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You eco-nuts are infuriating. You base your claim that gasoline-powered cars are evil and extreme polluters on the idea that CO2 is a pollutant (its not, its a byproduct of life on this planet). Then you go and push things like the Prius or the Leaf that are supposedly, according to you, better for the environment. But the Prius, over its expected lifetime of 100k miles, will cost more in energy to build and operate than a Hummer will over its lifetime of 300k miles. It costs more energy to build a Prius than a Hummer. They mine the nickel in Canada, ship it to China where its turned into foam, ship that to Japan where its put into batteries, and it finally gets shipped to the US where it finds its way to a car dealer inside a car. Batteries are very heavy, even Lithium ion. So all of this energy has to go into producing a Prius, and the absolute bulk of the world's energy, especially in the places where Priuses are assembled, comes from coal, which produces this supposed "pollutant" known as CO2. So in driving a Prius, you're trading up to a vehicle that actually results in MORE of your dreaded "pollutant" CO2. And the Prius gets worse gas mileage than other bigger displacement fuel injected engines when its being pushed hard. Every time you merge onto the highway, you're getting less than 18mpg. If you merge in a big v8 BMW or Charger, you'll get better than that. Even cruising on the highway is more efficient in a standard full size car versus a PriusDon't believe me? Watch this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmxUsGiGp3w#t=3m11s
Then there's full-electric cars like the Leaf. If you drive one of these for its "environmental impact", you're an even bigger moron. The Leaf gets charged from a circuit at your home or place of work, so its being charged from the electrical grid. The overwhelming majority of electric power in this country is generated from coal. So yet again, you're giving up your gasoline car on the basis that it produces too much CO2, and switching to a car that runs off a battery that gets charged by a coal plant that produces CO2. And to make matters worse, that battery is full of caustic materials that, when mined, release lots of nasty REAL pollutants into the atmosphere causing acid rain and such. Don't believe me? Take a look at this nickel mining site in Canada: http://www.photoforager.com/wp-content/uploads/20... That's the Sudbury, Ontario nickel mine site...
Lead, Nickel, and Lithium are all toxic and dangerous to mine. The idea that you're saving the environment from pollution by buying an electric or hybrid is a total fallacy. The idea that CO2 is a pollutant and that you're saving the environment from CO2 by buying an electric or hybrid is also a total fallacy.
So go separate your neck from your sphincter.
Newt is my pick, for a huge list of reasons.