|Copyright 2006-2007 All Rights Reserved Charleston C. K. Wang, Esq., Publisher
WANGNEWS OPINION PAGE
THE PASSING OF THE SUVSAURUS
There was a time when dinosaurs lived on the Earth.
Paleontologists who specialize in digging for fossils of
extinct species have found their bones and have
reconstructed their skeletons and given them
fearsome names such as Tyrannosaurus Rex.
The popular Jurassic Park movies have further
enhanced our perception of re-animated dinosaurs.
On the whole we envision the dinosaur as a creature
of awesome size and insatiable appetite. The dinosaurs dominated the ecosystem for about
160 million years. Then suddenly these giants disappeared at the end of the Cretaceous
period 65 million years ago. Explanations for this rapid extinction of the great beasts range
from sudden climate change brought about by a meteor collision to gradual environmental
change adverse to the survival of dinosaurs. There is a silver lining to this sad tale – the
substantial legacy of the Age of the Dinosaur is the deposits of oil from which gasoline is
The reality in American today, in the words of President Bush, as only he can say them, is
that we have an addiction to oil. Anyone who drives a gasoline-fueled vehicle suffers from
this addiction. The worst of the addicts have the compulsion to burn gasoline at the
greatest rate possible. These addicts have the tendency to drive the SUV. Everyday, many
SUVs with 4-wheel-drive rumble down American’s well-paved urban streets with a single
person in them. In order to do justice to the name SUV - Sport Utility Vehicle - some are
driven in the style of Grand Prix race cars, although in reality they are fanciful trucks.
Some SUVs are deliberately marketed for their intimidating size coupled to a massive gas
hungry engine. Those who buy such SUVs expect all punier species to scamper out of the
way when their Model T-Rex takes to the street.
I see the SUV not as some mechanical dominator of spell-binding attractiveness, but a
unenviable, lumbering monster whose extinction is coming. With gas pump prices
breaking the $3.00 per gallon mark around Cincinnati and $4.00 per gallon in California, the
death knell of the SUV is sounding. The SUV pet is going to be very expensive to feed,
perhaps to the point that their owners must make the decision, heartbreaking or
cold-turkey as it may be, to abandon their voracious 12 miles per gallon monsters. The
poor SUVSAURUS will surely go the same way as that sorry carnivore, Tyrannosaurus.
For me, I love to drive a hybrid-electric car which actually gets 46 miles to the gallon.
Charleston C. K. Wang
April 22, 2006