Saturday, May 19, 2007

Dodging the future in the hinterland

The Minnesota legislature managed to pass a 5 cent tax increase on gasoline, but it was vetoed by the Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican with ambitions. The New York Times reports that Connecticut and Texas are considering suspending their state gas tax for this summer’s “summer driving season.” Summer driving season?! Americans just don’t get it. If we don’t get on our horses, the summer driving season will be in a parched and burned landscape with temperatures in the 100s. 5 cents?! We need a national gas tax that starts at an additional 25 cents, and then adds 25 more cents every year ad infinitum ... an effective way to force business to create solutions ... you know it is going up, it is going to continue to go up, now let’s conserve. And 100% of that tax should be spent on renewable energy.

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