Hummer Violence Hits DC?

I may laugh at pretty much every Hummer driver I meet, and make cracks about overcompensation for a tiny manhood by owning a giant land tank, but I certainly don’t think that smashing their Hummer with baseball bats and carving slogans into it is the right way to apply social pressure to those who drive them. That’s exactly what happened in Northwest recently, with a a Hummer getting wrecked by people who think that everyone oughtta drive a tiny little Prius instead.

Look, I may not like Hummer SUVs, but beating the crap out the cars isn’t the answer to the problem, either. Don’t be a dick to people like that, it’s just not cool, even if you think they’re ruining the environment, it’s not okay to smash their car.

12 Comments so far

  1. hb (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 4:35 pm

    A friend of mine once suggested that pedestrians had the obligation to give HUMMER owners the authentic experience they clearly craved–being shot at with automatic weapons and hit with RPGs. I’m pretty sure he was joking.


  2. MBC (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 4:43 pm

    Anyone else amused by this guy’s priorities? Purchasing and then modifying a fairly pricy “car” instead of moving out of mom’s house…


  3. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

    Think about all the carbon footprint he’s saving by cohabitating with family!


  4. KCinDC (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 1:04 am

    “I consider this a hate crime.”

    So Hummer owners are now a protected class? Exactly what sort of crime wouldn’t be a hate crime in this woman’s way of thinking?


  5. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 8:46 am

    Yeah, fortunately asshole isn’t a protected class. Doesn’t lessen the effect of the original crime, though, KC.


  6. KCinDC (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 9:20 am

    Absolutely. I’m not defending the criminals, who certainly should be caught and prosecuted — only objecting to the term “hate crime”.


  7. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 9:26 am

    I guess that’s the problem with the classification of hate crimes — they’re different to everyone.


  8. Joel S. Hirschhorn (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 3:55 pm

    Real, root acts of violence

    Hummer owners commit an act of violence on our natural environment through their obscene use of gasoline, unreal per mile emissions, size and weight. The angry guys who smashed the Hummer were defenders of the environment and undoubtedly wanted to remove the eyesore from their neighborhood. Where are acts of violence justified? In defense of our lives that are threatened by the insipid and conspicuous consumption of products like the Hummer? If I was on the jury I would vote for not guilty by reason of social conscience. Every time I see a Hummer I wish its owner nothing but grief. But, then again, I feel that way about the obnoxious people living in huge McMansions and eating up natural resources to build, furnish, heat and cool those monstrosities. Comes the Second American Revolution I say let the Lower Class go after the Upper Class devils that are ruining our country and our environment.


  9. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 4:01 pm

    Joel, your justifications don’t wash. Your behavior only comes off as obnoxious, itself. Please, seek the mental help you desperately need.


  10. KCinDC (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 4:02 pm

    Joel, I’m pretty sure you’re part of the upper class if you take a larger (global) view, but perhaps you’re rooting for your own destruction.


  11. Richard (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 9:43 pm

    Copied from the web re DC Hummer eco-terroist actions:

    I’ve been thinking more about environmental economics since I blogged about retail carbon credits. I was surprised about how cheap (some would say unrealisticly cheap) wholesale credits are — about $2.20 per tonne of CO2. (Correction: I wrote this item based on that price but it’s dropped even further in the last month, now just $1.60/tonne CO2 in Chicago, but $25 in Europe.)

    Today, many of my friends have bought a car like the Toyota Prius, feeling they are doing their bit to help the environment by burning less gas. The Prius costs around $3,000-$6,000 more than a comparable old-style engine car (in part because high demand keeps the price high), and the savings on gasoline don’t justify it on a financial basis unless you do nothing but drive all day. So the main reason to buy it is to help the environment and to make a statement before your peer group.

    Problem is, there’s an argument that you’re hurting the environment, counterintuitive as that sounds. And no, it’s not just the unanswered questions about recycling the fancy batteries in the Prius when they fade. Read on…

    The Prius gets about 44 “real” mpg, not nearly as much better than the similar Corolla or Camry models as EPA figures suggest. Consumer’s Union suggests a typical driver will save 176 gallons/year over a Corolla and 284 over a Camry. As the Prius-style non-hybrid is in between, call it 200 gallons or $450/year — $2800 present value over the predicted 8 year life of the battery. Not enough to cover the added cost of a Hybrid today (in part because high demand for Hybrids makes them more expensive) but it is nice to get.

    But what if you didn’t buy it and put the saved money into carbon credits? Well, you could offset 681 tonnes of CO2 with $1500 at the current cheap U.S. price. That’s 77,000 gallons of gasoline!.

    Yup. Buy buying the more expensive Prius rather than buying a cheaper similar car and putting the savings into carbon credits, it’s like burning 77,000 gallons of gas. That’s like driving an 10mpg Hummer 770,000 miles — around the world 30 times. Or like taking 10 Camrys that drive 20,000 miles/year off the road for the 8 year life of the Prius.


  12. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 10:20 pm

    Yeah, but Carbon Offset Credits are a giant lie, Richard. They don’t UNpollute, they just put money toward making “green” energy more affordable. That’s like taking a giant shit in the Potomac, then giving money to the sewage treatment people.

    It doesn’t hold up, and it’s really just bollocks.



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