The following was first posted to Gaia Online on 2 October 2008.
I recently a TV commercial advertising some Chevy hybrid Suburban Assault Vehicle that supposedly gets the same mileage as a 4-cylinder car: 21mpg city. They're kidding, right?! 21?! My 6-cylinder truck gets 18 city and my wife's old 6-cylinder car got 23 city.
Even worse is the Cadillac Escalade hybrid commercial I just saw: 12 city / 19 highway.
The stupidity surrounding Suburban Assault Vehicles has reached epic proportions when a 12 or even 21 mpg hybrid is considered to be eco-friendly.
Fortunately for some of us our self-esteems aren't tied up in other peoples' opinions. Some of us have enough self-worth to buy the vehicles we need instead of the ones society tells us we should drive.
But then again some of us also care enough about the planet and other people to actually obey the speed limit. I guess not everyone can be intelligent, selfless, and self-confident.