I dont have a long diary to write, but thought this was odd. While looking at Amazon, I noticed a banner ad in the corner, loudly proclaiming "HYBRIDS ARE EVIL: FIND OUT WHY". So I clicked through, and saw this:
You heard it here first, and here’s why: They cost more money, don’t deliver an equal value for all that cash and will keep the filthy little foreign oil rats in business for another 30 years. Hybrids do nothing well but everything okay. That makes about as much sense as diet soda, fat-free ice cream or low-tar cigarettes.
What then follows is a long, hyberbolic rant on the evils of Hybrids and why you should, nay, MUST avoid them at all costs. The site is MyRide.com, which seems to be an offshoot of AutobyTel, and claims as its mission:
MyRide.com, the consumer-driven flagship site of Autobytel Inc., expands the company’s mission across the automotive purchase and ownership life cycle. As the first vertical search experience for the automotive marketplace, MyRide.com is designed to connect Internet-savvy consumers to all things automotive from across the Web, a site where shoppers can find cars, parts and accessories; see and share thousands of vehicle photos and automotive-themed videos; research to buy vehicles based on the vast amount of available information, including local dealership details; learn from the best automotive publishing brands and writers; and belong to communities focused on their unique automotive interests.
Ok...sounds fairly innocuous. So why are they coming out so strongly against Hybrids? I'd be curious to find out the background on this. Are they being funded by auto companies desperate to move the SUV's now rusting in dealerships across the country? In theory at least, a used car site doesnt have any interest in tearing down a particular make or model of car, especially since Hybrids will soon be entering the used car market in much higher — and rapidly climbing — numbers than before.
Mind you, I'm not blind to the limitations of Hybrids or the attempts of some auto companies to use Hybrids to greenwash their image while providing little in the way of actual environmental benefit. But this wholesale assault strikes me as odd.
Does anyone know more?