Suburbanite Soccer Moms in FordSaturday, November 16, 2002
Suburbanite Soccer Moms in Ford Explorers Kill Bangladeshis: This has got to be one of the most hysterical letters I have ever seen – from Carl Pope, the Executive Director of the Sierra Club. Carl’s whole thesis is this: Greedy, materialistic, uncompassionate Americans are causing typhoons to rise up off the Bay of Bengal, therefore causing the death of Bengalis and the destruction of property in the otherwise glorious, third-world territory known as the Gangetic Delta of Bangladesh.
News flash to Mr. Pope: The SUV design is the result of the environmentalists forcing their CAFE standards onto the auto industry, and the only way automakers could meet the market demands of its consumers while avoiding stringent CAFE standards was to build vehicles on truck frames, because those vehicles would be exempted from the harshest standards. SUVs are not off-road wanna-bees, as most of them are not built for that, nor do the manufacturers purport that to be the case. They are big, comfortable, roomy vehicles that assist individuals in keeping pace with their hectic Western lifestyles. And Americans do not want to drive Ford Explorers with 4-cylinder, 90-horsepower chug-a-lugs that get 34 miles per gallon. The market has spoken on that issue.
When oh when will these ninnies stop obsessing on bloody SUVs?