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This is really about the right to wave a penis substitute around in public and announce 'fuck you' to those scolding silly greenies.

Watch a UK motoring show called Top Gear if you want to understand the mindset.

Physics is a footnote. No one needs a car that's bigger than a mid-range family hatchback.

There are tiny justifiable markets for people who have to off-road for a living, like farmers. But those are a footnote compared to the car-owning mainstream.

So there is no practical reason why emissions can't be reduced to 140gm/km, or much less.

What has to change is the primary function of cars - which isn't to get people from A to B, but to indicate social status and class.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Sep 13th, 2007 at 09:20:42 AM EST
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the right to wave a penis substitute around in public

The smaller the soccer mom, the bigger the SUV she drives.

Oye, vatos, dees English sink todos mi ships, chinga sus madres, so escuche: el fleet es ahora refloated, OK? — The War Nerd

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 13th, 2007 at 09:22:04 AM EST
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Honest.  The other day, I saw a woman who was so small and her SUV so large that she literally had to leap to close the rear hatch.  

"Remember the I35W bridge--who needs terrorists when there are Republicans"
by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Thu Sep 13th, 2007 at 12:04:08 PM EST
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And I once saw a short guy who had to literally heave himself up to reach the step to get into his jacked-up pickup truck.

Oye, vatos, dees English sink todos mi ships, chinga sus madres, so escuche: el fleet es ahora refloated, OK? — The War Nerd
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 13th, 2007 at 12:05:29 PM EST
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