Newtonian traffic safety

The sport utility vehicle (SUV)—beloved object of a peculiarly American escalation of mass on the roadway—will get a political workout in 2004.An election year already has aroused the passions of SUV haters, who consider the appetites of these boxy roadsters for fossil energy to be nothing less than social injustice.In service to this view, sympathetic politicians recently have talked about tightening fuel-economy standards for SUVs.Yet SUVs are wildly popular in the US. They're so popular, in fact, that any move to shrink them, which a tightening of fuel-economy standards would require, would surely start a political fight.SUV haters believe the social benefits presumed t...

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