wombat_socho (wombat_socho) wrote,

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You can have my SUV when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.

As a follow-up to the immensely popular Peak Oil post from earlier in the week, I offer this post from Instapundit on why getting rid of SUVs ain't gonna happen. I've said before in comments on other peoples' LJs that the main reason we have so many SUVs around these days is because the federal fuel economy standards killed the station wagon - minivans and SUVs, which were both defined as trucks, were both exempt from the MPG requirements, and once those began selling like hotcakes, the station wagon was doomed.

There's lots of interesting links in that post, pertaining to the reasons why there's no substitute for trucks out west or minivans/SUVs in the suburbs, and why a lot of folks in the Blue states just don't get it. Also, check this post (also via Instapundit) about hybrid cars and blogs, especially WRT the successful drive by Toyota EV owners to allow more lease-end purchases of the vehicles in question.

BTW, I don't really agree with the tag "zero-emissions" for electric cars. All you're doing is pushing the emissions back up the fuel chain to the electric company, and with only 20% of the national electric supply coming from nuclear reactors, the odds are pretty good that there's some coal, gas or oil getting burned so you can recharge your batteries.

UPDATE Lynn Kiesling points out that despite the recent surge in gas prices, on average gasoline represents a smaller share of the household budget than it did in the 1970s. My personal experience is that this is very true: when I was working for High's in the late 1970s, the average price of 90 octane at Sunoco was about a dollar, which was 20% of my hourly gross wage of $5. These days, it's about $2.50 for the same gas, and that's a little over 15% of what I make at the Evil Banking Neighbor. Add in that my Kia gets better MPG than my old Corolla hemi-head, and I'm way ahead of the game.
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