I am thinking about buying a hybrid in the Fall. I've been doing a lot of research and my reasons are more environmental than saving money on gas or buying a new car. I've realized you can't tell anyone because everyone feels compelled to argue with you. Everyone has their ideas and mostly nonresearched beliefs on what a hybrid can and can't do. But, one arguement that I took seriously and am trying to decide on is the manufacturing of a hybrid. The decision to buy a Prius (for example) means you put an order in for a new car to be made so therefore elements need to be dug up and manufacturing plants are "turned on" creating pollutants and toxins that are put into our atmosphere. Will these toxins be just as bad or even worse for our environment? Is the decision to trade my car in and ordering a hybrid add to the problem? Will I cause more harm than good?