Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Hohummerdinger -- The Sierra Club's Hummer H2 satire site is, well, just plain lame. Yes, it's big and thirsty, but that doesn't make the H2 an example of 50's-era technology. Showing identical Hummers with different fuel economy ratings makes no sense. The fuel economy sticker that the GM executive stands in front of is a red herring. As the Times points out, the H2 is so heavy it doesn't have to be EPA tested. (A page within the site makes the same point.) And, as a Hummer spokesperson said, the volume of H2 sales is truly trivial.

There is one really funny section, though: "What if the Hummer replaced famous vehicles in famous movies?"

The problem is that the H2 itself is just not a great target. It is, by all accounts, remarkably capable for what it was built to do: go way off-road. It's the people who buy Hummers -- or any other hard-core SUV -- to do nothing but drive on-road who ought to be mocked within an inch of their lives. The Hummer H2, the perfect vehicle for taking a 65 lb. 10-year-old and her friend to ballet class and then picking up some fresh ravioli on the way home.

At Downshift Central, we hold no brief for the SUV-driving citizens of Moronica -- hold your e-mails, those who actually use them to tow and haul are excepted -- but the hummerdinger site fails to advance the cause.