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SUV Facts

Need more convincing?:

  • Gallons by which daily U.S. oil consumption would drop if SUVs' average fuel efficiency increased by 3 mpg: 49,000,000 (Harper's Index 4/2001)
  • Gallons per day that the proposed drilling of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is projected to yield: 42,000,000 (Harper's Index 4/2001)
  • US Automobile Oil Consumption Per Day: 354,329,976 gallons. (Energy Inf. Adm - u.s. gov)
  • The amount of fuel consumed in family vehicles in the United States each year is enough to cover a regulation-size football field to a depth of about 40 miles. (Energy Inf. Adm - u.s. gov)
  • Want to read about Oil Spills?
By law SUVs can emit 30% more carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons and 75% more nitrogen oxides than passenger cars. see www.suv.org

SUVs add an additional 5,000 tons per day of smog-forming pollutants to our air during the summer. www.ucsusa.org/transportation/trucks.airpoll.html

Federal law permits SUVs to waste 33% more gasoline than passenger cars. This is an average, some SUVs waste more than this. See www.suv.org

Since 1990, the inefficiencies of SUVs have led to Americans wasting 70 billion gallons of gasoline.

A loophole in the gas guzzler tax provides automakers a free ride to build and market inefficient, polluting vehicles while taxpayers are left holding the bag.

Light trucks crashing into cars account for the majority of fatalities in vehicle-to-vehicle collisions

2000 people would still be alive if their vehicles had been hit by a heavy car instead of an SUV

Drivers of small SUVs are involved in more fatal rollover accidents than any other type of vehicle.




About SUVluv.org

Transportation alternatives!:

Our mission: Apply public shame for environmental gain.
How do we do this? We hunt and tag SUVs with stickers.
What do we hunt? Amigo. Blazer. Bravada. Cherokee. CR-V. Defender. Denali. Discovery. Durango. Envoy. Escalade. Excursion. Expedition. Explorer. 4Runner. Grand Cherokee. Grand Vitara. Hummer. Jimmy. Land Cruiser. LX470. Montero. Mountaineer. ML430. Navigator. Passport. Pathfinder. QX4. Range Rover. Rav4. Rodeo. RX300. Sequoia. Sidekick. SLX. Sportage. Suburban. Tahoe. Trooper. Vehicross. Wrangler. X5. Xterra. Yukon. (actually, this is an exaggerated list, but isn't it a lovely strange list of names? Generally we go for vehicles that average less than 15 miles per gallon)

We feel there are several ways in which to bring about environmental change. 1) Manufacture a desire and interest in environmentally friendly practices. In other words, make it cool to be environmental. Advertisers do the reverse of this all of the time by manufacturing the desire for products. 2) Educate. In knowledge comes understanding comes change. 3) Social pressure. This is what we're doing. Applying shame to change habits. People who drive SUVs need embarassing, they are exhibiting very anti-social, anti-community behavior, they are acting, in essence, against the human race. How? see SUV Facts, see Health effects of automobile pollution, then hit the resources section to further enlighten. Then get on out there and tag some SUVs with our stickers. Want to respond? Contact us?




Fuel efficiency/pollution calculator

Tailpipe Tally: Calculate your fuel efficiency and find out how much your vehicle pollutes: www.environmentaldefense.org/tailpipe




Health effects of automobile pollution

Pollutant Health and Environmental Effects
Carbon Monoxide
(CO)
CO reduces the ability of the blood to carry oxygen, and is particularly dangerous to smokers, persons with heart disease, and those with anemia or heart disease. CO can also cause permanent damage to the nervous system.
Carbon Dioxide
(CO2)
CO2 does not directly impair human health, but is the most significant greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. The effects of global warming are uncertain, but they potentially include disruption of global weather patterns and ecosystems, flooding, severe storms, and droughts.
Nitrous Oxides
(NOx)
  • NOx exacerbate asthma, reduce lung function, and can lead to chronic lung damage. NOx also increases the susceptibility of young children and the elderly to respiratory infections.
  • NOx also reacts in the presence of VOCs and sunlight to form ground-level ozone, a major component of smog. Ozone irritates the eyes, damages the lungs, and aggravates respiratory problems. It is our most widespread and intractable urban air pollution problem. Ozone also reduces agricultural production and the growth rate of trees.
  • NOx contribute to the formation of acid rain. Acid rain acidifies the soils and waters where it falls, killing plants, fish, and the animals that depend on them. Acid rain also causes property damage through the corrosion of buildings and monuments.
  • NOx also contributes to nitrification (i.e., over-fertilization) of wetlands and bays, leading to algae blooms and fish kills.
Volatile Organic Compounds
(VOC)
  • VOCs react in the presence of nitrogen oxides and sunlight to form ground-level ozone, a major component of smog. Ozone irritates the eyes, damages the lungs, and aggravates respiratory problems. It is our most widespread and intractable urban air pollution problem. Ozone also reduces agricultural production and the growth rate of trees.
  • A number of exhaust VOCs are also toxic, with the potential to cause cancer, nerve damage, and other health effects. Benzene, a known human carcinogen, is an example of a toxic VOC found in vehicle exhaust.
Particulate Matter
(PM)
  • PM causes lung problems, from shortness of breath to worsening of respiratory and cardiovascular disease, damage to lung tissues, and cancer. People of highest risk of these effects include asthmatics, individuals with chronic heart or lung disease, as well as children and the elderly.
  • Ultrafine PM easily makes its way past the upper airway, and penetrates into the deepest tissues of the lungs, where accumulation can occur. These particles, and the chemicals sorbed to their surface, can then enter the blood stream; many of the chemicals are recognized human toxicants, carcinogens, reproductive hazards, or endocrine disruptors.
  • PM decreases visibility, and causes aesthetic damage to buildings
Sulfur Dioxide
(SO2)
  • SO2 aggravates existing respiratory conditions such as asthma and chronic bronchitis, increasing cough and mucous secretion.
  • SO2 also contributes to the formation of acid rain. Acid rain acidifies the soils and waters where it falls, killing the plants, fish, and animals that depend on them. Acid rain also causes property damage through the corrosion of buildings and monuments.

This table from www.environmentaldefense.org 




Resources & Other Great Sites

War and Oil
Post-Saddam Iraq: Linchpin of a New Oil Order
The SUV-Terrorism Connection - How is the September 11th terrorist act related to owning and driving SUVs? There's a huge connection, it turns out. Read this article.
Iraq and Oil Connection

Other SUV resources
www.idontcareaboutair.com - a great site with its own bumper sticker campaign, lots of resources and statistics, a must visit.

www.changingtheclimate.com - featuring their own bumper sticker "I'm Changing The Climate - ask me how!" This is a kickass site featuring resources and great guerrilla environmental action.

www.baaction.org/SUVticket - Another SUV tagging website focussed on the bay area.

www.suv.org - Environmental invormation about SUVs.

The information from the U.S. Government on HEVs: Hybrid Electric Vehicles

www.greenercars.org - includes the 12 greenest cars and the 12 meanest cars

I Want my SUV - an excellent article on the SUV phenomenon and the American car culture.