SMUGGED OUT: Poof Goes The Prius

Posted on April 17, 2009 by LCT Magazine

BYE, BYE PRIUS? Shhhhhh. Don't TELL THE TRUTH to Prius owners. We'll just let them stay self-satisfied so their superiority complex keeps us amused.

What did P.T. Barnum say? Oh well, the Prius sounds like a ready-made plan from the stimulus-mongers in D.C.: Pay more for a car that doesn't really save on gas, comparably cut carbon emissions, or even provide much comfort. Then grab a tax credit, pat yourself on the back, and pretend you're cutting carbon to fight warm weather. What's more, use eco-peer pressure to persuade people to pay for the privilege of riding in it. 

Bernie Madoff, anyone? ("Why, Bernie, you even made off with my Prius!") 

"Tax credits are no longer available for the Prius and maintenance costs for the hybrid may be higher than for gasoline-powered vehicles. Beyond that, the mining and fuel required for the transportation and production of the batteries may not actually reduce your carbon footprint as much as you’d expect. Plus, you can actually get gas mileage that’s just about as high with a small gasoline-powered car." -- Main Street/TheStreet.com

--M.R.

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