I first heard about this from my wife and I thought to my self, “How could the Prius, a favorite amongst environmental Hollywood Superstars, be bad for the environment? Could the Hummer actually be better for the environment?”
Well, the answer to the second question is yes, and the reason lies in the answer for the first. The Reader’s Digest version is that construction of the Prius requires more total energy than the Hummer, but not only that it causes more environmental damage.
…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.The nickel is then shipped to Europe where it is refined. Next stop china where it is further processed. From China the nickel travels to Japan where the batteries for the Prius are constructed. Finally the batteries are shipped back to North America where they are installed in the Prius. Wow… this doesn’t sound very environmentally friendly.
The plant is the source of all the nickel found in a Prius’ battery and Toyota purchases 1,000 tons annually. Dubbed the Superstack, the plague-factory has spread sulfur dioxide across northern Ontario, becoming every environmentalist’s nightmare.
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.It appears as if the Prius is a wolf in sheep’s clothing which confirms two things I’ve always known; 1. Appearances can be deceiving. 2. The Hollywood Elite do not have the answers to all life’s problems.
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