• Apr 17th 2007 at 3:26PM
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On a Saturday in August every year, more than 1.5 million people and 40,000 muscle cars, street rods, exotics and collector cars descend on Detroit for the Woodward Dream Cruise. The Cruise is a 12-hour petrol-powered ode to 50s and 60s and the days when Woodward Avenue -- the Boulevard of Dreams! -- was the heart of Cruising, USA. Now in it's 12th year, the entire cruise and the satellite events that surround it during the weekend are being protested by a 63-year-old retired schoolteacher named Joellen Gilchrist.

Her complaint is that the Cruise is environmentally unfriendly, and her protest is part of the Step It Up campaign that has an admirable goal -- to convince Congress to reduce carbon emissions by 80% in time for 2050 -- that targets "the world's largest one-day celebration of car culture." The Cruise features vehicles from before the passage of the Clean Air Act, so they aren't sterling examples of eco-friendly motororing. But as AutoblogGreen rightly points out, most of the vehicles in the Cruise don't get many miles outside of events like the Cruise and the random joyride. While she aims to keep her protest friendly, even humorous, it might make more sense if she simply protested the commuters headed to and from work every day. This kind of enthusiast event, however, provides a target that will be sure to get some attention.

Intriguingly, even The Sierra Club has remained on the sidelines. The Club hosts a Green Cruise the weekend before -- sans motorized appliances -- and the folks who don't like the cruise simply spend the weekend out of town.

[Source: Detroit Free Press via AutoblogGreen]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      this woman is a big dumass like every other tree hugger who places there ideal enviormental wack job crap over everyone elses leasure time. dont forget the cars themselves are so valuable they rarely get driven anyway so just like the classic cars this bitch should walk the car cruse and show to reduce her carbon footprint.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Woodward traffic jam doesn't interest me. Narcistic. But I don't support banning it, because the next step would be to restrict motor racing.

      • 8 Years Ago
      The problem isn't that the cruise is just one day out of the year. The problem is that these idiots start "cruising" a week before and a week after the official date.

      I'd be real pissed if I lived in the immediate area, that's for sure.
      • 8 Years Ago
      lets just close all businesses on say...Sunday. or Saturday.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is why even enviro-sympathetic people like me just cannot stomach environmental activists. I wonder how big a hole her house is burning in the ozone layer in heating and cooling? And her car, no matter what it is also creates pollution.

      Vehicles emit 315 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in the United States each year -- about 20 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. It's a lot of pollution, but people shouldn't act as if it's even a majority of where our pollution comes from.

      Let's say we eliminate cars next year, we will still need to clean up 80% of our pollution. Even if we ban smokestack emissions, they will just move the factories to places like China where they don't care, making matters worse.

      Dream on people. Dream on.

      • 8 Years Ago
      So why doesn't she protest cars and roads altogether? People need to get off the "It's gotta be my way" train.
      Billy Ray
      • 8 Years Ago

      Alright, kids . . . can you say "Bitch?"
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ok, this is some good debating...almost as good as the pro choice/pro life deal.

      Yes, there are environmental issues with fossil fuel consumption and air pollution. What good is a clean earth though if everyone is going to die from starvation or disease or at the least, a 3rd world county society?

      Fossil fuels, although with all of the pros and cons in this world, cannot be suddenly be shut down in the global sense. Fossil fuels in a macro economic view, is pretty much the lifeline of the world. Before this 80% reduction is demanded by all of these tree huggers, there needs to be an unprecedented plan put together to switch the infrastructure of the entire world to cope without fossil fuels.

      You can't simply just say I'm not going to buy gas or drive electric cars or hybrid cars. Resources do not just stop. You displace one form for another. Take away gas, then electric plants have to produce more for electric cars..etc.etc.

      This hippie teacher is out of her mind. I think even totally disillusioned to think that she would make a difference. Tell her to go somewhere else to work out her post menopausal frustrations. I don't know the exact numbers, but cars don't even come close to being the #1 polluter of the world.
      • 8 Years Ago
      *cue jersey accent*

      ey,ya hippie feck.Get yer feckin' ayss out ah the wey of mah Ka-Mero before i feckin' whack yeh.

      */jersey accent*

      I can imagine that this woman won't get very far. think of the money we,as car guys,bring into woodward and it's surrounding area. Nobody likes a buzzkill.
      • 8 Years Ago
      wow, leave it the the retired to complain about fun, tell them to shut up and drive there buicks
      • 8 Years Ago
      What a complete load! Some people need to just shut the hell up. I bet she drives a RX400h thinking shes actually helping the environment because it's a hybrid.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "part of the Step It Up campaign that has an admirable goal -- to convince Congress to reduce carbon emissions by 80% in time for 2050"

      Admirable??? Do you guys have any clue as to the ramifications of that!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Oh, and I love "Kill the Cruse" but they ask you to attend the Live Earth concerts that will probably add more global CO2 than all the Woodward Cruses past, present and future.
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