Discussing climate change in a car magazine orbits contradiction. These pages have always been a relief

Discussing climate change in a car magazine orbits contradiction. These pages have always been a relief from the rest of the world, and conventional wisdom holds that if your topics stray too far off piste, readers will leave. We will get letters for these words, but that doesn’t change reality: climate change is undeniably controversial but also undeniably connected to human transportation. If you have both a conscience and a car—or if you fly the airlines or board boats or use ride-sharing or take public transit—the subject has likely crossed your mind. Every one of us is complicit. The planet is changing, and we know why. Is it possible to reconcile that complicity with loving the automobile? The noise, style, and feedback that make a great car great? Perhaps. But we have to talk about the intersection responsibly and realistically. More to the point, how on earth can we not? Last summer, as a way to think about all of this, I got in a brand-new Ford F-150 and drove to Glacier National Park. I chose an XLT 4×4 crew-cab model because it is the single best-selling variant of the best-selling vehicle in America and thus the most common automotive experience in the country. ...

Knoxville Biz Ticker: Get the latest updates on Knoxville business happenings

This conversation is moderated according to USA TODAY’s community rules. Please read the rules before joining the discussion. Latest news releases on business happenings in the Knox.biz coverage area. Check back all week for updates. Asheville, N.C. – Sept. 25, 2019 – Food City, based in Abingdon, Va., was recognized as the Retailer of the Year by the Certified Angus Beef ® brand for leadership in product quality, marketing and sales. The award was presented at the brand’s Annual Conference, held Sept. 23-25, in Asheville, N.C. Brand partners at the conference, including meat processors, distributors, chefs, retailers and cattle ranchers, explored merchandising and marketing solutions to satisfy growing consumer demand for great-tasting beef. Food City has set the bar on quality and service in the region by offering the Certified Angus Beef ® brand for 20 years and by having trained butchers in stores to cut the meat, wait on customers, help choose a cut and share preparation tips. The duo was important as Food City introduced Certified Angus Beef ® brand Prime in stores this year, giving customers the selection of top-quality beef. Promotions for Father’s Day, summer gri...