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September 11, 2011


The purchase of the electric vehicle reeks more of conspicuous consumption and technology fetishism rather than authentic green values. Your Prius is rather new, and as you say, is in good working condition. It doesn't seem very green to purchase a new vehicle with all the energy and pollution it takes to create it when you have a perfectly good eco car. Also, living in the country for leisure (I assume) and requiring 1 and probably 2 cars isn't very green either.

However, at least you're putting your money towards green technology. It's too bad you felt you couldn't spend the money more locally. Understandably, market values won out. I don't know much about Salem Nissan, but the owner at the electric car shop on 12th street is a stand-up guy.

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