Climategate – Toyota Prius Flagship Vehicle Of AGW In Trouble
Posted by Tory Aardvark
Aardvark was not going to have a go about the Prius being just another part of the AGW scam to come undone, until Aardvark came across this article in the Guardian: “The Prius deniers“.
A full 2 minutes of uncontrollable laughter passed before Aardvark realised that this was a serious article, there are so many things one can now deny in the Church of Climatology: Climate Change, Al Gore’s sainthood, Pachuari is a scientist, Phil Jones is an honest scientist and now you can deny a car. Some where between laughable and surreal in it’s earnestness.
The Prius has a brand image that very obviously plays off its owner’s self-image. Why choose one unless you want to advertise to all other car-owners that you’re some kind of tree-hugging do-gooder? This wilful buying-in to ethical consumption explains why it’s such a great target for satire – from South Park’s episode, Smug Alert!, to the fake “Well, at least he drives a Prius” ads.
To see the Prius recalled due to a manufacturing fault has caused an outbreak of global gloating not equalled since Silvio Berlusconi got decked. As such, it’s fulfilled its role as a car. Everyone from SUV-drivers to Ferrari boys to those timid souls intending to buy a Prius (but not just yet) has good cause for the schadenfreude of the rear-view mirror – which is what happens when Vorsprung durch Technik is seen to have broken down by the side of the autobahn. And, by appearing so obviously fallible, the Prius’s role as symbolic Saviour of the Planet has clearly been undermined. That position, though, is never going to be a smooth ride. It’s a clean job, but someone’s gotta do it.
The problem with the Prius and the whole AGW scam is that only selected out of context sound bytes are used, the inconvenient truths of reality are ignored.
So if you own a Prius what does it say about you?
I am a Green Eco Warrior saving the planet?
No not really, it really says you are a gullible fool who lacks the imagination to think things through and ask questions.
You were told in Greenspeak that the carbon footprint of a car was it’s use, which is only part of the story; the part that supports the AGW scam but like AGW it’s a lie.
The “carbon footprint” of car is manufacture, use and destruction which is a vastly different story.
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.
Wait, I haven’t even got to the best part yet. When you pool together all the combined energy it takes to drive and build a Toyota Prius, the flagship car of energy fanatics, it takes almost 50 percent more energy than a Hummer – the Prius’s arch nemesis.
That is the environmental cost of the Prius battery to Canada, and the batteries still have to be shipped to Japan consuming still more fossil fuels.
The Prius has a life of 100,000 miles or roughly 6 – 7 years before being scrapped and recycling which is where the batteries score another environmental hit.
The picture has three vehicles: Classic Series IIA Land Rover, Hummer and a Prius.
They are arranged in the order of environmental impact with the lowest on the left and the Environmental Holocaust the Prius on the right.
In recent survey the average life of a Land Rover is 40 years, the Hummer takes less energy by 50% to manufacture and the Prius is not really environmentally friendly except when doing under 30 mph.
The Prius should be denied and production stopped immediately, the damage being done to Canada and the local environment for the batteries, far outweighs any gains from the non existent threat of CO2 emissions saved.
The Prius is like everything to do with AGW is just a scam obscured by smoke and mirrors.
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About Tory AardvarkClimate Realist, Conservative and proud NRA member. I don't buy into the Man Made Global Warming Scam, science is never settled. http://toryaardvark.com @ToryAardvark on Twitter ToryAardvark on Facebook
Posted on February 10, 2010, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, Church Of Climatology, Climategate, Green Lies, ManBearPig, Social Engineering and tagged Anthropogenic Global Warming, Church of Climatology, Climate Change, Climategate, ManBearPig. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.