Monday, April 21, 2008

How My Sister Celebrates Earth Day














Goodbye SUV, hello hybrid! Nice.

8 Comments:

Blogger Daria said...

that rocks! way to go~
= )

Happy Earth Day!--it's a beautiful, phenomenal planet!! : )

4:06 AM  
Anonymous POD said...

It is nice to see someone buying a vehicle that can carry a bag of groceries as well as an SUV:)

POD

5:17 PM  
Blogger Grinth said...

Living somewhere else other than LA:

"I bought a hybrid!"
"Wow. That's cool."

Living in LA:

"I bought a hybrid!"
"Why wouldn't you."

10:44 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

"Sounds Good, But"

http://www.newsweek.com/id/130628

1:57 PM  
Blogger Brandon said...

Actually, a cut and paste of your own link supports her:

"'Don't assume that because something's a hybrid it's better for the environment,' he says (though the Prius is)."

2:22 PM  
Anonymous POD said...

As the article that was referenced in the previous post... if the eco-friendly mantra is, "reduce, reuse, and recycle" then what is better: keeping a fuel efficient, well-maintained non-hybrid vehicle vehicle for a long period of time, or buying a new vehicle every five years and then trading eventually for a hybrid? What type of carbon footprint does the manufacture of a vehicle leave and how does it impact the environment?

Trading in a large truck for a hybrid does make decent sense especially if you want to stave off higher gas prices... but the overall improvement on the environment can probably be best done on the local level - imagine how much cleaner the skies of LA or Denver could improve if everyone drove non-emitting vehicles within city limits!

But in my specific experience... driving my constantly maintained Ford Escort for 14 years does much better on the environment than plunging on a hybrid that realistically only gets you 15mpg better on the highway... and as for now out here in Okinawa, I drive a 3cyl Daihatsu (http://www.cars-directory.net/specs/daihatsu/mira_gino/2000_7/) and I typically get greater than 35mpg on a gallon of gas - and that's city driving!

So message to America: start driving smaller cars and slow down!

8:34 PM  
Blogger Brandon said...

You all can have your cars, whatever size and shape they are! I'll keep my subway!

8:36 PM  
Anonymous POD said...

I definitely agree with you... but the nearest subway to me is across the ocean and over 1500 miles away!

3:28 AM  

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