Originally Posted by addabox
You know, I really don't get something. Every time a Prius gets mentioned, there are reliably people who are going to immediately go into this "Oh, I guess you think you're all PC and saving the environment and shit and let me tell you pal, you're not" mode.
Why? Are people driving around in their Priuses, going "nyah nyah I'm better than you?"
Actually, yeah there are people who act self-righteous over their environmental actions. I'm a big recycler and whenever I'm at someone else's house, I ask where certain items "go" since I assume they recycle. When they don't I just make a place on the counter and sure enough, someone takes the cans instead of just tossing them. However I have been around situations where certain people use it as a means to damn or judge another person publicly. I've seen such items occur with cars as well, but find it hilarious that no one seems to do it at all with houses. (Everyone loves your big house.)
Like NOFER and his "hope you feel better driving your Prius mystic" line. WTF? I mean dude, did a Prius make fun of your dick, or what?
There are plenty of folks who basically condemn any choice of vehicle that is not a small fuel-efficient sedan. I know we can all do better fuel-wise. I've complained on here that fuel efficiency gains are being used to justify more luxury instead of less use. However a lot of folks don't look at the big picture and realize that there are needs for different types of vehicles.
OP says he likes his car-- likes its amenities and design, likes that it gets great gas mileage. How is that a challenge to anyone else? Why does it require that he be brought down a notch?
Why does stating the use of other vehicles and the need for them make prius owners or their supporters feel like they have been taken down a notch?
You know what's ironic? The attitude ascribed to Prius owners is exactly the same as what PC owners insist is going on with Mac users. I think the word is smug. Even down to the "how am I going to get any real work done with a wussy little toy" thing.
There are instances in both cases where that is very true though. I would love to own a small car. My brother and sister-in-law just bought a Honda Element. It is very cute and capable. My wife loved it to death, but then absentmindedly began thinking out loud about what she has to do, often with two or three kids in tow that it couldn't handle. I had to shush her and make her realize that she might be hurting their feelings in thinking out loud about how their brand new car wasn't right for her. I can't just think in the background here while telling you to enjoy your new purchase. The mode of communication doesn't really allow for that.
Just don't get it.
There's a lot of environmental smugness that I don't get either. I've asked hard questions about it on here and had people ignore answering them because they like the intentions of the party. Questions like "If the planet has a finite amount of carbon dioxide it can tolerate, isn't it immoral to go outside your allocation, even if others are willing to suffer through the loss of theirs for some sort of financial gain?" "Isn't this the rich just using the fact they already despoiled to gain financially, paying the poor to stay that way?"
I've asked about the energy costs of producing a new car versus the environmental costs of using an older car. The size of home as basis for an energy footprint versus just what you drive. You get a lot of people who made their token effort, want to feel good about it, and just want you to shut up while they act smug. That doesn't fly for me.