um... why is everyone getting so burnt up about a big SUV? Are you that brainwashed that you think they're REALLY the sole cause of climate change? Have you done any research and seen all the rainforest that's being cut down to grow corn for "green" ethanol in South America??? You want to point a finger and get pissed? Look at the ship breaking operation at Chittagong, Bangladesh and other places in India where the toxic waste running into the ocean can be seen from space. The truth is that the environmental impact form an SUV is actually relatively small, and the pre '00 cars with V8s that are poorly tuned are belching out far more pollutants, and I didn't hear anyone talking trash to the guy with the Caprice doing 100. The car itself is far less damaging than the process to make it- every piece of a car that comes from the far east has essentially come from a smoke-belching, toxic waste-dumping abomination of environmental concern. The car or SUV itself would take decades to turn out the damage done in one afternoon by the process it takes to make one. From mining iron ore or recycling materials (from ships?!) to refining, to casting, to shipping, it all kills the planet. How do you think your car or all the parts to make it got here from China? A big ass boat floated 'em over here, which *gasp* polluted like a mofo on its way. How about Hybrids? Do you know what is going to happen to those huge Nickel batteries when the car dies? You probably never looked into it, so do you REALLY care? If you REALLY cared, you wouldn't buy a car at all- you'd get a mountain bike. Subaru is the only auto plant with 0-landfill waste, so buy a Subaru if you care. So stop hugging the tree so hard you can't see the guy behind you cutting 'em down! It honestly pisses me off to hear people act like you have to justify your purchases to someone else. SUVs are excessive, but then who are you? They're not illegal, bro and if you think buying a Prius is going to save this planet, sorry to rain on your parade. It's not.
I recycle everything, I drive a motorcycle in the summer and my Jeep sips gas in the winter. I pick up trash when I see it in the woods or on the street. I consider myself a middle-of-the-road green guy. I care, but also know I have no right to berate someone for wanting or having a big vehicle. SUVs aren't helping, but they are not the problem we should be concentrating out hate on, either.
I don't think large SUV's are the sole cause of climate change but they sure are not helping the matter. There are lots of other choices out there that could easily fit the needs of two people that would be a bit less excessive. The dude asked for opinions on a public forum, kind of can't help trying to persuade him in another direction whether he cares or not.
Also keep in mind that there is not an infinite supply of fuel on this earth. How much is open to debate but I don't peronally seeing gas getting any less expensive in our lifetime. I bet five years from now these vehicles will have very little value as noone will have the money to operate them. I also feel this way about all the large houses that have been built in recent years (families getting smaller, houses much bigger).
Remember in the early 90's how much people adored these vehicles. There was less talk of climate change and gas was dirt cheap with a seemingly endless supply. Times have changed and I think many resent these vehicles traveling down the road with lots of empty seats. They are sooo symbolic of American excess and yes I think there are many other choices that can be made besides buying a car.
Just because you can drive a suburban doesn't mean you should.Anyone that doesn't see 5$ per gallon gas coming in the next few years is blind. I hope I'm wrong.