GRA wrote:I own a 2003 Forester which I chose partly because of its excellent visibility,...
Bottom line for GRA in thread after thread after thread: "I couldn't care less that my vehicle pollutes more than the average car on the road today. What's most important is my personal convenience. I'm here to justify that as I repeatedly point out that most Americans share my opinion. I don't use photovoltaics for similar reasons: they don't fit my lifestyle."
The obvious conclusion of this warped thinking is to promote the most-polluting vehicle option currently available: H2 FCVs: "They'll never be as efficient as BEVs, but convenience trumps efficiency every time."
2003 Subaru Forester: 21 MPG City 27 MPG Hwy
But in 2003, there were plenty of options available which produced significantly lower pollution. That's what many here chose instead. Here's what we are still driving:
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid: 48 MPG City 47 MPG Hwy
But that car is now used on the small minority of our miles since we also have a 2011 Nissan LEAF which consumes no "gallons" to travel its miles.
Let me guess: It's important that you drive a high-polluting vehicle because that's what you feel you need to drive into the mountains and enjoy nature. It's too bad the irony of that is lost on you just as it is on most Americans.
The simple fact is that automobile companies decide what type of cars they will manufacture based on what people purchase. The growth in high-polluting car segments is the direct result of the "convenience trumps efficiency everyday" mentality.