Somebody asked me
Do you have a hybrid car? For some reason, I was thinking you did. I am trying to find a Prius. Just wondering if you had one and had any opinions on it.
There are other ways to help the environment and save money without the large, depreciating capital investment of a new car.
- Stop driving as much.
- Stop buying as much stuff.
- Eat less meat, particularly red meat. You could potentially save as many greenhouse gas emissions as switching to a Prius, and possibly reduce your breast cancer risk at the same time. Hogs, cattle, and poultry are fancy ways to turn corn into flesh, while using a LOT of extra corn to keep the animal alive and fertilize (at best) or trash (think commercial hog farms in NC) their environment. The extra corn production results in extra greenhouse gas production; cattle have their own special contributions.
- Compost your food scraps (reduces methane generation in landfills).
- Insulate your house better.
Disclaimer: Looking cool not considered here ;)
See AskPablo: Should I buy a hybrid? and read the commentary as well. I still haven’t found a satisfying lifecycle analysis including what happens to my LeSabre when I switch. (I think I need to sell it to a little old lady who really has to have a car but doesn’t drive that many miles. Or I need to sell it to someone who will then get rid of their existing, more-polluting, more-guzzling vehicle.)
The big picture involves a population of zillions of drivers and zillions of existing vehicles which haven’t reached the end of their service life.
- Everybody needs to drive less.
- New cars added to the mix need to use fewer resources for production and operation and be easier to recycle.
- People who drive more need to have cars with higher gas mileage and which pollute less.
- Older cars need to be owned by people who can take care of them properly.
- Hopelessly polluting cars need to be sent to the crusher.