Don't all internal combustion engines pollute the air?
What I think is so amusing in all of this anti-SUV stuff, is that I have yet to hear anyone come out against 18-wheelers. If you think SUVs are dangerous on the highway.... well, I suppose you've never sat in traffic for hours because two 18-wheelers collided. I suppose you've never lost a friend because he drove his VW bug UNDER one of those things.
And as far as gas guzzling is concerned, where is the outcry against the large luxury sedans with V-8 engines? Buses? Vans? Hmm? Private jets?
I drive a Jeep Cherokee - the one they don't make anymore. It goes off-road, it hauls firewood (because I have a woodstove instead of gas or electric heat), and it holds two large dogs and camping gear. And one time, we had to sleep in it when our tent flooded on an outing. The only time it has ever been in an accident was when someone in a small car HIT ME in a parking lot. The dent is still there.
Do some people get large vehicles for status? Of course they do. I think it's a little silly. But please don't lump all of us in there together.
Instead of telling people what they can & can't drive, how about we put pressure on the manufacturers to make better engines?