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What's the verdict on the Prius?

I own a Toyota Prius and have been getting into debates over how environmentally friendly the car really is. I had one guy send me a link to an article that compares the Prius to a Hummer ans shows the hummer has a loew cost of ownership. This article is flawed in that it expectes a Hummer to last 300,000 miles and a Prius only 100,000 so that comparison is not fair.

http://www.impactlab.com/2007/03/14/prius-outdoes-hummer-in-environmenta...

I've listened to a great deal of podcasts on the prius and from what I hear it sounds like the manufacturing of the car is not very green (especially the battery) but that the low fuel usage makes up for that (and alot more) over a lifetime. Is that about right?

All opinions are welcome

Frank from Chicago