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Links Against SUVs

Yesterday, I brought out a collection of pro-pedestrian activist links. They’re all focusing on doing something right, increasing one’s positive involvement in a healthy and responsible form of transportation.

The truth is, though, that I do not simply have a positive activist personality. I also have a strong negative streak, especially when it comes to forms of automotive forms of transportation. I hate the intrusive loudness of cars and trucks. I hate the way that road traffic clogs human movement and splits communities. I hate the stench and the lung rotting pollution that comes out of the tailpipes that move all around us. I’m not just for walking. I’m against cars. I’m trying to use one as little as I can myself, and nothing would make me happier than seeing a nation of practically empty roads.

against sport utility vehiclesAmong the worst automotive offenders are the sport utility vehicles: SUVs. First, they’re items of conspicuous extravagance in a time when many Americans are having trouble with just the most basic elements of life. Second, they’re unnecessarily large, carrying extra weight, burning extra gasoline, and creating extra pollution when smaller, more efficient vehicles would do the job just as well. Third, they’re rude, blocking people’s safe view of traffic in order to give their drivers the feeling of being higher up than everyone else. People who drive SUVs tend to be selfish and bad company.

So, today, I’m offering a collection of links that embraces the negating side of transportation activism. The following are links to sites that focus on opposition to SUVs:

Earth On Empty
SUV Tipping
No SUV
Ban SUVs
Action Anti 4×4
FU H2
One Less Hummer
SUV Suck
Alliance Against Urban 4x4s
Anti 4×4 Consortium
– Our Anti-SUV activist button
(featuring the universal red circle slash symbol, placed atop a bulky sport utility vehicle – seen above)

5 thoughts on “Links Against SUVs”

  1. Bill says:

    But how will people know I’m superior to them if I don’t dress the part?

    1. ITimes says:

      One option would be to DO something worthwhile that other people could see.

      Another option would be for people to get to know you, rather by choosing to judge you at a moment’s glance.

      The status afforded by an SUV is shallow and short-lasting.

      1. Bill says:

        Oh my goodness no. ‘Achievement’ is for the grasping Little People. Real superiority is born, not made. And as for letting people get to know me…why do you think my security detail and I are locked up in this convoy of Urban Assault Vehicles in the first place?

  2. Tom says:

    Maybe they’ll notice when seawater starts seeping into their vehicles:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2164164/New-York-Washington-threatened-global-warming-study-shows-seas-rising-faster-East-Coast.html#ixzz1ynBKJaz5
    “From Cape Hatteras, N.C., to just north of Boston, sea levels are rising much faster than they are around the globe, putting one of the world’s most costly coasts in danger of flooding, government researchers report.

    U.S. Geological Survey scientists call the 600-mile swath a ‘hot spot’ for climbing sea levels caused by global warming. Along the region, the Atlantic Ocean is rising at an annual rate three times to four times faster than the global average since 1990, according to the study published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

    It’s not just a faster rate, but at a faster pace, like a car on a highway ‘jamming on the accelerator,’ said the study’s lead author, Asbury Sallenger Jr., an oceanographer at the agency. He looked at sea levels starting in 1950, and noticed a change beginning in 1990.” (there’s more)

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2164164/New-York-Washington-threatened-global-warming-study-shows-seas-rising-faster-East-Coast.html#ixzz1ynR8VLiF

  3. Tom says:

    and meanwhile, down on the ranch:

    Mysterious Mass Cattle Deaths May Be Caused By Random Grass Mutation
    http://www.weareaustin.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_2393.shtml

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