So far, most of the people dying have been not in the US, but in oil producing countries that various US governments have deigned should not get democracy (Iran, Saudi Arabia come to mind), since it might raise oil prices uncomfortably.
Would you like to back this statement up somehow? Any possible way? Oh, that's right - you can't. Because it makes no sense. One, those oil-producing nations are largely ruled by religious law. There isn't much movement towards democracy, and by and large, the people like it that way. Not everyone wants to be like the US. Second, the US, for the last time, is a fucking Republic. It should not be acting like an Empire and meddling in the affairs of other nations. We would be doing so by pushing those nations to democracy. We are not "blocking" anything. If you feel otherwise, please present actual evidence to back up your claims.
Plenty of people in the US do die though from big car addiction - recall the Atlanta Olympics, during which cars were effectively banned from some major part of the city (can't really recall how much, as I don't know Atlanta). Hospital admissions for respiratory emergencies dropped to a tiny fraction of their regular number.
Air pollution in congested cities is not caused by SUVs. It is caused by internal combustion engines running at idle, followed by a short period of acceleration, followed by an immediate breaking (thus wasting the generated energy), followed by more idling. Your "clean" toy car is generating nearly as much pollution as my SUV. More, since ninety percent of the "tree-hugger" cars I see are not as well maintained as my SUV. More still, because I do not drive the SUV into a congested city - I take a bus.
You want cleaner air in cities? Walk. Bike. Support mass transit. Better yet, quit yelling about nuclear power and allow us to develop cheap, clean electrical power. Hell, do something, anything, other than bitch about problems while refusing to contribute to solutions.
Also, consider the increased fatality rates in SUV-car collisions. I'll avoid the easy cheap shot here.
Hmmm. What easy cheap shot? The one about pathetic idiots thinking they have some right to demand we all drive equally unsafe cars? You want to drive a tin and plastic lunch box, go right ahead. But don't whine about it when that tin and plastic lunch box doesn't hold together in an accident. SUV vs. car accidents are only half as dangerous as car vs. car accidents - because one half of the people involved are protected by a larger, heavier, safer vehicle.
It may not take very long before the consequences get more dire yet. Here in Saskatchewan, Canada, we're having some of the worst droughts since the 30's, generally accepted to be because of global warming, caused in part by big car addiction (Canadians are almost as addicted as Americans, incidentally, not blaming you per se.)
1. Outside of the media, the jury is still out on global warming. Posit one; desertification is not a sign of warming trends. Geological records show that in warmer times, there are no deserts, ocean levels are higher, and rainfall is higher worldwide. Glaciation leads to decreased rainfall, sharper temperature differences from region to region and season to season, and increased desertification. The record is clear, the evidence for "global warming" is not.
2. Assuming global warming to be a fact, what evidence do you have that it is caused by humanity? All of mankind's carbon dioxide pollution, worldwide for the past ten years, does not equal one hours' output from a medium-size volcano such as Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Pinatubo, or Kilawea. For that matter, current output levels of pollution are incredibly low compared to fifty years ago. One hundred years ago, the cities of Europe and North America were heated by coal fires. Aside from the obvious carbon dioxide, sulpher dioxide, and carbon monoxide emissions, those coal fires released more radioactivity into the atmosphere than every nuclear power plant put together.
So sure, if it makes you feel superior, put around in your overgrown golf cart. I'll continue to use my brain and drive smart. Look at the whole board, not the small picture.
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