Are SUVs Immoral?
The evidence against the mobile monsters is mounting, but Americans keep buying them.
Suppose your neighbor did something that made him or her dramatically more likely to kill you. Suppose, at the same time, the neighbor began trying like crazy to increase smog and the greenhouse effect and, to top it off, to stand in the street giving the finger to everyone driving by. We wouldn't hesitate to describe such a person as antagonistic and distinctly unspiritual. But it's all hypothetical, since few Americans behave in such antisocial ways.
Actually, guess again--the number of Americans who behave this way recently passed 20 million. That's the estimate for those who own oversize sports-utility vehicles, from the entry-level, 5,000-pound Dodge Durango that temporarily eclipses the sun as it passes by to the supertanker-class Ford