Toyota Prius: Happy, Shiny, and Hard to Kill Yourself With

Edward Niedermeyer
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Ironically, suicide is considered very environmentally friendly.

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  • Psarhjinian Psarhjinian on Sep 16, 2009
    Actually I was serious, at what point does the population size change that equilibrium, especially considering that the population is heavily condensed into cities and the general degredation that the population causes (not including unlocking carbon). The problem caused by too many people is resource usage. In our case, that's defoliation and soil erosion, mass-scale carbon unlocking (greenhouse), ocean chemistry changes (this is a nasty one that people tend to not think about) and atmospheric chemistry (ozone, acid rain). Just cramming a lot of people in one place doesn't have that much effect. The biodensity of the rainforests is much higher than any city, and what tends to happen is that photosynthetic organisms and oxygen breathers proliferate in common until they hit a balance. What people do is actively destructive and prevents that balance from being reached because we just keep tipping the scales. Worse, it can transcend the biosphere's ability to balance and can work it's way up to chemical and fluid dynamics. What we're doing to the oceans (acidification) is going to hurt us far more than the effects of GHG on land ever will, and it's happening because we're not reigning in the distortion. There is evidence that the little ice age was directly influenced by the decimation of the indian empires in the americas and the reforestation that took place afterwards (the forests pulled more carbon than was being produced and global temps dropped), at what population point would the opposite happen? The ability of forests to suck up carbon is limited. One of the more telling indicators is in ice core samples: athmospheric carbon levels have never fluctuated as much and as quickly as they have since industrialization, and we haven't seen levels of ocean acidification like we have now. We're well on the way to being beyond what the biosphere can cope with. You'd have to plant a heck of a lot of trees to fix this. Getting the population down would help, but so would conserving resources and not making things worse.
  • Bryanska Bryanska on Sep 16, 2009

    Yeah, suicide is hilarious until it happens to someone close to you. If Toyota was behind this ad, for that reason alone I am very, very hesitant to buy one ever.

  • ZoomZoom ZoomZoom on Sep 17, 2009

    It's obviously not a Toyota advertisement. The most obvious thing missing was a shot of the dashboard clock showing the passage of time. Just how long was he in the car? But at first, I thought it might be a Geico "Cave Man" commercial. I have known two people who committed suicide. It's a terrible thing; not funny at all. The person who commits it leaves his loved ones with as much or more sadness and pain than he himself had. It's hard for those remaining to move on; many cannot. And it's impossible for them to understand. That said, I found the video to be more of a music video and not so much a car commercial; as I said, it's not a Toyota advert. Besides, the car DOES produce emissions. Low, yes, but that engine will run when the hybrid battery drops to about 40% SOC; and that rarely takes more than 5-10 minutes even with the air conditioning turned off. And no gas engine will run without producing SOME noxious poisonous fumes. Just sayin'.

  • Auto insurance man Auto insurance man on Sep 17, 2009

    "But at first, I thought it might be a Geico “Cave Man” commercial." Exactly. sorry to say i do not like the caveman and almost did not watch the video. Glad i did.