20 May '12, 10pm

Why the Government Doesn't Really Want You to Drive a Fuel-Efficient Car

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Politics and Democracy page and our Organic Transitions page . There is a big problem with high-mileage cars - from the point-of-view of the government. Less revenue. Imagine an 80 MPG car - which could be built right now, easily, with existing technology. (Several current European models are already pretty close to the 80 MPG bar.) Such a car could cut the average person's fuel costs by two-thirds - in effect, putting things back the way they were circa 1986, when gasoline still cost about $1 per gallon. It would do a great deal to ease the economic pressure bearing down on the average person. But if tens of millions of Americans were suddenly using two-thirds less fuel, they'd also be paying two-thirds less in motor fuels taxes. You don't have to be a conspiracy nut to wonder what effect contemplation of this ...

Full article: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_25489.cfm

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