Posted by Cathy F. on September 1, 2006, 10:49 pm
It came out to about a $K price difference for me when I was figuring them
both out in '04, but then I don't drive a huge amount of miles, & the price
of gas was around - what - <$/gallon then? OTOH, unless already driving a
car that costs over $0K, the Prius won't save you money, even in the long
run. OTOH, it may make one feel better, it is a statement, & its emissions
are even lower than the Corolla's. And it's a cool, fun car (IMO) - lots of
interior space, is a liftback, nicely designed, & that perfect quiet when at
a stoplight or sign is lovely.
Cathy (who's driving her 4th Corolla in a row, but would rather be driving a
Prius at this point)
You might even drive and price a 4cy Camry, if you can put
Posted by Bill on September 1, 2006, 11:30 pm
What will burning that extra gas do to the price of gas? Price follows
demand. It's the law. Also, where do the emissions from burning that extra
gas go? Into the air we breath. Did you know that if you could walk
vertically, you could walk to the end of the life-sustaining portion of our
atmosphere in less than an hour? Did you know that on a 3" scale model of
earth, the life-sustaining portion of the atmosphere would be .001" thick?
I'm 66, and every breath I take contains 5 times the carbon dioxide my
childhood breaths contained. In 2005, the U.S. dumped 1700 million tons of
hydrocarbons into our thin, fragile atmosphere, 24% of the global total.
Volcanic activity accounted for 3% of the global total. Meanwhile, the
burgeoning population of our planet, now over 6 billion and projected to be
from 9 to 11 billion by 2050, cleared and paved more green space, space that
served to clean hydrocarbons from that thin, fragile atmosphere. I ask you,
then, is your analysis part of the problem or part of the solution?
Posted by Cathy F. on September 1, 2006, 11:37 pm
He was looking at personal economics, only. But with a Prius (or any other
hybrid), there's more than that going on.
Posted by Bill on September 2, 2006, 12:13 am
Yes he was, Cathy, and that is incredibly short-sighted.
Posted by Andrew Stephenson on September 2, 2006, 1:07 pm
email@example.com "Cathy F." writes:
Mike seemingly can't be trusted on any subject but, when it comes
to hybrids or any eco-friendly technology, he goes totally bozo.
Notice how he habitually puts (or used to, back when I saw them)
a "LOL" at the end of his posts? In my mind, I translated that
as an effeminate manic giggle and imagined his family hearing it
from another room, then shaking their heads and sighing: "Uh-oh,
Uncle Mike is having another of his turns." He lives way off the
edge of Reality. (Sorry, Mike -- you should think about it.)