Like most other people on this thread I drive a large 4x4 because
a) I need it for towing and launching
b) I have to carry lots of gear around for work and other reasons - including wife, kids, dogs, windsurfing gear etc
c) My family feel more secure in a large, high vehicle
d) I like to use my car (in a responsible "tread lightly" fashion) off-road on the few green lanes left to us
e) I can't afford to have a different vehicle for each purpose so I have one that does all.
I don't try to pretend that my V8 Disco is the most environmentally friendly vehicle going (doesn't get used on the school run - my kids walk) but I don't feel guilty for using it - after all I pay a fortune in duty on fuel, VAT on the maintainance and repairs as well as the road tax.
I guess most of us drive 4x4s for the same reasons as we drive ribs - practical, adaptable and good fun go anywhere vehicles.
We pay for the privilege and besides - there are numerous other factors that add far more to global warming and environmental damage, including cows if some people are to be believed. It would be great if the government would stop lying & just admit they are just using an opportunity to make money but we all know that ain't gonna happen
Like Hightower my baby will be out in the solent causing damage from the first week in April so see you on the water
(Nasher - she will be parked in the bay behind yours from April - keep an eye on her, mate!)