To wit: if gas tax revenues are decreasing, stop trying to find a way to boost them. People will figure out a workaround for whatever hack you come up with, just like they did for the gas tax. So instead of this…
…governments should instead – and, gee, this is a radical notion, huh? – stop spending quite so much money. Are the roads the most important thing? They are? Great! Put road maintenance at the top, pay that off first, and then decide what the other funding priorities should be. Because obviously people and governments can’t have everything that they want. Money does not grow on trees.
No. Seriously. It doesn’t.
But, hey: small price to pay to pander to people’s religious beliefs, right? It’s not like Democratic politicians ever pump their own gas.
To meet the Obama administration’s targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, some researchers say, Americans may have to experience a sobering reality: gas at $7 a gallon.
To reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the transportation sector 14 percent from 2005 levels by 2020, the cost of driving must simply increase, according to a forthcoming report by researchers at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
The 14 percent target was set in the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget for fiscal 2010.
Ace of Spades Headlines has already used the ‘tar, feathers, and pitchforks’ joke, so let me go to my backup response: if the 111th Congress raises the average price of gas to seven bucks a gallon, the major result will be that the 2010 Election Night map will give the impression that the entire country was dipped in raspberry jam.
Crossposted to RedState.