Arid Wilderness story finally retracted by the Mail on Sunday

Discussion in 'Environmental Discussion' started by MegansPrius, May 14, 2007.

  1. MegansPrius

    MegansPrius GoogleMeister, AKA bongokitty

    Nov 19, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    2007 Prius
    The link that formerly led to the arid wilderness misinformation (oh, no, uhm, I mean misinterpretation) piece now leads to the following:

    Toyota factory
    Last updated at 09:34am on 9th May 2007
    It has come to our attention that a story originally published in the Mail on Sunday has apparently been misinterpreted by some of our readers.

    In order to prevent further misinterpretation, we have removed the article from our website. The following letter was published in the Mail on Sunday on May 13, 2007:

    Your article about the Inco nickel factory at Sudbury, Canada, wrongly implied that poisonous fumes from the factory had left the area looking like a lunar landscape because so many plants and trees had died. You also sought to blame Toyota because the nickel is used, among countless other purposes, for making the Prius hybrid car batteries.

    In fact any damage occurred more than thirty years ago, long before the Prius was made. Since then, Inco has reduced sulphur dioxide emissions by more than 90 per cent and has helped to plant more than 11 million trees.

    The company has won praise from the Ontario Ministry of Environment and environmental groups. Sudbury has won several conservation awards and is a centre for eco-tourism.

    Dave Rado
  2. tripp

    tripp Which it's a 'ybrid, ain't it?

    Oct 23, 2005
    Denver, CO
    2005 Prius
    Baby steps. This bollocks hasn't really hindered sales of the prius, but it's good to get this rubbish out of the way early in the game. I think the Prius' biggest contribution to change will be taking the battery life argument out of the equation. As people see that the battery life isn't really an issue it will cease to be an argument by the opposition.