Last month AutoMotoPortal filled us in on the cars that famous geeks drive. It's interesting, if not surprising, reading. Turns out that Mike Dell drives a Hummer a good deal of the time; let's look at the environmental repercussions of that bit of information, and figure out what to do with it.
Treehugger keeps a running scorecard of Dell's operation. They have received high marks, and much of this credit could easily be attributed to Michael Dell himself; does he get Bonus for his hard work? Thoughts were muddied and confused on the issue, and some kind of comparison was needed. Let's take Mr. Dell, myself, and the "World Citizen" who survives on $2 a day (they are half the world's population by the way). Now, let's overlap these three guys with driving a Hummer, a Prius, and a Bicycle. Here are the results.
|Imagine...||Driving to work in a...||Environmentally, it seems like...||On second thought, this decision ...|
|Michael Dell||Hummer||couldn't he do with less car?||might be justified (don't billionaires need security personnel?)|
|Michael Dell||Prius||that would be a statement!||probably doesn't meet his needs as a global executive.|
|Michael Dell||Bicycle||wow!||is an idiotic waste of Michael Dell's time.|
|Myself||Hummer||what am I doing in this thing?||is one of most absurd decisions I made in my life!|
|Myself||Prius||I'm sacrificing some leg room, but it gets good mileage.||might be the next car for me.|
|Myself||Bicycle||if I don't get killed on the streets of Boston, I'll feel good.||is fairly unrealistic for a busy guy with a family.|
|World Citizen||Hummer||I hope it makes carrying water from the well ten miles away easier.||is none of my business - who am I to say what a guy living on $2 a day can and cannot do?|
|World Citizen||Prius||I hope it makes carrying water from the well ten miles away easier.||is none of my business - who am I to say what a guy living on $2 a day can and cannot do?|
|World Citizen||Bicycle||I hope it makes carrying water from the well ten miles away easier.||is none of my business - who am I to say what a guy living on $2 a day can and cannot do?|
Let's tally the results; Dell's vehicle of choice seems bad, but in fact it might be the most practical one of the three for him. The Hummer and bicycle were bad choices for this TH, but the Prius seemed good. Finally, I felt so bad for the $2 a day guy that I didn't really care what form of transportation they had.
Overall, it seems like practicality, tailored to personal needs and situation wins the day. I challenge the readers; is there a better environmental argument?