy one. A NEW one.

I also support fishing and logging and LNG.

So there mr schmybrid smarty pants guy. ;-)

I'd say more but i have an earth to save. think i'll go for a drive.

7:50 PM  
Blogger Mike S said...

Guy, this is waaay off subject(as I may not last another decade to buy a used hybrid), but we went to see a Celtic group from Scotland & Ireland at our local arts playhouse last week that would be perfect for blog fodder: They had flutes, accordians, bagpipes, and best of all? The drummer was blind and had a service dog on stage with him. All your favorite musical devices AND a dog in one place! How perfect!!:)

11:07 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

g, don't feel bad. Everyone justifies what they do, even Charles Manson...feel better? ; )

Mike, that description actually made me shudder. How could you stand it? Throw in someone eating on stage and I would have puked.

5:28 AM  
Anonymous g said...

i'm not sure. this week i've been called "draconian" by a client and now compared to charles manson.

thank you. i think. ;-)

12:14 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

g after all you did spend several years in politics. It could have been much worse.

12:31 PM  
Anonymous g said...

i'm in full remission now.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Ian said...

What, so the manufacturing cost of the used car magically disappears? How do we account for that?

I don't doubt that, adjusted for inflation, the hybrid costs more (probably much more) in terms of resources to manufacture, but I dislike simplification of these problems. Of course, I highly dislike our new economy of "buying green". The Prius falls into that category, along with things like "clean coal", alternative fuels, and cap and trade programs.

1:45 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Sometimes it's easier for people to understand when things like this are presented simply.

5:04 AM  

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