Originally Posted by xilt
Originally Posted by lolakitty23
So, my question and concern is this: why are vehicles getting bigger and bigger if we need to start thinking about conserving oil?
Stupidity? Class status? Decadent and conspicuous 1st world consumerism? Lack of education and sensitivity about our environment and dependence upon fossil fuel sources?
Brilliant post, xilt. Up until last December, we had a 1990 Geo Metro. We drove it from Ohio to Minnesota and back several times, and each time it carried all three of us and a whole carload of stuff. Once, it also held my cello. (It rode in the back seat next to the kiddo, like another person.
Quite frankly, I think it's all about arrogance and a ridiculous sense of self-entitlement. Sadly, I think it's an American epidemic - and I say this as a lifelong American and patriot. We are, as a nation, environmental idiots who have trouble seeing past next year. Thank goodness that foreign manufacturers, such as Toyota and Mercedes, are taking such an active role in producing more efficient vehicles, because we certainly couldn't lead the charge.
I'm eternally annoyed by the fact that some efficient vehicles have a hard time getting introduced in America. Europe and Canada have had the Mercedes SmartCar 'fortwo' for years. It's a brilliant vehicle, tiny and tough as a much larger sedan. It gets better mileage than a Metro and looks a far sight cuter. It also runs on diesel, which bodes well, as biodiesel is attempting to make a comeback. This vehicle has not yet been introduced in America, and it is an illegal import. They are
planning to bring the SmartCar over... but only the 'fortwo's bigger counterpart, the 'forfour'. This American version of the 'forfour' gets worse mileage, is twice as large, and runs on unleaded. How interesting
. (she says, eyes rolling.)
I'm hitting my stride now. Time to step away from the keyboard.