On the other hand, they are fun to drive and necessary for some users in some places. If you are a sportsman or a blonde on a cell phone you love them, but are they un-patriotic?
Love Suvs or hate them, their days are numbered. There is a growing call for controls on vehicle fuel consumption. The Washington Post notices:
Politics of Fuel Economy Catch Up to Automakers
War and Worries About Foreign Oil Increase Pressure
By Sholnn Freeman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
The auto industry is facing one of its toughest political battles in years as shifts in the political and business landscape have eroded its defenses against stricter fuel-economy standards.... more here
Congressional Democrats and environmental groups have new allies in the fight to mandate higher vehicle mileage, including a coalition of business executives and retired military leaders. President Bush's support of higher standards also has hampered Detroit's efforts to fend off new rules. Increasingly, the war in Iraq and related concerns over U.S. dependence on foreign oil are changing the dynamics of the debate.
"Something happened in the last five years, most likely the war in Iraq," said Mike Jackson, chairman and chief executive of AutoNation, the nation's largest chain of dealerships. "People see the connection that we went to war for the first time over oil, we stayed around over oil and we're back there over oil."
Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-N.D.) said the auto industry is confronted by a "sea change" in Washington, where lawmakers equate action on fuel economy with the issues of global warming, high gas prices, foreign oil dependence and the war in Iraq.
Attracting support from other senators on fuel-economy changes is "not an uphill push anymore," Dorgan said.
President Bush toured two Kansas City area auto plants yesterday to promote his plan to reduce gasoline consumption by 20 percent over the next decade. Speaking to workers at a Ford plant, Bush said he was looking forward to working with both Democrats and Republicans to reach his goals.
Bush also framed the issue in a national security context. "When you make one of these cars, you're helping the national security of the country," he said