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June 10, 2004

Pas de SUV en Paris? Oui!

Lately I’m feeling increasingly hostile towards the Large Car Drivers in our midst. My fists clench and get sweaty every time I see a Hummer. When I do drive to work (and I carpool, thank you), I have to squeeze my little car squeeze in between the giant 4x4 trucks and SUVs with Bush in 2004 stickers on them. It makes my blood pressure rise and a Tourettes like syndrome takes me over. Yesterday while walking back from lunch we saw a red Hummer parked in my narrow street neighborhood, and in front of my house we watched a Ford Explorer unload two tiny people.

So I was pretty excited to see this story on MSNBC this morning. Okay, it’s in France and we all know what a bunch of freedom hating commies the French are, but still, still. This is a nice sequel to the London law which charges you 8$ a day to drive your car in town.

I’ve been missing the brave guys and gals that started the “I’m changing the environment, ask me how” bumper sticker campaign, though I did think they were way too subtle. I’ve been joking about creating “Fuck the Environment” stickers for the big ass cars choking the streets of my neighborhood, but I hear stickering cars that aren’t your own is vandalism.

The other night we watched a PBS broadcast of Scientific American Frontiers in which Alan Alda questioned a number of upper management white shirts about why it’s taking so long to get alternatively fueled cars on the market. “The market demands it” was the single note reply. “No one thinks they need 500 horsepower,” the husband scoffed at the TV. “They wouldn’t even consider it if it wasn’t on the market.”

We talked about this a little bit in my carpool this morning. One of the things that came up was how Iceland is trying to build a fuel economy based solely on hydrogen produced using their considerable geothermal power. It makes good sense to me. I hear you can make hydrogen fuel using wind and sun. We've got plenty of both in the US. Plus, imagine how peaceful we'd be if we were able to produce our own fuel.

Posted by pam at June 10, 2004 02:32 PM | TrackBack
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If I could I'd shoot all the SUV drivers and set their "cars" on fire!

Posted by: Johnny X on June 29, 2004 08:35 PM
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