20 May '11, 2pm

Environmental Economics: Clarifying my stance on driving taxes

When I link to my post where I propose a complicated Fuel Efficiency Payment --equal to the inverse of a cars fuel efficiency multiplied by total miles traveled--to encourage/incentivize/force drivers to internalize the long list of externalities associated with driving, I get comments along these lines: No one ever mentions how easy it would be to circumvent this tax. Your mileage gets checked once per year ? Just disconnect the odometer for most of the time. Or are we going to pay to retrofit all cars with "tamper proof" odometers that will soon be proven not-so-tamper-proof-after-all? Saving thousands of dollars per year in a tax is an awfully strong economic incentive for millions of very smart people to figure out how to game this silly system. Unfortunately, I think I made the original post too long and comments like this illustrate that no one reads to the end when ...

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