Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Have You Hugged a Hummer Today?

A commentary by Shikha Dalmia on the Reason Foundation website is certain to provoke a reaction. Some will dismiss the comments out of hand, some will try to argue the numbers used, while others will actually read for themselves and witness another ecomyth bite the dust.

The commentary discusses the 'cradle to grave' costs of various cars and its tag line is the finding that a Hummer is less environmentally damaging than a hybrid vehicle (including a Toyota Prius).

Environmentalists love to preach about "full cost accounting" and how we should run our economy on its principles. I agree. And here are the numbers on automobiles: stop selling hybrids and both the economy and the environment will be better off.