31 May '13, 4pm

Beijing adding pollution tax to gas prices by next year - Autoblog (blog)

This is just going to be a punishment tax unless there are plenty of EV's and other ultra-high MPG vehicles available right now as alternatives for people to buy. The way they are doing this, they are setting it up like a cigarette tax, where the goal is to get people to completely stop doing something. But they don't want people to stop traveling and getting around. They want them to use less gas and pollute less while still traveling and getting around. Behavior taxes really only work when there is a viable alternative that people can choose to avoid the taxes. Beijing's public transport is already heavily over-loaded, and they don't have enough green cars for people to buy instead of their current selection of gas cars. Unless they use these tax dollars to change that, this will just become a punishment tax that most people there will eventually just come to accept as j...

Full article: http://green.autoblog.com/2013/05/31/beijing-adding-pollu...

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