Thursday, June 5, 2008

Paul McCartney's gas hog of a hybrid

Taken from Gas 2.0

In a perfect example of why Cliff’s Notes don’t substitute for reading the whole book, the method by which Paul McCartney’s new luxury hybrid was delivered to him has ruined any environmental gains that might have been made by driving a hybrid in the first place. Indeed… his brand new Lexus LS 600h hybrid was flown to him by cargo plane. Questions of whether or not a 5.0-liter, V-8, 19 mile per gallon luxury behemoth really exemplifies the spirit of a “hybrid” aside, the judgment involved in shipping cars by airplane is enough to cringe at.
The post continues with a back of the hand calculation that summarizes the Lexus 600h, while in transit, posted a whopping 4 mpg from Tokyo to London.

Sir McCartney forgot to view his actions in the whole grand scheme of things, which we all do, but we must overcome if we want to get anywhere on tackling global climate issues.

Let's hope Sir McCartney doesn't open a hybrid car importing service anytime soon.

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