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January 21, 2003
I have two observations regarding the scorn being lumped upon these vehicles and a comment about the use of ours.
First, Arianna Huffington's ad campaign linking SUVs and terror is just a bit ironic once you factor in the TREMENDOUS amount of jet fuel she uses every trip on her private jet...
Now comes this article from Reason that points out something that is news to me. Namely, there is tremendous scientific proof that adding weight to passenger cars saves lives and not necessarily in direct proportion to the fact that others are driving smaller cars as skeptics might think. The number one way to comply with CAFE is to reduce the size and weight of the auto, so the drive for higher gas mileage is a direct trade off in more road deaths. No blood for oil indeed...
Finally, we have an SUV for two very simple reasons. It is the extremely rare car that can tow a 4 ton boat or 2.5 tons worth of your best friend's furniture. Further, my wife and I have survived a roll over crash, and now that we have a child we will accept no less than one of the safest cars on the road.
Posted by hoffmang | January 21, 2003 04:43 PM