NYT: Let's Send Our Unwanted SUVs to Russia!

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
nyt lets send our unwanted suvs to russia

Like its LA equivalent, The New York Times is making gloat while the price of gas hurts. That said, The Gray Lady's Op Editorialist begins with an [ironic?] back pat for the great American SUV buyer's eco-political awakening. I mean, former SUV buyer. "We have heartily applauded Americans’ collective decision to recognize the finite nature of the world’s supply of fossil fuels and to start driving sensible vehicles. But we must also acknowledge that this abrupt change of heart is creating a new national challenge: what to do with the suddenly redundant S.U.V.?" After a quick acknowledgment of the financial pain caused by SUV backwardedness and the trapping of buyers' bucks therein, the NYT offers a practical idea for ditching the tree-hugger's four-wheeled bogeyman: "We suggest exploring foreign countries. The Russian market for cars, for instance, is booming — thanks to a fast-growing economy and generous government subsidies that are keeping a lid on the price of gas. The best part is that Russians prefer secondhand imports over domestic Ladas and Volgas." Huh? How's that going to work? And I thought The Times was anti-SUV on global warming grounds. Alternatively… "Then there’s the scrap market." Or, finally, "The artist John Chamberlain made a name for himself making sculptures out of crushed automobile parts. Cadillac Ranch — an array of graffiti-covered Cadillacs protruding at an angle from a field near Amarillo, Tex. — has become one of the nation’s landmarks.With a few adaptations, a Lincoln Navigator might make a nice streetlamp." Who said the Times doesn't have a sense of humor?

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  • N Number N Number on Aug 11, 2008
    It just may be a bit more intelligent of a choice for somebody who doesn’t spend all of their time on paved roads ferrying their 2.3 kids around True. I just got back from Alaska where paved roads (even roads, for that matter) are a bit of a luxury and there are a great deal of SUV's around, despite the highest fuel prices in America. I just find it funny that the NYT thinks that it is bad for the US to be driving SUV's because of the excessive fuel usage and pollution but if we ship them to Russia, somehow all is well.

  • Stephan Wilkinson Stephan Wilkinson on Aug 11, 2008

    For a website that never turns down an opportunity to satirize, it's amazing how few people seem to understand that the Times editorial was satire. SATIRE, gentlemen and ladies. There will be a quiz tomorrow on Jonathan Swift.

  • JEC JEC on Aug 11, 2008

    With the liberal pinko commie greenwash that oozes from the pages of the NYT, I certainly would have believed some dimwit hippie would suggest shipping our vehicles to Russia. All that pollution will, like, stay all over there, right? Yo, quit hogging the bong Todd..

  • Stephan Wilkinson Stephan Wilkinson on Aug 11, 2008

    Hey, suddenly it's 1952! You left out "faggot."