No, I’m not talking about off road capabilities, but environmental impact. I’m sure 99% of the country, when asked which vehicle is better for the environment, would choose the Toyota Prius. But they’d be wrong, incredibly. Read the piece published by the Reason Foundation:
Spinella spent two years on the most comprehensive study to date – dubbed “Dust to Dust” — collecting data on the energy necessary to plan, build, sell, drive and dispose of a car from the initial conception to scrappage. He even included in the study such minutia as plant-to-dealer fuel costs of each vehicle, employee driving distances, and electricity usage per pound of material. All this data was then boiled down to an “energy cost per mile” figure for each car.
Read the whole eye-opening piece. My first reaction to reading this was to laugh out-loud. I think about all the vandalism being committed across the country by idealistic, mislead kids, and wonder how they’d react to this. (There’s even a sophomoric web site plainly showing what I mean. Warning: foul language.) I’d guess with attempting to pick it apart or attack the author, then to denial, then anger, and finally move on to ignore it completely. It’s always a hard thing to have your world view challenged so completely. Poor kids.