[FoRK] let the states handle it?

Eugen Leitl eugen
Sun Sep 4 04:10:56 PDT 2005

On Sat, Sep 03, 2005 at 05:14:06PM -0700, Adam L Beberg wrote:

> Right, better greedy gas station owners keep the money, then the 
> govenment have it to pay for public transit systems. Brilliant!

Herabouts about 2/3rd of fuel cost are tax. All of this goes
into the common pot and is absorbed by the deficit hole, instead of
being allocated to public transport and R&D for renewable only.

Recently instituted highway tolls (just for trucks, for time being)
are not being allocated just for the infrastrcture, either.

Using dynamic taxes for a smooth fossil fuel price ratchet (only up,
never down, but slowly and smoothly) is the only thing which
will make the vehicles more efficient and promote radical alternatives
long-term (pure EV and direct methanol fuel cell vehicles). 

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