Fuel Taxes Must Rise to $7 a Gallon to Meet Obama’s Greenhouse Gas Targets, Harvard Researchers Say

Read the news article below carefully.  What it basically says is that the Obama administration’s goal is to force more people to walk instead of use their cars, by driving gasoline taxes up to $7 a gallon.

But hey…he promised to help the poor, right?  Well, how’s $7 a gallon gas taxes going to help the poor?  “No new taxes on the middle class.”  Remember that promise?

Like any elitist, he doesn’t give a tinker’s damn about the poor, unless it benefits him in some way.  He really only cares about centralized control. 

And a populace that can’t afford to drive their own cars can be easily controlled.

Watch out.  It’s coming.  These guys are serious.  They will not rest until they have total control of every aspect of our lives.

There’s not a shred of evidence left for global warming.  Yet they are purposely setting “greenhouse gas” emission levels so low that our nation’s industrial base will be crippled, and most Americans won’t be able to afford to drive.  

Whatever you do, make sure you vote in the November 2010 elections, and any special elections held before then.  Make sure you know who you’re voting for, and what they stand for.  Hold their feet to the fire.  Make them sign pledges regarding what they’ll vote for and what they won’t. 

If we don’t stop it in November, we’re doomed.

— Spencer

Fuel Taxes Must Rise to $7 a Gallon to Meet Obama’s Greenhouse Gas Targets, Harvard Researchers Say

http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/02/fuel-taxes-must-rise-harvard-researchers-say/

March 2, 2010, 6:35 pm

By SINDYA N. BHANOO

To meet the Obama administration’s targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, some researchers say, Americans may have to experience a sobering reality: gas at $7 a gallon.

To reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the transportation sector 14 percent from 2005 levels by 2020, the cost of driving must simply increase, according to a forthcoming report by researchers at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

The 14 percent target was set in the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget for fiscal 2010.

In their study, the researchers devised several combinations of steps that United States policymakers might take in trying to address the heat-trapping emissions by the nation’s transportation sector, which consume 70 percent of the oil used in the United States.

Most of their models assumed an economy-wide carbon dioxide tax starting at $30 a ton in 2010 and escalating to $60 a ton in 2030. In some cases researchers also factored in tax credits for electric and hybrid vehicles, taxes on fuel or both.

In the modeling, it turned out that issuing tax credits could backfire, while taxes on fuel proved beneficial.

“Tax credits don’t address how much people use their cars,” said Ross Morrow, one of the report’s authors. “In reverse, they can make people drive more.”

Dr. Morrow, formerly a fellow at the Belfer Center, is a professor of mechanical engineering and economics at Iowa State University

Researchers said that vehicle miles traveled will increase by more than 30 percent between 2010 and 2030 unless policymakers increase fuel taxes.

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