Leave it to television to expand upon a green myth more legendary than death by CFL bulb. In a recent episode titled Green Christmas (aired Dec 18, 2007) on the popular television program Boston Legal, the “Hummer is greener than a Prius” debate became a central topic. Not only that, but the writers of the show did some sloppy fact-checking and failed to discover that this popular myth has been debunked many, many, many times. Instead, they simply tout the green credentials of Hummers as fact, leaving yet another segment of the population confused and ill-advised. Here’s ABGs summary of the episode:
“Crane Poole and Schmidt, is sued by a group called “Green People” for fraud because they said they were green but actually were not. In the court case, a board member of Green People is asked which car he drives? He says a hybrid, to which the Boston Legal firm’s lawyer Katie responds saying a Hummer is greener because of the way batteries are made. On top of that, she says hybrids reduce the cost of driving which encourages more driving and in the end more pollution.”
Ugh. More junk science delivered into the living rooms of Americans. Who writes this stuff? Pat Sajak?
Check out the video from the episode below: