Your SUV Makes You Look Fat.

So everyone is so upset that gas prices are going up. I think it’s great. Finally, something that will benefit the environment is impacting people where it hurts – their wallet. Sell your Hummers people (or better yet, recycle them, since apparently the only environmental claim the Hummer has is that the majority of it’s parts are 100% recyclable) and start buying bicycles to get around. Maybe this gas thing will help with the American obesity epidemic as well!

So my challenge to you today: carpool for two days you were planning on driving. Not driving for 2 days that you were planning to drive reduces 1590 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.

Jason and I carpool to work almost everyday except Fridays. Sometimes it is inconvenient but I feel that in our culture of conveniences, getting to work too early is not something to complain about. And we get more time together in the mornings which we both enjoy. And we save money on gas. It’s a win-win-win situation.

Update: I think this guy says it better than I do. Are we all really that upset about $12 extra a month?

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6 Comments

  1. Posted June 5, 2008 at 10:52 am | Permalink | Reply

    Hummers make you look fat… psh.

  2. Posted June 6, 2008 at 9:14 am | Permalink | Reply

    I don’t know Beth. The people who buy Hummers are not going to be that effected by gas prices, the might complain, but they have the money, they’ll continue to spend it.

    It really hurts the lower working class citizens. The poor people who are driving around town to try to find a job. Those who can’t afford hybrids, those who drive to work everyday who don’t have carpooling as an option. Some must drive everyday to support a family.

    Take for example, Arlington, TX – they don’t even have public transportation, an it’s no west Plano. If change is your goal, attacking Hummer drivers will not change much, I mean, Hummers make up less than 1% of the road?

    While I respect your post, and your efforts, You pleasure in raise of gas prices seems out of spite and revenge. Gas prices rising right now is hurting a whole lot more than it’s healing.

  3. elizabethcarroll
    Posted June 6, 2008 at 9:29 am | Permalink | Reply

    I use Hummers as a scapegoat for all inefficient vehicles. To me, any gas guzzling car without good reason is awful. Why do you need something that gets 9 miles to the gallon (blatant exaggeration, I know) to drive one person around? That just doesn’t make sense to me. Especially when there are cheaper, more gas responsible cars out there. Hummers were meant to be military vehicles. They should have stayed there.

    I agree that gas prices are hurting the working class citizen’s wallet. And this is why things need to change. America is addicted to oil. We are in debt, borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Middle East. Dictionary.com says that an addiction is the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma. I see this utter outrage about the gas prices (or to steal a word from dictionary.com, withdrawal) as further proof of our addiction.

    Our addition to oil has affected our health – we’re the fattest nation because we depend on our cars to do all of the work for us. Things need to change and they don’t change unless the masses are being affected. I see gas prices raising as the final straw for the working citizen. Cities need to step up and improve their mass transit systems. People need to start using the mass transit systems. Carpooling needs to increase. We need to stop depending on other nations to fuel our addiction.

    Sometimes it hurts the most right before the healing.

  4. elizabethcarroll
    Posted June 6, 2008 at 9:37 am | Permalink | Reply

    Oh and believe me, there is a reason I am a landscape architect – I am trying to start the change by taking part in a profession that encourages healthy communities, public transit oriented developments and helps educate developers to make better long term decisions to benefit the masses. This also includes affordable housing close to working hubs.

    So I believe that my words are not empty because I am trying to change things. I just want to challenge other people to re-evaluate what they know and how it can change. That is my intent in issuing simple environmental challenged. Simply not drive for two days you were planning to drive makes a difference, whether you are driving a hummer or not.

  5. Posted June 6, 2008 at 9:55 am | Permalink | Reply

    yes, governments and cities, that’s who needs to be attacked. raising prices might spark change but so far really hasn’t. It needs to affect politicians. I want some people running for office this year to be advocates or alternate fuel sources.

  6. elizabethcarroll
    Posted June 6, 2008 at 10:00 am | Permalink | Reply

    And that, is why I love Austin! We have bunches of ‘green’ politicians. If only the rest of Texas would listen to some of the politicians in Austin. Dang political affiliations screwing everything up! And the city is currently lobbing Toyota for a plug in hybrid because they will supply the charging stations. Pretty awesome.

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