Rising SUV sales could be cause for concern

News articles like this one — which explains how SUV sales are on the rise while smaller, more fuel-efficient car sales are on the decline — make me nervous. They make me nervous because they hint at the true reason that environmentalism has managed to gain mainstream attention from consumers in the past few years — consumers couldn’t afford not to listen. Now that the economy is showing signs of an upswing, I’m afraid people’s green inclinations will go out the window.

When it comes to cars, green is always a money-saver for the consumer — you get more bang for your buck with a fuel-efficient car, but the increase in SUV sales proves that, if gas prices are low enough, consumers don’t mind filling their gas tanks more often, as long as the price per refill is within their budget. It’s an interesting example of how people disassociate the specific trips to the pump with the bigger picture, e.g. more frequent trips to the gas station costing more money overall.

Though I’m thinking this trend will be momentary, as gas prices are expected to keep rising to nearly $5 within the next few years, so I’m thinking fuel efficiency will be on the forefront of consumers’ mind again relatively soon. I hope that money-saving green initiatives (e.g. energy-saving appliances, better home insulation) don’t get the boot from consumers as the economy recovers, simply because people can afford not to think about them anymore.


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4 Responses to “Rising SUV sales could be cause for concern”

  1. Captain Dreamboat Says:

    With gas at $5/gallon, significant segments of the American economy will grind to a halt. The logistical structure of our entire society is built around the concept of cheap gasoline, and is not built to withstand significant price shocks.

    $5 gas would increase the price of everything, including food, electricity, international shipping, etc.

    On the plus side, many of those SUV’s are roomy enough for an entire family to live in… convenient for the time when they end up having to.

  2. Captain Dreamboat Says:

    Every cloud, Cathy. Every cloud.

  3. Rose Moore Says:

    I agree with your blog in principal. However, I would like to add at least two reasons the large sport utes hold sway.
    !. The highways are full of semis these days; you can’t see past or around them and the drivers don’t seem to be the good drivers they used to be.
    2.Winter is not the best time to drive small cars, particularly if you live in the country, and traverse up-down-and-around roads.
    The semi issue could be solved if we would establish special lanes for them.
    Enjoy your writings!

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