Glenn Beck on the gas tax – Click above to watch video after the jump

If there's one thing that is fast becoming true about the Chevy Volt, it's that right-wing political pundits really, really don't like it. So, we will admit up front that this story comes straight out of the "predictable/it's not news when an idiot says something stupid" file, but it's still worth something.

What's the deal? Well, apparently, Fox News' Glenn Beck and Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain think it's beyond the pale for General Motors' CEO, Dan Akerson, to have called for an increase in the gas tax. Beck got his dander up, saying to Akerson (through the camera):

I've seen your crappy new electric car, and no one's buying it... A 50-cent gas tax would make everyone puke. A dollar might make me puke my heart and lungs. There is a bi-partisan pukage going on here with GM, and that's what happens when gas goes up.

There's nothing in the way of context or reasons why a gas tax might be a good thing, but Beck does draw ties between Akerson and George Soros (one of Beck's favorite targets) and others through the Carlyle Group. See for yourself after the jump. The gas tax discussion starts at minute 26:30.



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      rach12
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ever hear "if you bought it, a truck brought it"? Raising the fuel tax, would raise the fuel cost, which would raise the price of practically every consumer good imaginable by raising the cost to get it to the point of it's final sale. While it would, in affect be the government forcing people into smaller greener cars, because the government apparently knows better than the average citizen as to what they should want to drive; it would take more money out of people's pockets. 1. Cost for buying new car that is more efficient due to higher prices of fuel 2. Higher cost of insuring a brand new vehicle 3. Higher cost of everything a consumer buys with that new vehicle as described above. Result is that with a higher gas tax, the consumer loses, every time. But what do I know? I'm just a libertarian with a degree in economics.
        bhtooefr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rach12
        There is a way around that... only apply the tax for car fuel. There are already states that don't tax truck fuel at the pump, and collect that tax after the fact, so there's already a regulatory structure for taxing trucks separately.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rach12
        [blocked]
          Amnigo
          • 3 Years Ago
          Just so you know, despite what your congressman may tell you, "big oil" subsidies don't exist. They are domestic production subsidies, and exist for nearly every industry in the country. They are not exclusive to oil companies, and getting rid of them would do more than just hurt the big bad oil companies.
        Michael
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rach12
        A higher gas tax would not be such a bad thing. When trains are proposed, people get angry and say that the cost of the train and train service is not covered by the revenue it brings in. People don't want to subsidize trains government (tax) money. When it comes to roads, the same should apply. We need to raise the gas tax until it covers the cost of building and maintaining roads. If it causes the cost of other items to rise, even though those who buy the items may not even own a car, so be it. They too owe some money to help pay the cost of the roads they indirectly use to enjoy the quality of life they enjoy.
        BoostUp!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rach12
        How many semi-trucks are run on gasoline? Gasoline and diesel are already taxed at different rates, with diesel being taxed at a higher rate federally than gasoline, so raising the tax on gasoline while leaving the tax on diesel at the current level shouldn't effect consumer goods pricing all that much...
          rach12
          • 3 Years Ago
          @BoostUp!
          It always does, think about all of the people involved in bringing a good to it's final point of sale. It is inevitable. The thought that it is in our best interest to give the government more money is rediculus. Remember in this recession, the only sector growing is government jobs (a fact). So yes, let's give them more so they can keep growing and not helping at all.
      deerhunter491
      • 3 Years Ago
      beck is right. A $1.00 gas tax increase is a stupid idea
        • 3 Years Ago
        @deerhunter491
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      Scr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Akerson is not a car guy, and he does not know what side of the bread is buttered on, or where the butter comes from for that matter. He is an Obama stooge. GM makes most of its money on trucks and large vehicles. Increasing gas by $1 a gallon or more means less trucks rolling out of GMs factories. Since GM really cannot compete competively with their small fuel efficient cars, they will lose ass-tons of our cash. Even if mroe people go for hybrids, they will just end up at a Toyota or Honda dealership and pocket an extra 10-15 grand rather than buy a re-Volt. Akerson is nuts.
      jed1988
      • 3 Years Ago
