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Friday, April 25, 2008

“Green” Hummers

Hummers are notorious for being gas-guzzlers. It can travel a measly 15-16 miles on one gallon of gas. That is why it is labeled as one of the most inefficient vehicles when it comes to gas mileage. People are praising green cars for addressing issues related to the environment, and Hummers are farthest in the minds of people when it comes to this matter. But little do people know that Hummers, to a certain degree, can be considered green. Well, not technically speaking, of course.

Green cars are popular for being very fuel-efficient. That is what people notice firsthand. But little do they know the resources used in the production of this vehicles. Roger Marolt of the Aspen Times wrote:
A report by the organization Target of Opportunity notes that AM General has decided not employ the use of nickel batteries in their vehicles, which are found extensively in the Prius, and are, in fact, at the nucleus of Prius’ hybrid power plant. The nickel for these Prius batteries is mined and smelted in Sudbury, Ontario, causing a nightmare of environmental damage.

According to David Martin, Canadian Greenpeace energy-coordinator, “The acid rain around Sudbury was so bad it destroyed all the plants and the soil slid off the hillside.”

Hummers, on the other hand, may not be as fuel-efficient as other vehicles, but GM’s commitment to making its production as environmentally-safe as possible is definitely laudable. Several technologies and safeguards are used so that in the production of every Hummer, the damage done by the production of eco-friendly cars is not replicated. That’s what makes Hummers green. And GM finally has plans of making the Hummer as fuel-efficient as any car that you see on the streets. That would set the GM marquee a step above the rest.