OK, somebody explain this to me.
President Obama is about to set new emissions standards for American cars. SUVs and big vehicles will become obsolete, and everyone will have to drive around in those stupid little "smart" cars.
Enviromental types cheer. We're saved!
On the other hand:
The Minnesota state legislature just voted to make booster seats mandatory for all children up to age 8.
I believe the number of booster seats you can fit into a "smart" car is zero. DIH drives a Subaru Outback and she can do three, tops.
In Minnesota at least, entire fleets of "smart" cars will be required to transport one soccer team to practice.
Which means at best a break-even scenario on that plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Plus ticking off anyone over 5'2" who has to cram himself into a "smart" car. And believe me, this is a tall state (not enough Italians in the gene pool, I guess).
Result: more pollution, more ticked-off drivers, more cranky kids who resent being treated like their baby brothers as they are strapped into booster seats. More tempers flaring on the soccer field. More irate parents getting in the coach's face, more kids "accidentally" cleating each other...
Oh, dear. The Beautiful Game is about to get very ugly.
Thank you, DFLers!