Who needs the Prius?  

rm_1spiderskiss 47M
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7/31/2006 11:08 pm
Who needs the Prius?

A little something I came across on npr:

Now comes the disturbing news that bicycle riding may be an environmental loser. According to a paper authored by professor Karl T. Ulrich of The Wharton School … Ulrich calculates that cyclists increase their longevity by 10.6 days for every year of cycling. And by living longer, they also stand to consume more energy over their lifetimes. Therefore, cyclists harm the environment more than they help it.

Ulrich acknowledges the paradoxical nature of his argument. "As a society, we value longevity more than long-term environmental impact," he writes. "If we did not, we might provide incentives for risky behaviors such as smoking, drug abuse and driving without seat belts."

But I say, why stop there? The fact is, there are too many humans on the planet and we consume too much energy for prolonged sustainability. Yet every other species on the planet self regulates. That’s why there is more grass than beetles, more beetles than rats, more rats than hyenas, more hyenas than lions. The animals at the top of the food chain exist in the smallest numbers except humans.

Therefore, I suggest we immediately implement a gene-splicing program to genetically engineer werewolves and vampires. Let’s bring humans down a notch on the food chain. We’ll be saving energy and be mighty thankful to be alive at the end of the day. Who’s with me?

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