Due to an accident our family needs to replace our car of 10 years. Normally we would make it last longer. The car needs to be big enough to transport the entire family. The only options meeting our requirements and near our price range either get poor gas mileage or are a more expensive Japanese made hybrid that gets 2x the mileage of the rest.
Due to the dolphin harvests, the Fukushima issue, and other reasons not universally relevant to the ethical aspect, I'd prefer to avoid a Japanese product. (Before anyone justifies the dolphin slaughter with a comparison to other CAFOs around the world the family is vegan so please don't bother.)
So essentially the questions is...
use almost half the gas over the life of the car, which in our case is usually beyond 10 years and indirectly support/ endorse inhumane practices and the worst nuclear disaster in history of planet...
Use almost 2x the gas over the life of the car and buy a product (at least assembled) somewhat locally?
What were talking about here is a difference of saving maybe 3000-5000 gallons of fuel depending on how long the car lasts. While that may get expensive over the next 10= years the financial cost will almost cancel itself out by the difference in vehicle price depending on how much gas goes up. Cost itself doesn't need to be considered for what I'm asking though. Just the burning of 3000-5000 gallons of fossil fuel vs behaviour I find conflicts with my ethics/ideology/sustainability principals.
Thanks for any thoughts or suggestions to formulas (official or your own) that might make this consideration easier.