Macho and Mulch: How I Bought My Prius: Law Technology News

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Reprinted with permission from the February 1 issue of Law Technology News. (c) 2010 ALM Media Properties, LLC. Further duplication without permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

Let's get one thing straight. I'm not what Fox News would exactly label a lefty, tree-hugging, egghead liberal. True, I did watch Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth and drank the Kool-Aid a bit, but not so much to completely eliminate Styrofoam and incandescent light bulbs from my life.

But I wanted a hybrid car, a low-fuel consumption vehicle that alternates between gas and battery power. In one fell swoop, I'd not only be transferring less money to unsavory foreign petrostates, but I'd also be reducing my carbon footprint. Regardless of your politics, data is data, and there's a correlation between increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and historically increasing global temperatures.

I didn't want just any hybrid, I wanted the Toyota Prius, with its great mileage. My family wasn't completely sold on the idea, and I was plagued with nagging doubts. Compared to our minivan, it seemed small and unsafe. I always assumed that our next sedan would be bigger and more comfortable than our 2004 Acura TSX.

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