I have a bunch of cars and trucks. One of them is a Prius, which is my daily driver. It is a very cool car.
But when people compliment me for driving it, I ask them why they are complimenting me. They always talk about my care of the environment (which I actually do), saving natural resources, and being a good example. Gotcha, beyothches.
Then I tell them that the province in China where the batteries are made was a paradise on earth 15 years ago. Middle of nowhere, lakes, forests, trees, animals, etc. Garden of Eden beautiful. The battery plant was put there because it was far from people, and scrutiny.
Today, that same province is the home to the one plant that makes the batteries for the hybrid cars, including the Prius. That province today looks like a moonscape. No plants, no animals, everything DEAD. Why? Because the manufacture of the hybrid batteries is one of the most toxic processes ever known. It has destroyed an entire ecosystem in 10 years.
I bought the Prius because I drive over 100 miles every day, sometimes 200+. Almost 6 years later it still gets 45mpg. My Dodge Durango (previous daily driver) gets 9mpg. In the 5.5 years I've driven the Prius I have saved $1200 a month in gas expenses.
Hippies and tree huggers are overly emotional idiots who have no idea what they are talking about. And I'm about to get another Prius for my wife to drive. Guess why?