Why Group Projects Are Never a Good Idea

I wrote a really long comment here that didn’t save.  I’m hoping it comes back.

 

Open to group of college age kids walking down the street when a hybrid car drives by.

Kid 1 – Have you seen the new hybrids?  They are so nifty.

Kid 2 – I hope that you are saying nifty ironically.

Kid 1 – Yaa.  I’m totally getting one.  They are so good for the environment

Narrator – Listen up, you really want to try and help the environment by purchasing a car, how about you purchased used ones instead of what you think is trendy.

Kid 2 – But they get such good gas mileage.

Narrator – And what is it that you consider to be good gas mileage?  If you take into consideration how much energy it took to actually make a hybrid motor, you might not really be doing much good for the environment.

Kid 1- what do you mean?

Narrator- Think about all the fuel that needed to be expended to make a new car, to heat the steal and make all the new parts.  For your new car to actually be good for the environment you have to consider the life of the car.  The difference in miles to the gallon or fuel disparity between the two car takes years to equal the difference in energy cost to produce the cars as hybrid engines are incredibly bad for the environment, and that is before you consider nickel and lithium production risks to the environment.

Kid 2- But don’t hybrid cars produce less emissions? Cars can run for a long time so it would be worth it in the end, right?

Narrator- No. If you were to buy a new hybrid compared to a fuel efficient non hybrid car, it would take an average of twenty-five years before the fuel disparity caught up to the production disparity, and that is assuming that your car even lasts that long.  The average life span of a car is a little over 13 years, meaning that unless you take exceptional car of your car, you more than likely will not be making a positive impact on the environment.  Now consider that even if you keep your car, that you might have to replace the engine, creating an even further gap in resources squandered for you to look cool in front of your friends.

Kid 1- well gee mister I never thought about it like that.

Narrator- That’s because your pants are too tight. No one wants to see every crack and cranny of your undercarriage.

Kid 2- So what do you recommend for people who want to have a positive impact on the environment?

Narrator- There are lots of things. Like walking, or riding a bike, or taking public transportation. But if you have to be lazy or live in the Midwest, it’s better to buy a used car with good gas mileage. More than likely if you need to replace parts, it’s relatively cheap and environmentally friendly since many places reuse parts from non-working cars. Also, you can make certain adjustments to your car to keep it at top efficiency: checking and replacing the filter regularly, make sure you schedule an annual check up for your car to make sure it is running properly, and replace the oil when you are supposed to.

Kid 1- I didn’t know there were so many things I could do as a person to help the environment. I thought all I needed to do was buy a car and that was it.

Kid 2- I guess there is a lot more to being environmentally conscious than we thought.

Narrator- Yes kids. And don’t forget to recycle.

 

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