Buy A Hummer Save The Planet...?
UPDATE: 13.12.07 - 'Mr. Green' of the Sierra Club has written an extensive retort to suggestion that a Hummer is better for the environment than a Prius. Worth reading...if you're still interested that is.
The iconic Hummer has evolved from utilitarian military vehicle to nouveau riche status symbol; its users embody consumerist, gas guzzling society which is driving the globe to the brink of destruction. While those with the wisdom and foresight are paying premiums for cars such as the Toyota Prius hybrid and are hailed as saviors.
In the now familiar environmental war, the Hummer is evil and the Hybrid good. However, a closer look reveals that this may not be the case and that Hummer drivers are the ones with the environmental awareness and Prius drivers, let’s just say, are doing more harm than good.
Building a Toyota Prius causes more environmental damage than a Hummer
that is on the road for three times longer than a Prius. As already
noted, the Prius is partly driven by a battery which contains nickel.
The nickel is mined and smelted at a plant in Sudbury, Ontario. This
plant has caused so much environmental damage to the surrounding
environment that NASA has used the ‘dead zone’ around the plant to test
moon rovers. The area around the plant is devoid of any life for miles.
The nickel produced by this disastrous plant is
shipped via massive container ship to the largest nickel refinery in
Europe. From there, the nickel hops over to China to produce ‘nickel
foam.’ From there, it goes to Japan. Finally, the completed batteries
are shipped to the United States, finalizing the around-the-world trip
required to produce a single Prius battery.
Through a study by CNW Marketing called “Dust
to Dust,” the total combined energy is taken from all the electrical,
fuel, transportation, materials (metal, plastic, etc) and hundreds of
other factors over the expected lifetime of a vehicle. The Prius costs
an average of $3.25 per mile driven over a lifetime of 100,000 miles -
the expected lifespan of the Hybrid.
The Hummer, on the other hand, costs a more fiscal $1.95 per
mile to put on the road over an expected lifetime of 300,000 miles.
That means the Hummer will last three times longer than a Prius and use
less combined energy doing it.