From Cele|bitchy, the blog of stylish celebrity escapism, this eco-news about Sir Paul, who got a gift of a Lexus LS600hl hybrid car from Lexus, but they shipped it to him by plane! Hopefully the plane carried other cargo…
“…$158,000 Lexus LS 600h, a luxury sedan that offers both high performance and a reassuring “green” patina because it uses a hybrid system that relies on an electric motor at low speeds.
Best of all, it was to be a gift from the Lexus car company, which sponsored McCartney’s 2005 tour of the United States. But environmentalists quickly pointed out that the use of a cargo plane to deliver the car to England completely offset any environmental gains resulting from the car’s use. “It’s like driving the car 300 times around the world,” says Gary Rumbold, the director of the British branch of co2balance, which helps businesses and individuals gauge their carbon emissions footprint.
McCartney’s spokesman, Stuart Bell, confirmed that the musician had received the car as a gift and that it had been flown to Britain, but said he could not comment about the decision to use a plane until he had all the details. …”
Are hybrids as good (on gas, maintenence, costs of manufacturing) as they should be?
Treehugger did a mini-survey on “the hybrid hype”
Just utter the word “hybrid” in a room full of TreeHuggers and you’ll likely find yourself in the middle of a heated debate. As one commenter noted recently: “every time there’s something about a hybrid (on TH) someone chimes in that they don’t actually get the mpg that they claim, that cars are not the solution, or that small cars are better.”
Seems like there’s always a compromise, (unless you’re walking!) but I think you shouldn’t resent your lifestyle (or compromise safety – ie drive a tiny three cylinder car like a Geo) and every bit of gas we can save helps. The hybrids (in my opinion) are cool because they make you aware of consumption (their dashboard is pretty distracting!) so you can adjust your way of driving on the fly…
If you’re comparing to your bike it’s certainly not the best, but if you’re comparing to your old SUV, hybrids are a great start, and the fact that people are grumbling that they’re not good enough will be hopefully good for progress!