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six dollar gas tax to help us breathe easy.
5 years ago
push big oil out faster, and help give a boost to alterantive vehicle transportation, by creating a six dollar gas tax that will generate funds for research and development of alternative transportation, build better roads for three wheel vehicles, not just 12 inch bike lanes, and vouchers for poor people not near public transportation. this will really help us breath easy sooner.
5 years ago
This is a very bad idea and I do not own a car. The additional cost of doing business will be passed on to the consumer. The oil companies will still be making their profits and we will pay more for all of the goods we buy. A better resolution would be to end subsidies to these profit machines, and pass legislation that insures they pay their fair share of income tax. Although we will still see the cost trickle down to the pump, at least some of the money will come out their pockets.
5 years ago
well, the tax would come from us who buy gas, but we would have the option of purchasing an alternative vehicle, or ride a bike or commute by public transportation or carpool, and these would become more readily available as the demand goes up when gas costs more, also the tax would go back into these alternative transportations, and to give vouchers to the poor ,so that it would become easy and cheap to transport ourselves with alternative transportation, and gas vehicles would fizzle out sooner, and our environment would become cleaner sooner, and also no doubt wars over oil would stop.
5 years ago
 The tax will certainly be paid by those buying gas, but the use of gasoline is part the cost of doing business in America. When the price per gallon was pushing it's way over 5 dollars, the cost of food also went up. Being in the food industry, I had firsthand experience in what the cost of gas can do to other businesses. During that time the restaurant I worked for had to raise the menu prices due to this additional cost. One of our suppliers added a delivery charge to all their invoices to keep up and we raised our delivery charge. So the cost will be greater than the price you pay at the pump.  So your tax will be felt most heavily by those with the least, and the oil industry will continue to receive billions a year in subsidies. Including a foreign tax credit, so companies do not pay taxes on oil that has been taxed by another country. How exactly does that help us? Additonally, we help to finance the exploration and drilling of new oil wells, not just in our country but the world over. In a system that already gives tax breaks every step of the way from exploration to refinement. We allow rigs operating in our waters to fly flags of other countries, so these companies can avoid what little tax they would be liable for if doing business as an American company. This also allows them to bypass safety procedures that would be required of a US company.  In closing, it is obvious the oil industry gets a great deal more out of our country than they are contributing. Yet, you wish for the American public to pick up the tab for moving beyond fossil fuel. Our time and energy would be better spent lobbying our representatives to end payouts to a multi-billion dollar industry, then using those funds for the progams you wish to see. You can not legislate behavior, but you can certainly tax the middle class into poverty.
5 years ago
the difference with this tax,chester, is the that the GOAL of the tax, is to force us to switch to alternatives, not to gain tax revenue, generally. therefor hopefully commercial transportation as well will find that by switching to alternatives, they will save money ,and still be able to offer food and goods at reasonable prices. on my facebook page,!/pages/people-for-6-dollar-gas-tax-in-America/108978985807069, i ahve links to electric vehicle fleets, made for commercial use. Cost Breakdown: Can fleet electrification prove profitable? Consider the US Postal Service delivery fleet: Average daily travel is 30 km 96% of daily travel remains below 65 km Here, the battery capacity can be reduced from 200 km ($30,000) to around 40 km ($6,000). Of course, electric vehicles enjoy tax rebates in most countries, ranging from $2 grand to upwards of $10 grand, which (pessimistically) would reduce our battery price premium to $4,000. Assuming 30 km average daily travel, the USPS could expect fuel expenditure savings of at least $600 per year. If oil prices increase compared to the 2009 lows used in these calculations, then this savings rate would inflate rapidly. Equally, if we situate ourselves in countries where oil is not as favourably taxed as the USA -- say the United Kingdom -- then the savings rate more than doubles. In sum, even based on this vastly pessimistic evaluation, electrification of fleet vehicles would cost operators nothing in the existing economic climate! More realistically, we may expect oil prices to steadily rise in coming years and financial incentives for electrification is likely to increase, thus making electrification of fleets increasingly profitable. Where is it being done? Fleets around the world are beginning to recognize the benefits of electric vehicle solutions. Delivery companies like UPS and FedEx are rolling out thousands of electric vehicles - mostly in hybridized format. Florida Power and Duke Energy have committed US$600 million to convert 10 thousand vehicle by 2020. (1) Sainsbury's (UK grocery retailer) has converted its entire food delivery fleet (1) (2) Next Steps: Petition your local businesses to switch to electric or hybrid alternatives. Petition your local government to provide financial
5 years ago
Taxes like this can be ramped up incrementally, starting from a low level. This can provide the signals for required change, with a suitable lead-in time, and give people time to adjust. The climate change issue does impose a level of urgency, so governments should act sooner rather than later. Here in New Zealand there are already significant taxes on fuel. I think that a lot of the tax money gets fed back into building and maintaining roads and highways - hopefully this will change to a more sustainable mix.
That idea has been kicked around a few times.
5 years ago
It would have been better if that had been done thirty years ago when we were having our first energy crisis. I think Jimmy Carter was right. We do seem to have a malaise of spirit in doing the right thing. It's catching up with us. I don't think a clear consensus is possible now. The t-baggers will see to that. Good luck with that idea. I really mean it.
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