Posts Tagged ‘gas tax’

Choose Your Poison: Gas Tax or Mileage Tax

July 25th, 2012

Golden Gate Bridge traffic

Unless we want the streets of the United States to look like the streets of Michigan, we’ve got to figure out a way to pay for proper infrastructure repair and replacement.

The most logical ways to fund streets are through vehicle registration taxes and gas taxes. The problem, of course, is that both are about as high as they can politically get in most areas while streets and highways continue to crumble. As hard as it is to admit, I believe gas taxes should increase, because it’s the most fair way to evenly distribute how much tax individuals pay. Higher gas prices also will spur drivers to save more fuel and drive less.

But cities in the Bay Area have a different idea.

Continue reading >>>

Car Industry News, Car Minded, Car Politics, Electric Vehicles, General Chat , , , , ,

Green Update: The Real Cost of Gasoline

September 20th, 2011

Weekly gas prices

With gas, you know what you’re buying, but you have no idea what you’re paying for.

And the fact that people are unaware of where their money goes has all kinds of implications—behavioral, economic and political.

A week ago, the L.A. Times ran a piece telling us that U.S. drivers are going to spend some $491 billion for gasoline this year. That in itself is an astonishing figure, and it’s the highest amount ever.

What astonished me more was this statement: “Fuel prices have been high this year because of expensive oil and increased exports of gasoline and diesel to other countries.” Yes, exports.

In just the last few months the U.S. has become a net exporter of refined fuels, according to Energy Department statistics. That’s a big change from as recently as May, when U.S. imports of refined fuels exceeded exports by 800,000 barrels a day. Most recently, exports have been running ahead of imports by 467,000 barrels a day, with much of the fuel going to Latin America and South America.

Continue reading >>>

Car Minded, Car Politics, Gas for your car..., General Chat, Green Updates , , , ,

Lutz Again on GM’s Payroll: Bringing Back Value?

September 5th, 2011

Bob Lutz has always claimed the bean counters ruined GM, and he has written a new book, Car Guys vs. the Bean Counters, to back this up. I haven’t read it yet; maybe you have.

Now, the company’s former head of product development has returned as a paid special advisor (salary not revealed) and, as before, he’ll advise on “anything and everything,” said GM spokesman Jay Cooney.

According to Lutz, this new arrangement now has the Feds’ blessing and doesn’t diminish present management, which he thinks is doing a very good job. “It’s just making my broad experience and, arguably, my skills in leadership and general automobile business available to the company.”

“Arguably” is what Lutz is all about, including an outsized ego and an outstanding and contentious career in the auto industry. There is no question, however, that his passion and insight have helped immeasurably in GM’s revival.

Continue reading >>>

Car Industry News, Car Minded, Car Politics, Domestic Cars, General Chat , ,

Green Update: Controversial New Fuel Economy Standards

August 2nd, 2011

Infographic: New fuel economy standards

Everything the Obama administration does these days is controversial, and yet most of the media (and the auto industry) have hailed the new CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) standards, signed last Friday.

They raise the targets for cars to 54.5 mpg by 2025 (from the current 35.5 mpg standard), and most environmentalists cheered.

The auto industry majors, with the exception of Volkswagen, have endorsed the new regs and in fact helped create them.

They got two important concessions from the administration: Light trucks and SUVs get a lower standard (3.5 percent improvement per year vs. 5 percent for cars), and the regs will get a “mid-course review to see if targets during the latter part of the nine-year period have to be adjusted in light of manufacturer costs, technology and sales.”

Continue reading >>>

Car Industry News, Car Minded, Car Politics, Domestic Cars, Electric Vehicles, Foreign Cars, Gas for your car..., General Chat, Green Updates, Hybrid Cars, Trucks & SUVs , , , ,