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Amorous Badger asks: Tell us tales of people who have a high opinion of themselves. Jumped-up officials, the mad old bloke who runs the Neighbourhood Watch like it's a military operation, Colonel Blimps, pompous bastards and people stuck up their own arse.

(, Thu 24 Jan 2013, 12:22)
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Drivers of hybrid vehicles.
Self-righteous sanctimonious wankers to a man. "I'm doing my part to save the environment!"

Fuck off. For starters, my 1990 Mazda gets about the same mileage as your brand-new save-the-penguins wagon. A used car means that much less steel being worked and that much less plastic being injection molded into a new vehicle.

And it doesn't require a load of batteries either. Do you know what's inside all of those batteries? Well, why don't I wait right here while you crack one open and eat a spoonful of its innards. Nasty shit, isn't it? Not exactly full of sunshine and candy and fluffy bunnies. Well, when you have to swap out the battery pack in a few years, where do you think all of that's going to go? Are you certain that it's going to be recycled? Even if most of it is, there's going to be some that doesn't make it. But as long as it's not in your back yard, who cares, right? They'll just ship it over to Somalia and let someone else deal with it.

Oh, and the new plug-in cars that don't burn petroleum at all? Aside from the battery question- just where do you think all that electricity is coming from? Somewhere there is a coal fired or nuclear plant that is working just a bit harder and putting out more pollutants because you plugged your car in. It's not that your car doesn't produce any emissions, it's that the exhaust pipe is miles away attached to a power plant. We won't even go into the efficiency losses of transmitting that power from there to you, running it through transformers which turn it into heat as they step down the voltage to something your car can use... no, you just go right ahead, smugly driving your environmental conscience around and telling the rest of us how superior your choice of transportation is.

But hey, why let reality get in your way?

(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 13:21, 32 replies)
Thanks, Jeremy Clarkson.

(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 13:29, closed)
nuclear doesn't emit carbon dioxide.
So ner.
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 13:39, closed)
^ This.
I say we cut out the middleman, and just fit nuclear reactors to cars - 0 emissions, and true excitement if anyone should crash.
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 13:49, closed)
mr fusion
fitted to a DeLorean. science fact. saw it on a film...
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 13:57, closed)
Haven't you played Fallout 3? So much as a sparrow farts nearby, and the whole thing cooks off!
(, Wed 30 Jan 2013, 15:11, closed)
tell us how
... you get it built, then :-)
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 14:00, closed)
On the backs of the Proletariat!

(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 19:36, closed)
reactors use carbon dioxide as a coolant - they leak. Bulk CO2 is delivered by combustion engine powered vehicles.
Nuclear power stations are frequently built in low population areas that have minimal infrastructure, and they'll be staffed by people who DRIVE to work.
(, Wed 30 Jan 2013, 19:40, closed)

The world's worst body odour?
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 13:40, closed)
It's okay.
I have a Jeep Wrangler with big off-road tires for going through the desert. I'm offsetting her lack of a carbon footprint every time I drive.
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 13:54, closed)
Well, at least SOME of us are prepared to lead a barren, joyless existence so you can have your fun.

(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 14:01, closed)
Or simply use public transport.
Then you can look down at everyone.
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 13:41, closed)
Especially if you sit on the top deck.

(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 13:45, closed)
Train rides in India FTW.

(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 14:08, closed)

look down at smell
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 13:47, closed)
and relived of the burden of controlling a car
it leaves you free to read or in the case of the chap sitting next to me this morning ...industriously scratch your arse then sniff your fingers
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 16:13, closed)
Oh yes indeed
You must meet the acquaintance of mine who, having been taken rich, bought a Tesla Roadster (a hundred grand's worth of flimsy, impractical penis extension made of carbon fibre and petrochemicals) and drives around sneering at the poor in their conventional cars. The ones that don't need a fifty grand battery pack every five years.
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 14:22, closed)
Well, I still intend to purchase a car that runs on hydrogen, or convert one
not for any environmental purposes, mind. Just so it's like KITT off Knight Rider.
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 15:00, closed)
I'm going to put this on a t-shirt.
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 16:01, closed)
They're not all 'I'm saving the world' twats.
Some of them are cynically avoiding paying the congestion charge by driving something like a Lexus450Rh which still sports a 3.5 litre petrol V6 as well ass the hybrid motor.
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 17:27, closed)
At least with an electric car
There's the possibility of it becoming less polluting as more electricity is generated by renewables.

But then again, I cycle, so fuck you.
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 17:42, closed)
My bicycle is better than yours and
the chain lubricant I use is better than yours. So ner.
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 19:07, closed)
I lubricate mine with the blood of pedestrians.

(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 19:13, closed)
...therefore using more energy from the body....
.... which you replenish with ohhhh one more burger than you'd have otherwise, which creates an overall growth in the number of cows, which fart alot and release methane which is 15 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide is...

I'm saving the planet - I drive a car.
(, Wed 30 Jan 2013, 7:54, closed)
You know how sometimes you start typing something and realise that you're a dick and delete it all again?
I bet you wish that had happened a few words into typing that, eh?
(, Wed 30 Jan 2013, 7:56, closed)
Care to enlighten me, oh humourless one?
(, Wed 30 Jan 2013, 9:18, closed)
Chin up, son.
One day you'll save up enough money to buy a newer car and won't have to putter around with your Jap banger struggling to carry that massive chip on your shoulder.
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 19:12, closed)
Says the man
with a fucking pallet of Doritos on his shoulder.
(, Thu 31 Jan 2013, 0:15, closed)
Top Gear should do a mileage test on a Prius with all the batteries and leccy gubbins taken out. I bet it'd get a better mpg

(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 20:19, closed)
Where's that post
by the self-important arse who sneers at Prius drivers?

(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 21:36, closed)
I drive a hybrid.
Half-serpent, half-lion.
(, Thu 31 Jan 2013, 9:18, closed)
My boss just bought a Nissan Leaf
Mainly so he doesn't have to pay road tax.

But also so he can charge it up on the leccy bill at work (the business he owns) and not pay for that out of his own pocket either, it being a limited company and all.
(, Thu 31 Jan 2013, 16:26, closed)

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