From Umbra’s heartthrob, the Union of Concerned Scientists, a funny little interactive animated thingamajig making a point about the sway auto lobbyists hold over fuel-economy standards. It compares potential mpg, air pollution, and gas prices. And at the end there are hairy men in a hot tub. Does it get any better than that?

My two cents: I’m in the camp that high gas prices are a good thing, because then people presumably don’t drive as much, which is less wearing on the environment than even the most eco-friendly vehicle. Obviously. But I don’t currently have a car. If I did, I’m sure that concern for my pocketbook would bring me down off my high-and-mighty hill.

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Side note: Isn’t “pocketbook” a bit outdated? Who has a pocketbook anymore?

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