Should Patriotism Be Measured In Miles Per Gallon?

Is driving a gas-guzzling SUV unpatriotic? Many Americans don't believe there is a relationship between global politics and U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
November 30, 2001, 7am PST | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"[For many] there is no contradiction between patriotism and driving a gas guzzler. [Few believe] that individual Americans, by buying more fuel-efficient vehicles, can make the United States less dependent on Middle Eastern countries [or that] American dependence on oil may in a variety of ways help nurture terrorism... S.U.V. owners, especially women, say they picked their vehicles because they make them feel safer. But when pushed a bit, most say that they simply love being in huge vehicles that make them feel powerful on the road."

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Published on Friday, November 23, 2001 in The New York Times
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