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taterguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 01:21 PM
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26. Europe has different housing patterns and mass transit systems
Yes, technically people would drive less if the gas tax was $3 / gal.

But a lot of that would be because they didn't have jobs to drive to.

$4.00 gallon gas nearly collapsed our economy last year.

Could we withstand an even bigger hit?
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  -If the government was serious about reducing oil consumption, it would _______ taterguy  Aug-09-09 09:22 AM   #0 
  - compel people to buy more fuel-efficient vehicles  Deja Q   Aug-09-09 09:28 AM   #1 
  - Ditto. I'd also support a fuel tax to fund public transportation.  NYC_SKP   Aug-09-09 09:33 AM   #2 
  - "Like Bush did"  Indydem   Aug-09-09 09:37 AM   #5 
  - How could the government compel people to buy more fuel-efficient vehicles?  taterguy   Aug-09-09 09:39 AM   #8 
     - Move government giveaways, financed by taxpayers. We say we're willing to pay more taxes, time to  timeforpeace   Aug-09-09 12:27 PM   #25 
        - It's news to me that we say we're willing to pay more taxes  taterguy   Aug-09-09 01:22 PM   #27 
  - The DoD is the largest consumer of oil.  RUMMYisFROSTED   Aug-09-09 09:34 AM   #3 
  - Maybe the air force should switch to hybrid bombers  taterguy   Aug-09-09 09:42 AM   #9 
     - Yep. The hybrid between tarmac and wheels.  RUMMYisFROSTED   Aug-09-09 10:22 AM   #20 
  - Why would the "Government" ever get serious about something the people are not?  ThomWV   Aug-09-09 09:36 AM   #4 
  - The goal is to have the government run by a President who is smarter than the average joe.  dkf   Aug-09-09 09:44 AM   #11 
  - Really? My goal is to have a Representative form of Government that is responsible to the people  ThomWV   Aug-09-09 09:55 AM   #14 
     - Not when I see these idiot birthers and these  dkf   Aug-09-09 09:58 AM   #16 
  - How do you know what people are serious about?  taterguy   Aug-09-09 04:26 PM   #30 
  - Pay for healthcare with a Gas Tax. $2-$3/gal nt  One_Life_To_Give   Aug-09-09 09:37 AM   #6 
  - Would that work?  taterguy   Aug-09-09 09:45 AM   #12 
  - To get lower gas consumption, yes  One_Life_To_Give   Aug-09-09 11:58 AM   #24 
     - Europe has different housing patterns and mass transit systems  taterguy   Aug-09-09 01:21 PM   #26 
  - Just make that a Gas Tax and not a Diesel Tax  jmowreader   Aug-09-09 01:32 PM   #28 
  - Allow cash for clunkers to only apply to the purchase of a hybrid vehical.  bamacrat   Aug-09-09 09:39 AM   #7 
  - Give 50% tax credits to install solar panels.  dkf   Aug-09-09 09:42 AM   #10 
  - Why not 100%?  Indydem   Aug-09-09 09:54 AM   #13 
  - Then the Govt would be paying the whole bill and I don't think they can afford it.  dkf   Aug-09-09 09:57 AM   #15 
     - Wait, what?  Indydem   Aug-09-09 10:05 AM   #17 
     - Tax credit is a one for one subtraction from your final tax bill.  dkf   Aug-09-09 10:17 AM   #18 
        - Ok, then a non-refundable tax credit it is.  Indydem   Aug-09-09 10:21 AM   #19 
           - I'm okay with it being refundable. I think a 50/50 split with the Govt  dkf   Aug-09-09 10:25 AM   #21 
     - Sure they can afford. They can afford Iraq and Afghanistan  conspirator   Aug-11-09 06:05 AM   #55 
  - Cash for old appliances is a great idea  taterguy   Aug-09-09 11:00 AM   #22 
  - Took it from the Chinese stimulus.  dkf   Aug-09-09 03:20 PM   #29 
  - Except we don't use oil for electricity...  Viking12   Aug-10-09 05:45 PM   #39 
  - ramp up public transportation and  ensho   Aug-09-09 11:04 AM   #23 
  - The tricky thing about mass transit is the diminishing returns  taterguy   Aug-10-09 04:06 PM   #31 
  - Compel businesses to turn out their lights and turn off their signs during non-business hours.  cherokeeprogressive   Aug-10-09 04:10 PM   #32 
  - Fewer congressional junkets on the taxpayer dime. nt  Obamanaut   Aug-10-09 04:17 PM   #33 
  - Raise the gas tax by $1/gal  taught_me_patience   Aug-10-09 04:59 PM   #34 
  - It wouldn't for me  taterguy   Aug-10-09 05:21 PM   #35 
  - encourage more companies to promote telecommuting  guitar man   Aug-10-09 05:25 PM   #36 
  - I unload trucks at my job  taterguy   Aug-10-09 05:27 PM   #37 
     - I drive a bus. Wish I could do that from home. Lots less traffic.  Morning Dew   Aug-10-09 06:56 PM   #47 
  - Expand public transport and amtrak.  Jkid   Aug-10-09 05:34 PM   #38 
  - ...likely stop waging "wars" to get/protect it.  flvegan   Aug-10-09 05:53 PM   #40 
  - Ding ding ding  taterguy   Aug-10-09 06:41 PM   #42 
  - Divert oil corporation subsidies into research and development.  sofa king   Aug-10-09 05:55 PM   #41 
  - Give me all the cars.  asdjrocky   Aug-10-09 06:42 PM   #43 
  - Require an upgrade from Century old technology.  Kansas Wyatt   Aug-10-09 06:47 PM   #44 
  - I'd like to see a national speed limit of 35mph. For everything.  hunter   Aug-10-09 06:50 PM   #45 
  - You obviously don't have far to drive regularly.  Fleet   Aug-10-09 07:10 PM   #48 
  - My wife and I used to be a Los Angeles commuters. Never again.  hunter   Aug-11-09 01:43 AM   #51 
     - Additionally they are a ton of fun  Fleet   Aug-11-09 01:56 AM   #52 
        - Seriously, why settle for walking?  taterguy   Aug-11-09 04:21 PM   #57 
  - That would also solve the problem of overcrowding on the Outer Banks  taterguy   Aug-11-09 05:03 AM   #54 
     - I'd apply that speed limit to planes and trains also...  hunter   Aug-11-09 12:58 PM   #56 
  - Two things. Rebuild/renovate the decrepit highway system and associated infrastructure  Greyhound   Aug-10-09 06:52 PM   #46 
  - Start a nuclear war  JVS   Aug-10-09 07:41 PM   #49 
  - Is there any problem that can't be solved with nuclear war?  taterguy   Aug-12-09 05:51 PM   #58 
  - promote inefficiency  The2ndWheel   Aug-10-09 08:31 PM   #50 
  - Build a National high speed maglev monorail system and invest as much in  Lorien   Aug-11-09 01:57 AM   #53 

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