With gas prices at an all time high, a Senate committee recently made strides in mandating higher Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards for automakers. Fuel efficiency may be the most popular environmental consideration for drivers but now people are considering broader ecological issues. An article, “Cars From Womb to Tomb: What's Really Green?”, posted on Edmunds.com, an online resource for automotive information, shares research on current “womb-to-tomb” environmental impact trends in the automotive industry. Edmunds.com reports that, from a holistic perspective, hybrids are not necessarily more environmentally friendly than pick-up trucks. Consumers who are genuinely interested in minimizing their environmental impact should research the production process, maintenance needs, emissions and recyclability of vehicles, not just their fuel efficiency.