      Autoblog, please stick to reporting car news I don't visit your site (multiple times a day) to read opinion pieces about someone who you don't like and how wild they are. Truth of it is that the volt really does suck, its a novelty that has no practical uses-the electricity that it runs off of is most likely created by (depending on where you live) either coal or natural gas burning plants which cause more pollution that your average sedan. So here is what you get with the Volt; really limited range, expensive refueling, more pollution and a tax break. Also we are already taxed on gas and the current national average for a gallon is around 4 dollars, for a student like me who commutes year round thats a real pain in the ass, 5 dollar a gallon (with the proposed extra 1 dollar tax) and I wouldnt be able to afford my commute to school. Basically all I am trying to say is the volt stinks, gas is already too expensive and please please please stick to actual car news. I love the site but this is stupid
        baldheadeddork
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jed1988
        Electricity created by coal or natural gas cause more pollution than burning gasoline? Not quite. The amount of CO2 put out by coal-powered generator stations equals the CO2 created from transportation. That is the best way to frame what you're trying to say, and it's a tie with CO2 from transportation. For gas-powered electrical generation, it's no contest. Coal plants produce twice as much electricity as gas plants in the US, but coal plants emit more than five times as much CO2. Electricity coming from a natural gas-fueled powerplant is much cleaner than what comes out of the tailpipe of a car. That's only looking at the end use of the fuel. Refining oil into gasoline is very energy intensive and it creates a lot of pollution on its own. And petroleum has another disadvantage in the costs of getting it from source to market, neither of which is a significant factor for coal or natural gas in the US. But the coup de grace is the efficiency of how we use these fuels. It's one thing to just compare pollutants, but how much work are we getting for the fuel we use? This is where the ICE goes into the ditch. The most efficient internal combustion engine turns less than 20% of the energy created in burning the fuel into pushing the car down the road. The typical efficiency of a coal-powered gas turbine generator is 50% greater than that, and there are new turbines with 60% efficiency. Coal power plants generate as much CO2 as petroleum-powered transportation, but they are over 50% more efficient. So no, even electricity created by burning coal does not create more pollution than driving an average sedan with a gas ICE alone.
      dontneedpants
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is this the same Akerson who called the Prius a geekmobile? http://gm-volt.com/2010/12/10/gm-ceo-i-wouldnt-be-caught-dead-in-a-prius/
      At_Liberty
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think a gas tax could be defensible, but it's obvious why it's unpopular. The reason Akerson's opinion is stupid is that he is chairman of GM. Car executives don't get to have unpopular *public* opinions.... it's an unwritten rule of the job. Just ask Bob Lutz, as it's probably why he isn't chairman of GM....
      Charlie
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't subscribe to Autoblog for half baked left wing political commentary. There are PLENTY of shady shenanigans going on in GM since the bailout that I would love more coverage of, that certainly apply to the broad topic of this blog. Akerson's remark for example (and HIS talk about puke) is certainly newsworthy -- oddly enough I got unbiased coverage of it on autobloggreen. I don't care what one particularly loud and sarcastic conservative celebrity happened to think about it, or your personal thoughts on Beck's response. I especially dislike ANYONE spinning my news or taking things out of context. I don't turn to AutoBlog for political commentary, and seeing such biased drivel in my automotive newsfeed is actually infuriating. I'm not conservative; I'm also not the ignorant fool you apparently take me to be. I'll give Jalopnik a try for a while instead.
        Todd Dunning
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Charlie
        Charlie unfortunately there are a lot of teenagers reading Autoblog which accounts for the overall far-left comments and pro-Union articles.
        H.E. Pennypacker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Charlie
        cry more.
        rach12
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Charlie
        As a libertarian I agree. A heavily slanted story like this serves no purpose here. Regardless of our thoughts on the volt or beck, somethin so clearly slanted has no place here or anywhere
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Luke Barreto
      • 3 Years Ago
      I come to autoblog for automotive news, not politics. leave posts like this for the idiots over on autoblog green.
        gork
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Luke Barreto
        Who said anything about green? Every time the price of oil drops because of increased domestic oil production (Canada and the US) increases, OPEC decreases output to shoot the price back up, and/or traders start storing more oil in the millions in storage facilities, to raise the price and make a profit. This is about getting off the addiction to oil and the way OPEC (which includes Iran's Ahmedinejad and Venezuela's Chavez) controls America's economic growth, and stopping free markets from manipulating oil prices for the benefit of the wealthy who make money off blue-collar Americans left and right, regardless of political affiliation.
        Blake
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Luke Barreto
        Some mighty fine irony in that comment.
      DivisibleByZer0
      • 3 Years Ago
      Glenn Beck, one of the biggest trolls of this generation.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      David S.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hear Glen Beck's new job will be teaching a course in college: Douchebag 101....
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